Frequently Asked Questions

How many PREP Scholars are chosen each year?

Up to 9 PREP Scholars are chosen each year, along with one Biomedical Engineering aspirant and one M.D./Ph.D. aspirant.

What is the definition of Underrepresented Minority?

Definition of Underrepresented Minority:

A. Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis (see also the report Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering, 2007, p. 262). The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: American Indians or Alaska Natives, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders.

B. Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

C. Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who are defined as:

  1. Individuals who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds. These thresholds are based on family size, published by the U.S. Bureau of the Census; adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index; and adjusted by the Secretary for use in all health professions programs. The Secretary periodically publishes these income levels. For individuals from low-income backgrounds, the institution must be able to demonstrate that such candidates (a) have qualified for Federal disadvantaged assistance; or (b) have received any of the following student loans: Health Professional Student Loans (HPSL), Loans for Disadvantaged Student Program; or (c) have received scholarships from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Scholarship for Individuals with Exceptional Financial Need.
  2. Individuals who come from a social, cultural, or educational environment such as that found in certain rural or inner-city environments that have demonstrably and recently directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career.

What is the stipend?

For the 2019-20 year the PREP scholar salary will be $26,500.

Are benefits included?

Yes, PREP participants are eligible for the same benefits as U-M faculty and staff.

Is there a travel stipend?

Yes, PREP participants may use up to $1,500 for travel to a scientific meeting or conference where they are presenting.

What if I am interested in pursuing an M.D./Ph.D.?

Apply to PREP! We have one spot for an M.D./Ph.D. aspirant.

Can I start the program later than July 1?

Starting the program on July 1 gives PREP participants an advantage in spending more time in their lab, gaining research experience in preparation for graduate applications in the fall. However, we can make exceptions on a case-by-case basis, with approval from the program director.

I am not graduating until after the July 1 start date. Can I still apply to PREP?

No, your baccalaureate degree must be conferred by July 1 of the year you apply to PREP. If your degree is conferred after this date, you will have to wait until the following year to apply.

What is housing like in Ann Arbor?

Ann Arbor is a unique community where myriad cultures converge to create a distinctive dynamic. It’s a great place to visit, and an even better place to live. The city's reputation for comfortable living is backed by a variety of rankings and housing options. The cost of living in Ann Arbor is usually quite close to the national average. Review the current cost of living in Ann Arbor or use Sperling's Best Places Cost of Living comparison tool to see how much more or less expensive life in A2 will be. For more information about housing in Ann Arbor such as resources to help with your move, neighborhood profiles, and more, visit the Go Blue Guide

Should I apply to more than one PREP?

Yes! There are 40 PREP programs in the country, including at the University of Michigan, and we highly encourage you to apply to as many as you would like. There is no application fee.

I’ve applied to PIBS in the past year. Can I use those application materials?

Yes, you can use your previous materials from the same year’s application, but you must fill out a new application through PREP. If you would like to use your PIBS materials, please alert the PREP Coordinator.

Which faculty are available?

Download the PREP mentor list, however PREP Scholars are not limited to this list. Scholars are welcome to contact prospective mentors at the University of Michigan in addition to those whose names appear on this list. We welcome new mentors as well as new trainees into PREP each year!

I’m interested in programs (at the MS or PhD levels) in clinical psychology, developmental psychology or clinical certification. Is this the right program for me?

Unless your interest is in a cognitive neuroscience PhD program, this is NOT the program for you. We do not accept applications from students who want to pursue any form of clinical or developmental psychology training or certification. We have found that we cannot provide the right mentoring climate (research/coursework) to help people gain admission to these highly selective programs.

I am interested in post-bac pre-med, pre-dentistry or pre-clinical or certification programs in Psychology/Psychiatry. Should I apply to PREP?

Definitely not. We only accept applications from people interested in doctoral studies in the biomedical sciences or in related engineering, chemistry, medicinal chemistry or cognitive neuroscience PhD programs. with or without an accompanying professional clinical degree (e.g. MD/ PhD programs/DDS/PhD or DVM/PhD). There are programs at the University of Michigan and many other universities for those interested in post-baccalaureate pre-med or pre-dentistry programs.