Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

PREP Admissions


Qualities We Look for in an Applicant

Solid academic background

  • Variety of science, mathematical, bioengineering, biomedical disciplines
  • GPA

Research Experience

  • Depth and length of experiences
  • Research interest statement

Commitment to Ph.D. training

  • Defined goals, interests
  • Pursuit of rigorous research training
  • Personal career goals statement

Communication skills

  • Discussion of your experiences
  • Current scientific events/papers
  • Broad research knowledge

Eligible Applicants are Underrepresented College Graduates

The BCM PREP program is funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences R25 GM056929-23 grant to support college graduates who are underrepresented (UR) in science and medicine to enter and succeed in rigorous biomedical Ph.D. programs, as stipulated by the Notice of NIH Interest in Diversity NOT-OD-20-31, and summarized below:

  • U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals or individuals lawfully admitted for permanent residency 
  • Were awarded a baccalaureate degree no more than 36 months prior to applying
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latinx
  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Women in math-intensive research
  • Sexual and gender minorities

Application Process

The application portal opens Oct. 1 and final application deadline is first Monday in March. Applications received by Jan. 1 will be considered for early review and are strongly encouraged. Late applications will be considered on a space-available basis.

Applications are considered complete once the three (3) letters of recommendation are received on or before the first Monday in March deadline.

Well ranked applicants will be notified for interviews in January (early consideration) and March (regular consideration). The application review process will be complete in late March.

Be it on campus, virtual or hybrid, research experiences will begin as scheduled.