PREP@UCD applicants must…
- 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
- 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.
- be citizens or permanent residents of the US
- 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.
- intend to pursue doctoral study in the biomedical sciences, i.e., a PhD, MD/PhD, DDS/PhD, or DVM/PhD degree.
An application consists of the following elements.
- a description of your past research experience, 1 single-spaced page maximum (if you have no prior research experience, just state this in this essay)
- a statement of purpose, 2 single-spaced pages maximum. In this statement of purpose, please describe your current scientific interests, career goals, and reason for applying to PREP@UCD, include a brief statement that addresses how you satisfy the NIH eligibility criteria 4a, 4b, or 4c above, and include a one-sentence description of how you learned of PREP@UCD.
- Please note that applicants who cite a disadvantaged background must specify which two of the NIH criteria C1-C7 contribute to your eligibility.
- 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
- a list of five PREP@UCD faculty with whom you would like to work.
GRE scores are not required.
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.
To apply: please go to https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03238.
Please note that we address a number of common questions on our FAQ page.
Applications will open on 1 December. Application review will begin on 15 February and continue until all positions are filled, with a hard deadline of 15 April.