About PREP


The Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) is a National Institute of Health (NIH) supported program at the University of Kansas (KU) that promotes diversity in biomedical research. KU PREP aims to increase the number of underrepresented students who obtain advanced degrees in the biomedical sciences by providing postbaccalaureate students with supplemental opportunities that are designed to prepare them for admission into competitive graduate programs.


To prepare participants for graduate study, PREP provides...

  • tuition support for two semesters
  • Nine months - 1 year of GRA support
  • an extensive mentored research experience with a KU faculty mentor,
  • personalized academic counseling, including individualized development plans
  • specialized coursework and seminars,
  • professional development opportunities,
  • presentation opportunities, and
  • an allowance for travel to national meetings.


For questions or more information about the program, please contact the PREP Program Coordinator:

Lynn S. Villafuerte
Program Coordinator
1002A Haworth Hall
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045-7534

To contact other Office for Diversity in Science Training support staff or administration, please visit the ODST Contact page.

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