The 2017 application deadline is March 15th. Applications will be reviewed by a committee starting February 1st.
• Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
• Must be part of an ethnic group considered to be historically underrepresented by the federal government and/or demonstrate educational deficiencies due to economic deprivation or geographic disadvantages (e.g., inner city disadvantaged schools, disadvantaged schools in rural poverty areas.)
• Applicants must hold a B.A./B.S. degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8/4.0
• Applicants must have graduated within the last three years
• Academic and community-based supportive environment
• Strong Biomedical/Behavioral and Life Sciences educational atmosphere
• Professional development skills including research, writing, presentation, and networking
• Up to $27,000 annual stipend plus benefits as a "commonwealth scholar"
• Tuition support to attend foundation courses such as biochemistry and/or research methods, or molecular biology
• Travel support to attend and/or present at a scientific meeting including ABRCMS and SACNAS
• Support to attend a workshop for training in specific research areas or acquire new skills
• Intense mentoring to help you meet your goal of admission into a Ph.D. program of your choice
• A GRE preparation course if needed
NOTE: GRE scores are not required and are not taken into consideration for entry into the program. GRE scores are ONLY used to determine your foundation.
Complete the Application Packet
- personal statement
- unofficial transcripts
Please e-mail three letters of recommendation (at least two from a faculty member) from individuals familiar with your academic potential for a doctoral graduate degree in biomedical/behavioral study in science or engineering.
Official academic transcripts from all institutions can be mailed to:
PREP Program Office
2250 Litton-Reaves Hall
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061