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Program Components

Core Components


  • In-depth training in scientific research skills by one of 44 potential mentors who represent diverse areas of the biomedical sciences and who have a demonstrated commitment to mentoring.
  • Research training will focus on how to develop a research project, critical thinking skills, experimental techniques, data collection and analysis and synthesis and interpretation of results.
  • PREP trainees will carry out an independent project, which they will be expected to present at regional and/or national conferences.

Preparation for Graduate Program Admissions

  • GRE preparation course (optional)
  • Feedback on personal statements and CVs
  • Academic instruction through two mini-courses: Cellular Physiology and Molecular Genetics
  • Mock graduate school admissions interviews

Professional Development

  • Scientific Communication Skills workshop series that focuses on developing confidence and clarity of communication in the fundamental methods of disseminating scientific information
  • Opportunities to present research at scientific conferences

Social Activities

  • Participation in NUIN events, including the annual retreat, quarterly socials, monthly seminars
  • Network with extramural PREP trainees at regional events

Individualized Components


  • Individual Development Plans (IDPs) will be used to guide bi-monthly meetings with adviser
  • Guidance on selection of PhD programs


  • Scholars have the option to develop a course of study selected from upper-division undergraduate classes
  • Auditing of graduate-level classes is also possible for more targeted learning activities

NIH T32 Training Programs

  • Opportunity to participate in training events affiliated with one of several Training Programs (T32s), including training days, retreats and meetings with invited speakers, faculty, postdocs and graduate students.

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