The Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)
The PREP Program Structure
PREP: Information About the Course of Study
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The PREP certificate program is designed to provide students who have
an aptitude for science with the motivation, academic tools, research
skills, and self-confidence to pursue a PhD in biomedical science.
Students enter the PREP for a year experience that provides extensive
laboratory research training and special learning opportunities that
build not only knowledge but also analytical and thinking skills.
A major part of this experience will be the ability to earn a graduate
certificate. This PREP certificate program requires the completion of
the Post-Baccalaureate Research Training Curriculum (shown in the Table
This curriculum provides critical Principles of Laboratory Safety (BBSC
6217) and Ethics of Scientific Research (MEHU 6101) training as well as
exposure to broad based research seminars. Two critical courses — BBSC
6103 Introduction to the Study of Biological Systems and BBSC 6104
Critical Reading of Scientific Literature are also included. There is
also exposure to current research across the breadth of biomedical
science through the BBSC 6195, the Frontiers of Science Seminar course
(taken twice). This provides a total of 7 hours of instruction at the
graduate level to enhance the background of students and to build
confidence as they consider doctoral training in the biomedical science.
Immersion of the student in the PREP curriculum will complement
laboratory, departmental, and graduate student social and other
enrichment activities. The PREP also offers extensive counseling, close
mentoring and the option for successful PREP Scholars to enter a
doctoral program of study at UTMB or other top flight graduate school in
Upon successful completion of the PREP the enrollee will receive a
Post-Baccalaureate Research Training Certificate, which will be
reflected on their official UTMB transcript.