Monday, April 14, 2014

Emory PREP not accepting students this year

Thank you for your continued interest in the Emory PREP program. We have submitted a renewal and should we be favorably reviewed, will again open our application in January 2015.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Emory University STEM Research and Career Symposium [March 26-28, 2014]

Please join us next March at Emory's second STEM Research and Career Symposium!
Convened and organized by Laney Graduate School, the symposium will bring faculty advisors and their students from diverse backgrounds to the Emory campus for two days of shared research presentations and for networking, mentoring, and recruitment. Participants will include outstanding undergraduates intending to pursue the PhD or MD/PhD degree and graduate students seeking postdoctoral opportunities. Faculty advisors are also encouraged to attend and learn about the opportunities Emory offers.
Ten students will be selected to give oral presentations and the other students will present their research in a poster session. There will be ample opportunity to visit with faculty and students of the participating programs, including training grant programs (see list to the right). Breakout sessions will cover topics relevant to students at this stage of their career and advisors of such students.
Trainees from diverse backgrounds (to include ethnicity, race, economic status, disability, educational experience, first generation status, and in some cases, gender) are eligible to apply for diversity travel awards that will provide for travel and housing for the student and possibly her/his advisor.
Apply to Attend
To apply, you will be asked to submit an abstract, a CV and one recommendation from a program or research advisor.
The application deadline is January 7, 2014
Applicants will be notified by February 7, 2014
To apply and view the meeting agenda, visit the STEM Research and Career Symposium website at

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

PREP 2014-2015 update

Dear applicants,

We are currently on the fourth and final year of our PREP award. At this time, we have not been notified of the final status of our PREP grant renewal (submitted earlier this year). Without the assurance of continued funding, we are unable to invite students to apply for the 2014-2015 period.

Should funding come through, we will activate our application a.s.a.p. All materials would be received electronically (including transcripts and letters of support), with a due date in March and the goal of starting the program in the early summer.

Until then, we encourage potential postbaccalaureate and pre-PhD students to:

- contact other NIH postbaccalaureate programs to determine availability; see list at

- consider NIH's IRTA programs, which also offer postbaccalaureate training. IRTA receives applications year-round. Note that there are two versions of this program: one targets students who which to pursue PhD training, and the other focuses on students who wish to attain additional research training to pursue technical careers. See

- if you are interested in public health issues, consider training opportunities available via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at

A few other tips, if your goal is to enter a doctoral program:

- do your best to stay in science as you prepare to apply to graduate school. Whenever possible, pursue opportunities or employment that help you expand your training and experience. Graduate programs are increasingly receptive to students who have prior work experience. Do not be discouraged by a productive delay.

- use your time wisely. If there are weaknesses in your dossier, use this time to address them. Weak GRE scores? Strive to improve them. "Red flags" in your transcript? Consider re-taking those courses to show that you have mastered the material. And stay in touch with your mentors: you will need them to write letters of support. If you secure a research position, be proactive: ask questions, get involved, learn as much as you can. Use the experience to refine your research interests, network, and otherwise position yourself for a successful graduate and postgraduate career.

- map out your plan. One of the tools we use to mentor our PREP fellows is the individual development plan (IDP). IDPs create a master plan with short and long-term targets; IDPs also make the achievement of these goals more likely by spelling out realistic steps and timelines to their completion. We encourage you to try the following online resources to keep you focused and also help you get the mentoring you need even after you leave the support systems provided by your undergraduate institution:

  • myIDP.sciencecareers. org is a free individual development plan tool for scientists of all ages. It includes a series of surveys to help identify your strong skills (as well as skills you need to develop or enhance) while also helping you become more aware of your values and careers that may be a good fit for you. It also includes a goal-setting tool that will email you to help you stay on track. You can export your IDP and share the pdf with mentors and advisors.
  • matches students to mentors who share an interest in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). It currently serves members affiliated institutions only (follow their "Our Community" link to see a list) but they will start accepting additional members in March 2014.

Thank you for your interest in our program.

The Emory PREP team

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Endings, beginings

PREP 2012 & Alumni Lunch: May 17, 2013.
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As we prepare to welcome the PREP 2013 cohort this summer, we wish good luck to all our fellows. Happy trails, and stay in touch!

Friday, January 4, 2013

PREP 2013 at Emory University: Applications Now Open

PREP 2013 materials are due online by March 13, 2013.


1. Go to [opens in a new browser window].
Under the apply online header, click on the Online application link.

2. Create an account and log on. Note: You can only create one application per email address. You will be able to save your work and return later. 

3. Select the PREP application from the program options listed.

4. Select Summer 2013 and click on the Save and Confirm button. If you don't, you will receive an error message.

5. Complete all required fields and information. You will be able to upload documents [statements, transcript] and indicate your letter writers' contact information [3 letters are required]. Your letter writers will receive a request via email. You will be able to see when each letter is submitted (and send a reminder if needed). You can submit an unofficial transcript as part of your application, but an official one will be required to enroll in the program.

If you encounter problems while applying, email

If you have questions about Emory PREP, contact Dr. Gordon Churchward ( or Dr. Cathy Quinones (

Note: The new PREP 2013 online application closely follows our previous paper-based application. You must complete the 2013 application online. We will not accept materials by mail.

Monday, October 29, 2012

PREP 2013 Applications

We are in the process of updating our PREP application, with an expected early January launch date. If you would like to be alerted when the application is ready, click on the micropipette on the right margin.

Application requirements will be the same as in previous years, but all materials will be entered or uploaded online. The application deadline will be March 13, 2013.

The application will include
  • Demographic data
  • Confirmation of eligibility
  • Statement of research interest 
  • Statement of prior research experience
  • Transcript [may be unofficial but official transcript will be required upon admission to the program]
  • 3 letters of support [letter writers will submit letters online]. We encourage you to contact your letter writers asap to let them know you will be applying to this program and to confirm they can submit a recommendation by March 13.
Visit Emory's Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences for more information on our programs and research.

Emory @ ABRCMS 2012

The Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (GDBBS) as well as representatives from other Emory graduate programs will be in San Jose for ABRCMS 2013.