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Academic Enrichment and Program Activities

Research with a Faculty Mentor

GRAD-PREP Scholars will participate in "hands-on" research in state-of-the-art biomedical labs with a faculty mentor matched to each scholar's individual academic background and areas of interest. Each scholar will work under the supervision of the mentor as a member of the laboratory team, and participants will complete individualized research projects and present the results at local and/or national meetings.

Coursework and Workshops

Mentored research activity is the primary focus of the GRAD-PREP scholar

In addition to their research activities, GRAD-PREP scholars will take selected program-specific courses to enhance skills needed for graduate work and will attend workshops in ethics and the responsible conduct of research, scientific presentations and GRE preparation. They will participate in journal club, attend weekly seminars and visit regional research organizations including the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Procter and Gamble and the Battelle Biomedical Research Facility.

Additional Program Activities

GRAD-PREP participants will receive guidance in selecting appropriate Ph.D. programs and preparing applications. Mock interviews with graduate school admissions personnel will enhance skills necessary to gain entrance to high quality graduate programs. GRAD-PREP Scholars are also paired with graduate student mentors and encouraged to participate in the Graduate Student Organization as well as in cultural and social activities with other GRAD-PREP Scholars and graduate students.