Tufts University PREP – Apply by March 31st

Tufts PREP

Application: Online application


The Post-Baccalaureate Research Program (PREP) at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University School of Medicine offers research training for recent graduates of undergraduate colleges and universities who are interested in pursuing research careers in the biomedical sciences. It is funded by a National Institute of Health grant designed to increase the number of people from groups currently under-represented in biomedical science research who enter research careers.

Most biomedical PhD training programs value applicants who have strong research experience. However, many people who wish to enter research training have not had the requisite experience. Some did not discover their passion for research until late in their undergraduate training. Others were in schools without adequate research opportunities and others had to work or focus on family responsibilities. The PREP is designed to provide the research experiences that make its participants highly sought-after applicants for graduate schools. Tufts PREP trainees perform one to two years of fully supported research work on a hypothesis-driven research problem in a field of their choosing.

If you are curious about biological phenomena, enjoy your science and mathematics classes, have a passionate interest in making discoveries, want to obtain a PhD or a combined MD/PhD and qualify for admission this is the program for you.

What is PREP?

PREP prepares you to be a successful applicant for quality PhD or MD/PhD biomedical research training. The program gives you the skills to effectively present your research work. The program also mentors your transition from scientific worker to scientist and prepares you to understand current scientific work in your field and in relevant related fields.

Research & Research Mentoring During PREP

PREP Scholars spend at least 75% of their time engaged in a mentored research project in a field of their choosing. Each Scholar has a faculty mentor who is a member of the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences faculty. Scholars also have a Faculty Research Advisory Committee with three members in addition to your mentor. The committee will discuss your project and progress with you at least twice a year.


As a PREP Scholar, you will have the opportunity to take graduate courses as well as a course specifically designed to give you important skills every scientist needs.

Additional Activities

Our PREP Scholars participate in other activities that strengthen preparation for PhD and MD/PhD training. These include:

  • Attend (and hopefully present a poster at) a national meeting related to your field of research
  • Participate in the student activities of a Sackler graduate program related to your field of research
  • Attend graduate student research presentations and also present your research
  • Attend graduate program seminars
  • Attend graduate program retreat (Second Year)
  • Participate in the student journal club of a graduate program (Second Year)
  • Attend PREP graduate application preparation sessions
  • Receive individual guidance in application and interview preparation (includes mock interviews)

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