PREP@Iowa helps grad school applicants

A National Institutes of Health training grant will help the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine strengthen the research skills and academic competitiveness of candidates for graduate programs who come from groups traditionally underrepresented in biomedical fields.

The five-year, $1.2 million award from the Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences will support five students each year who hold a recent baccalaureate degree in a biomedically relevant science. PREP participants will spend a year working as apprentice students in preceptors’ UI laboratories and engaging in a highly structured and customized program of career development activities, seminars, and coursework to enhance their qualifications for graduate school. These “PREP@Iowa” scholars will establish relationships with mentors that will increase their success in applying for graduate programs.