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Daniel Villarreal                                                                                                                                                                                                         2009-2010 PREP Scholar

PREP Mentor: Yvonne Paterson, PhD
Undergrad: University of California, Davis (2009)
Current Position: Graduate Student, University of Pennsylvania,
Cell and Molecular Biology

What was your most valuable experience as a PREP scholar?

Participating in PREP was the best opportunity and experience of my life! The program allowed me to become familiar with graduate work and helped me make meaningful connections in the field. The experience opened doors to other research opportunities and solidified my decision to continue research at the graduate school level.

 

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Elane Reyes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             2008-2010 PREP Scholar

PREP Mentor: Guido Silvestri, MD
Undergrad: University of Puerto Rico, Humacao (2008)
Current Position: Graduate Student, Case Western Reserve University

What was your most valuable experience as a PREP scholar?

Penn PREP helped me develop confidence to tackle graduate school and the blessing of being a third author in a major publication journal. It also provided an intensive workshop on how to critique journals, how to study for graduate courses but most of all, to enjoy a science career.

 

Publications:

Blood. 2012 Sep 18

Nature Medicine 17, 830–836 (2011)

 

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Outcomes: Of the 39 scholars who have completed Penn Prep, 32 have gone on to PhD or MD-PhD programs. 

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