Program Features

The goal of the program is to increase understanding of the principles and practices of biomedical research.  The core of the program is a long-term research project conducted in the laboratory of a skilled faculty mentor.  PREP scholars will learn to devise hypotheses, plan experiments, analyze results, and consider the impact of their research on their scientific discipline.  Activities in the lab will be supplemented with opportunities designed to prepare PREP scholars for graduate school, such as:

  • Research seminars, retreats, and conferences
  • One academic course per semester
  • Workshops in scientific writing, public speaking, career advising, and Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
  • Standardized test preparation courses
  • Application assistance, with a focus on the personal essay and interview skills
  • Social activities with other PREP scholars, program staff, undergraduate interns, graduate students, and laboratory associates
  • PREP scholars also receive a competitive stipend, including health insurance


PREP Brochure (PDF)

Download the PennPREP brochure (PDF)


Tel: 215-898-3396