Frequently Asked Questions about PREP

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for participation the KU PREP program, you must...

  • be a U.S. citizen or legal resident,
  • have received a bachelor's degree within the last three years, and
  • intend to attend graduate school in a science-related field.

Consistent with KU’s Policy on Diversity of the Student Body, the purpose of the PREP program is to achieve greater participation from students from underrepresented groups in the biomedical and behavioral research enterprise of this country; consequently, women, minorities, and members of other underrepresented groups (e.g., economically disadvantaged, first generation, etc.) are especially encouraged to apply.

If you have a question about your eligibility, please contact the PREP program coordinator.

What are some of the activities that I will participate in as a PREP student?

In addition to providing students with a mentored research experience and supplemental coursework, PREP also provided personalized academic counseling, assistance selecting and applying to graduate programs, local presentation opportunities, travel support to attend national meetings, and other opportunities to enhance research and academic skills.

How do I select a mentor?

A mentor is a KU or KU affiliated faculty member who can provide a research lab for a PREP student. Because your mentor shapes your research experience, the program coordinator is available to help you identify potential faculty mentors that fit your research interests and career goals. A list of relevant departmental websites is available here as a mentor search starting point.

If you are a faculty member that is interested in hosting a postbaccalaureate student in your laboratory, please contact the PREP program coordinator.

Other questions?

For more information, please contact:

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

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