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Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program in Biomedical Sciences

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Academic Level:

The University of South Carolina's PREP provides two years of post-baccalaureate training to minority students who have indicated a desire to enter graduate school with the aim of obtaining a Ph.D. degree in the bio-medical sciences. We have designed a program that will include:

. Research experience in a biomedical research laboratory

. Mentoring by an experienced faculty member and other members of his/her research team

. Association with a senior graduate student as a "research buddy"

. Seminar presentation by the PREP Scholar to enhance scientific communication skills

. GRE preparation

. Presentation of work at scientific meetings

. One biomedical graduate course per semester

. Foundation courses including ethics, use of animals and radioactivity, paper writing and problem solving

. Journal clubs to stimulate critical thinking about the published literature

. Attendance at seminars by outside faculty

This program allows PREP Scholars to experience biomedical research and demonstrate their abilities as researchers. In addition, they will have the opportunity to show their ability to do well in graduate level coursework. PREP Scholars who demonstrate the potential to excel at biomedical research and who have a strong recommendation from their research advisory committee will be guaranteed acceptance into one of USC's Ph.D. programs and encouraged to apply for admittance to other Ph.D. programs as well. We anticipate that the Scholars' laboratory research experience and graduate coursework will not only ensure their acceptance into a graduate program, but will also shorten the time needed to complete a Ph.D. by about a year.

Participating Institution(s):
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University of South Carolina, Columbia (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Cellular Biology
Genetics & Genomics
Medical Sciences
Molecular Biology
Pharmaceutical Sciences

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This program is funded by:
National Institute of Health (NIH)

Page last updated 2/15/2024
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