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PREP@UCD applicants must…

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  1. hold a bachelor’s degree in a biomedically-relevant science from an accredited US college or university awarded no more than 36 months prior to applying
  2. have a GPA of at least 3.0.
    • if you have an overall undergraduate GPA < 3.0 and a master’s GPA > 3.0, we can consider you.
    • if your undergraduate GPA is less than 3.0 and you lack graduate coursework, we cannot review your application. This criterion cannot be waived.
  3. be citizens or permanent residents of the US
    • We do not have institutional funding that allows us to support a DACA recipient or student who qualifies for AB540. Please email Academic Coordinator Carole Hom at clhom@ucdavis.edu for a (partial) list of sites that have this capacity.
  4. be a member of a group underrepresented in biomedical research as defined by the NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences: (a) individuals from underrepresented racial or ethnic groups, i.e., African American, Latinx, Native American, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander; (b) have a documented disability; or (c) come from a disadvantaged background. Please see the NIH/NIGMS website for specific details.
  5. intend to pursue doctoral study in the biomedical sciences, i.e., a PhD, MD/PhD, DDS/PhD, or DVM/PhD degree. However, please note that PREP@UCD is not well-suited for dual degree aspirants; other programs might be a better fit. Please see the FAQ page for details.

Application elements

  • a statement of purpose of no more than 3 single-spaced pages that includes…
    (1) a description of past research experience (if you have not done research, describe an experiment or project from a class); (2) a description of your current scientific interests, career goals, and how your life experiences have brought you to apply to PREP@UCD; and (3) a brief statement that specifies how you satisfy the NIH eligibility criteria described at https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-20-031.html [be a member of a group underrepresented in biomedical research as defined by the NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences: (a) individuals from underrepresented racial or ethnic groups, i.e., African American, Latinx, Native American, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander; (b) have a documented disability; or (c) come from a disadvantaged background]
  • three letters of reference, with at least two from faculty in the sciences. If you’ve done research, please include a letter from a research supervisor.
  • transcripts (or unofficial copy) from all college or universities attended. For students currently enrolled in classes, please provide transcripts with grades through the end of Fall 2021. For students who have completed a bachelor’s degree, please include your final transcript.
  • list of five PREP@UCD faculty with whom you would like to work. Please include a one-line description of how you learned about PREP@UCD.

We do not require GRE scores.

To increase their breadth in biomedical research, UC Davis graduates (or other students who have a prior connection to UC Davis) admitted to PREP@UCD will be placed in labs other than ones in which they did undergraduate research.

Questions?

Please note that we address a number of common questions on our FAQ page. If your question isn't addressed there, please don't hesitate to email Academic Coordinator Carole Hom (email info below in the blue section).

To apply

Please go to https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04613 and provide the information requested. All documents described above need to be uploaded to this website.

Note: the recruit.ucdavis.edu site also requests a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and InclusionThis is not part of the PREP@UCD application and you do not need to submit this statement (i.e., we will not read it so it will not affect your application either way).

Applications will open on 1 December no later than 1 January. Application review will begin on 15 February and continue until all positions are filled. 

NOTE: as of 5 April, applications are open until 13 April.

Please note: we encourage you to apply widely; we receive many more qualified applicants than we can support. Please see our Resources page for links to other opportunities.