Student works with faculty in lab

Program Details

UM PREP accepts up to 11 scholars into the program, which starts July 1 of each year. During the first month of the program, UM PREP directors will help students match with a faculty mentor whose lab is doing research of interest to them. More than 150 U-M faculty members are available to mentor UM PREP scholars for their 1-year research experience, including guidance in the graduate school application process.

In the 2023-24 year UM PREP scholars will receive a salary of $31,200, plus health benefits and dental insurance.

Beyond their work on research projects, UM PREP scholars have opportunities to participate in activities designed to enhance their preparation for graduate school, such as:

  • A preparation course for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  • Social events.
  • Seminars and journal clubs.
  • Opportunities to enhance their studies with a graduate course in the fall or winter term.
  • Opportunities to present research projects and discuss graduate school and career advice with faculty mentors.
  • Career development events for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.
  • Help with applying to graduate school.

The application for PREP is currently closed and will reopen in January for the new cohort.

Ben Allen, Ph.D.

Program Director
Cell & Developmental Biology, Cellular & Molecular Biology

Kate F. Barald, Ph.D.

Associate Director
Cell & Developmental Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience

Nils Walter, Ph.D.

Associate Director
Chemistry, Biophysics