From the program director
Welcome to the PREP program! PREP aims to help train the next generation of leaders in biomedical sciences from underrepresented backgrounds. To achieve this goal, PREP provides an immersive research experience, graduate-level courses, and a curriculum that helps participants develop professional and leadership skills to help them successfully navigate their Ph.D. and future research careers.
The PREP curriculum includes workshops and seminars that focus on a variety of topics such as mentor selection, individual development plan preparation, time management, difficult conversations, presentation skills, grant writing, and more. PREP also offers a variety of useful and interesting seminars on topics such as imposter syndrome, emotional intelligence, health disparities, micro-aggressions, stereotype threat, racism, and many other topics. A “My Story” Summer series exposes students to scientific role models involved in academic research, industry, and government settings. Finally, PREP scholars are encouraged to participate in the organization of a biennial conference, Scientific Innovations Through Diverse Perspectives (SITDP), organized by students, for students.
PREP scholars are able to take graduate-level courses at the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences that can be transferred to most Ph.D. programs. PREP scholars can also access GRE preparation tutors and mock interviews to help them prepare for Ph.D. applications and interviews. Of great importance is the near-peer mentoring from Ph.D. and M.D.-Ph.D. students, other post-baccalaureate scholars, medical students, and postdoctoral fellows that students within the program have access to. Students are also presented with opportunities to mentor other students and participate in community outreach activities.
We invite you to take a look around our website to learn more about our program.
Luis Lujan, Ph.D., M.S.
Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences