Welcome to Purdue PREP

The Purdue University Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) For Translational Biomedical Sciences is  funded by the National Institute of General Medicines (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health to foster diversity in the biomedical sciences, the Purdue PREP is a one-year post-baccalaureate program that provides in-depth research experience, graduate coursework, professional development, and career planning. Through a team mentoring approach, we strive to help participants develop a path for admission to a PhD, DVM-PhD, or MD-PhD program and a successful career in biomedical research.

Program Highlights

  • PREP Scholars receive a minimum stipend of $27,000 with access to health insurance
  • Mentorship for research, academics, professional development, and career planning
  • Individualized activities aligned to Purdue PREP Scholar's goals
  • Location: West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Program dates: Early June 2022 - Late May 2023



Virtual Information Sessions

The Purdue PREP program will be holding Virtual Information Sessions on Thursday, February 3rd via ZOOM at 7pm EST.



students looking through a microscope in a lab while a professor looks on
Dr. Suresh Mittal, distinguished professor of Virology and his students working in the lab.



Program Components


  • Engage in laboratory rotations followed by a 10-11 month mentored research experience
  • Obtain training in laboratory safety and responsible conduct in research (RCR)
  • Participate in weekly lab meetings and journal clubs


  • Enroll in upper-level undergraduate or graduate level coursework
  • Learn about the graduate school application process

Community & Resiliency

  • Interact with Purdue graduate students in biomedical science as well as across disciplines
  • Engage in social activities led by peer mentors
  • Create a bridge between past and present experiences

Professional Development and Career Planning

  • Explore biomedical research-related careers
  • Prepare an individualized development plan (IDP) to map out future academic and professional goal
  • Develop skills in written and oral communication

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