Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC)-Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)

University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO.
Type Basic Science Research, Test Preparation, Post-baccalaureate Program, Academic Enrichment, Academic Year Program, Health Disparities


The University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) PREP Scholars Program seeks underserved, underrepresented and other disadvantaged students with a passion for science, the enthusiasm for hard work in an exciting and supportive environment, and a record of achievement at the undergraduate level. Our post-baccalaureate training program will prepare them for PhD study leading to research careers in the biomedical sciences, including areas that address health disparities in minority populations. To promote a successful transition from a baccalaureate program in the sciences into a PhD program and to foster successful completion of that PhD program our MU PREP Scholars Program provides: an individually designed, faculty mentored research experience leading to publication of research results in the scientific literature and presentation at national conferences, research-related academic preparation, including graduate courses and research seminars, personal development, including enhanced oral and written communication and networking skills, planning for graduate school, including assistance with the graduate application process and GRE preparation workshops, advice and support from faculty mentors, program staff, and a network of successful graduate students, peer mentors, and other MU PREP Scholars, One (and if appropriate and available two) years of salary at $21,000/year, all educational fees paid, and support to attend scientific meetings.



An MU PREP Scholar applicant must:

  • Be a member of a racial or ethnic group underrepresented in the sciences (African American/Black, Hispanic/Chicano/Latino(a), Native American/American Indian, Alaskan Native, Mainland Puerto Rican, or Native Pacific Islander [American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, Melanesia, Micronesia, Northern Marianas, Palau, or the Philippines]) or be an individual from a disadvantaged background (socially, culturally, economically, or educationally) or have a disability
  • Be a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States; Have received a baccalaureate degree in a science major within the past two years or be on track to earn a baccalaureate degree in a science major prior to entering the MU PREP Scholars Program;
  • Intend to apply within two years of acceptance into the MU PREP Scholars Program to a graduate program leading to a PhD in a biomedically-related field in preparation for a career in biomedical research.

 Please contact the program administrator for details on dates, eligibility and deadlines.

More Information


Program Director
Dr. John David
Department of Biological Sciences, MU PREP Scholars Program
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: 573-882-0120
Fax: 573-882-0123