Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

PREP Application Components


A complete application consists of:

An Essay

An essay should provide a unique perspective of the applicant.  We suggest that several drafts are developed and shared with a mentor, faculty, career center, and/or lab co-workers to provide constructive critique of the essay.

Career Objectives – describe your interests in science and motivation to pursue a career as a research scientist. 

Why BCM PREP – explain how your participation in the BCM post-baccalaureate program will help you reach your career goal

Research Experience – describe your previous research experience, including details of the project, what you did, what you learned, and the significance of the work.  Describe what added research experience you hope to gain.

Letter of Recommendation (3)

The BCM PREP application requires three (3) letters of recommendation from professors and research supervisors. If you have research experience, one of the letters must be from a research supervisor, preferably the most recent.

When selecting your referees, it is important for them to comment on your desire to be a scientist, intellectual capability, creativity and imagination, scientific background in coursework, laboratory and/or technical skills, comparison to other students (e.g. undergraduate, graduate), suitability for graduate school and research, ability to complete long-term tasks, ability to interact with others, honesty, integrity and maturity.

Enter each recommender's name and email address into the application system. Upon submission of your application, an email invitation with a letter submission link will be sent to your recommenders requesting the submission of a letter for you. You will receive an email notification once we receive each letter of recommendation.


You are required to upload an unofficial transcript for your application from all colleges and universities attended. You must request an official transcript to be sent electronically from your school to if you are selected to participate in the program. Electronic transcripts emailed directly from the applicant are considered copies and will not be accepted.


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