The objective of  University of California Santa Cruz Post-Baccalaureate Research Program (PREP) is to provide individuals from underrepresented groups who have recently obtained their baccalaureate degrees with intensive research experience.  This will strengthen their candidacy for admission to the nation’s strongest Ph.D. programs, and prepare them to earn Ph.D. degrees in the biomedical sciences.

Our 2016-2017 cohort will begin their program in July 1 of 2016

There are several NIH-PREP programs at institutions across the country

UCSC PREP Highlights

•1 year program 

•Conduct research in cutting edge laboratory at UC Santa Cruz

•Financial Package including salary, and benefits (75% time status as a Junior Specialist)

•Preparation course for the GRE (summer 2015)

•Participation in research seminars and journal clubs 

•Strong, diverse community of peers doing research

•Work with faculty and staff on your Individualized Development Plan

•Travel to a conference to present your work

•Obtain more research references

Eligibility Information:

(Stipulated by NIH grant requirements)

  1. US Citizen or Permanent Resident

  2. Graduated or in the process of graduating with a baccalaureate degree in a biomedically relevant science or engineering discipline, from an accredited U.S. college or university, no more than 36 months prior to applying to PREP, and are not currently enrolled in a graduate degree program.

  3. Must belong to groups considered underrepresented in the biomedical sciences as defined by the NIH to include individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds (socially, culturally, economically, or educationally). Applications are especially encouraged from students who are African American/Black; Hispanic/Latino American; Native American Indian/Alaskan Native, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.

  4. Will apply to a Ph.D. program in a biomedically relevant science the fall of their first year in PREP.

Contact Information:

Faculty Director: William Sullivan, Ph.D., E-mail:

Interim Program Director: Yulianna Ortega, E-mail:


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