Gap Year Experience to Prepare for Graduate Studies for Students from Underrepresented Groups in STEM
The University of Louisville Biomedical Integrative Opportunity for Mentored Experience Development Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (UL-BIOMED-PREP), is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded program that provides an extensive paid research experience in outstanding research facilities with leading investigators at the University of Louisville. This one year-long program also provides comprehensive professional development experiences and workshops to strengthen the professional skills necessary to apply and succeed in research and graduate school. Overall, this experience is designed to prepare individuals for admission into a biomedical sciences PhD program.
This program seeks graduates who demonstrate a high level of interest/engagement in biomedical research but are not ready to apply to graduate school.
Why Choose UL-BIOMED-PREP?
Receive 12 months of paid research experience with access to health benefits and tuition support for PREP courses
Access to state-of-the-art research facilities
Access to a diverse UofL faculty (>60) from different disciplines with graduate student mentoring experience
Rotation in two laboratories before selection of a mentor
Exposure to graduate-level courses
Access to GRE test preparation services and tutoring opportunities
Emphasize and discuss the most effective learning strategies with current graduate students
Acquire Molecular Biology skills including library preparation for RNAseq analysis (1 full week)
Professional development workshops focusing on communication and writing as well as goal setting, motivation, and perseverance
Access to senior graduate students as Peer Mentors
Participation in the UL-BIOMED-PREP journal club/Research in progress meetings and formal training in reading and presenting data/primary literature
Networking opportunities including lab meetings, group journal clubs, presentation of research findings at an annual symposium and travel allowance for an opportunity to present at a National Research Meeting
Financial Aid/advance provided on a case-by-case basis for flight and housing deposit/first month rent
Application submissions will open on Dec 15, 2023. Application review is rolling and will begin March 15 until all positions are filled, or the May 5 deadline is reached.
The 2024-2025 cohort runs from June 3, 2024 to May 31, 2025.