About the Program

PREP@Iowa is a post-baccalaureate research education program that will provide recent graduates from groups traditionally underrepresented in biomedical fields with a highly supportive and customized program of career development activities, seminars, coursework, GRE preparation and laboratory research experiences. This program is designed to enhance the participants' qualifications and competitiveness for graduate school.

During the year-long program, participants will acquire requisite skills in the laboratory, conduct independent research, benefit from a GRE prep course, and will be introduced to graduate level coursework. PREP@Iowa scholars will also benefit from exemplary cross-cultural mentoring and will establish lasting mentor-mentee relationships that will ensure success in graduate school. We anticipate PREP@Iowa "graduates" will be highly competitive applicants for top tier PhD and MD/PhD programs nationwide.

Financial Support

  • PREP Scholars receive a stipend of $27,200 spread out over the course of the year 
  • Health insurance will be covered for the PREP program participant
  • Additional insurance for dependents can be purchased
  • Tuition and fees for two graduate courses (one per semester)
  • GRE preparation course
  • Travel support to present research at conferences
  • Housing is not provided by the program - Off-Campus Housing Information
  • Participants will have access to University of Iowa Recreational Services
  • Participants will not be permitted to have additional employment during this program
  • Relocation support of $1,500