Dominque Munson ( PREP 15), gave the following advice for incoming cohorts;
"To become more competitive for admission into top biomedical interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs, I applied to and was accepted into several competitive NIH sponsored Post-Baccalaureate Research and Education Programs (PREP), including Virginia Tech PREP. As a VT-PREP scholar, my goals are to develop additional research skills in immunology, take graduate level courses, and become more proficient in skills needed to succeed in graduate school, including grant writing and scientific presentations. I was enrolled in two graduate level courses, Biochemistry and Molecular in the Cell, at Virginia Tech. Currently, I am conducting research in Dr. Caroline Leeth’s Lab. I am involved in a project that studies how the immune system responds to the microbiome. As a part of my PREP year, I had opportunity to present my research such as Emory STEM Symposium at Emory University and Biweekly Forums at Virginia Tech. Also, I attended several conferences such as the BioCore Symposium at Duke University, University of the North Carolina at Chapel Hill Preview Weekend, and Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students Symposium. I was successfully accepted to several Ph.D. programs. After my PREP year, I will be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the Biological and Biomedical Ph.D. program in the Fall 2018. For the upcoming PREP scholars, I will advise them to take advantage of all the opportunities to network such as the networking breakfasts and conferences/workshops."