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Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)
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Diversity Programs: School of Medicine Post-Baccalaureate Program
Our Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) will accept applications from November 15, 2019 through February 15, 2020 (12 midnight EST). Top candidates will be interviewed. Those who accept our offer will visit in April/May to meet with potential research mentors. Program activities start in June/July.
Applications will be accepted from Nov. 15, 2019 through February 15, 2020.
- Research experience: Scholars conduct hypothesis-driven research in their Mentor’s lab, with day-to-day guidance by an experienced PhD student or postdoc. Scholars participate fully in weekly lab meetings, attend weekly research seminars in their department, attend a vibrant PhD program retreat and a national conference of their choice.
- Community: Scholars come together each month for two-hour ‘chalk-talk’ events to present and discuss their research with Peer-Mentors (PhD students, postdocs) and faculty.
- Project (‘mini-thesis’) meetings: Scholars gain confidence by organizing, preparing for, and convening three one-hour ‘mini-thesis’ meetings with two subject-expert faculty, plus their research mentor and the PREP Director. Scholars benefit both scientifically and professionally by building strong working relationships with multiple faculty members at Johns Hopkins who are experts in their field of interest.
- Professional training and custom mentoring: Scholars participate in workshops designed to improve their scientific writing skills, and understand ethics in science, and can choose from many other workshops including communication and improvisation. Each Scholar charts an individual development plan with the PREP Director, with custom mentoring both formal (monthly one-hour meetings) and informally as needed.
- Preparation for GRE or MCAT exam, graduate school applications and interviews.
- Annual salary of $34,000 plus health, retirement, tuition and other benefits
Who Should Apply:
- US Citizens or Permanent Residents with a keen interest in entering a PhD or MD/PhD program from populations under-represented in the Biomedical Sciences.
- College seniors or recent graduates with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science— including but not limited to biochemistry, bioinformatics, biology, biomedical engineering, biophysics, chemistry, cell biology, computational sciences, genetics, mathematics, microbiology, molecular biology, neuroscience, tissue engineering, virology and related fields.
We consider a variety of factors that demonstrate scientific potential and motivation for PhD careers. Applicants should have strong grades in science and math (GPA 3.3 or better)— or a strong upward trajectory in science/math grades. Exceptions may be made for students with research experience.
Please contact PREP-DDP@jhmi.edu for questions about PREP eligibility or general application questions.
Meet our PREP Scholars!
BS (Cell & Molecular Biology) 2015, University of Puerto Rico
BS (Biology) 2015, University of St. Thomas (Texas)
James D. Barnett
BS (Biomedical Sciences) 2012, Auburn University (Alabama)
BS (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology) 2015, University of Maryland, Baltimore County with mentor Michael Summers (https://chemistry.umbc.edu/faculty/michael-summers/ )
BS (Microbiology) 2015, Turabo University (Puerto Rico)
BS (Biochemistry) 2015, University of California, Riverside
BA (Psychology) 2014, University of Central Florida
BS (Bioengineering) 2015, University of California, San Diego
BS (Biology) 2016, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Chelsy R. Eddings
BA (Molecular & Cellular Biology; Neurobiology) 2016, University of California, Berkeley
BA (Biophysics) 2013, Hunter College (New York)
BS (Molecular Cell Developmental Biology) 2016, University of California, Santa Cruz
BA (Neuroscience) 2016, Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY)
BS (Psychology) 2016, University of Oregon
BS (Neuroscience) 2017, Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore)
BS (Biology) 2016, State University New York, Plattsburgh
Cyrianne S. Keutcha
BS (Biochemistry), 2017, Georgia State University
BS (Neural Science) 2017, New York University
Melissa E. Fajardo
BS (Biological Science) 2016, Florida International University
Kelly A. Fogelson
BS (Neuroscience) 2017, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
BS (Biomedical Sci), 2018, Makerere University (Uganda)
Diego R. Ramos Ortiz
BS (Chemistry) 2018, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez
BS (Genetics & Genomics) 2018, University of California, Davis
BE (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences) 2019, Cornell University (New York)
BS (Biology) 2019, University of Montevallo (Alabama)
Sergio L. Crespo
BS (Chemistry) 2019, New Jersey City University
BS (Biochemistry) 2019, University of California Riverside wit
BS (Biochemistry) 2019, Hampton University (Virginia)
Jareb J. Pérez
BS (Medical Microbiology) 2019, University of Puerto Rico, Arecibo
BS (Biology) 2019, University of Puerto Rico, Cayey
BS (Cell & Molecular Biology) 2019, Towson University (Maryland)