The need to understand diseases that disproportionately affect medically underserved populations in this country has created a large demand for scientists who will commit to a research career to address these diseases. Thus, Albany Medical College (AMC) Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP: Addressing Health Disparities) is a post-baccalaureate program designed to increase the number of underrepresented minorities who go on to graduate school to earn the Ph.D. or the M.D./Ph.D. and do research on diseases that disproportionately affect minorities and the medically under-served. Salary: Research Apprentices receive a competitive salary of $21,000 and health insurance for the duration of the apprenticeship (up to two years) to work under the guidance of an AMC faculty mentor. At the end of the apprenticeship, participants will be recruited to the AMC Graduate Studies Program (and no doubt, to others as well). Tuition Remission: All tuition for AMC Research Apprentices will be paid in full. GRE preparation courses are included for those who want them. Travel: Research travel funds are available to present work at scientific meetings each year.
Albany Medical College intends to recruit students from medically under-served populations and from groups which continue to be underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. Nationally, individuals who have been found to be underrepresented in biomedical or behavioral research include, but are not limited to, United States citizens who are African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans and Natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands. Applicants to PREP: Addressing Health Disparities must meet the following requirements: U.S. citizenship or permanent resident Successfully graduated with a baccalaureate degree (B.S. or B.A.) in a biomedically relevant science from an accredited U.S. college or university less than 36 months prior to the date of submission of the application Have a commitment to pursuing a Ph.D. degree in the biomedical sciences All individuals selected as scholars must intend to apply, within two years, for Graduate education that will eventually lead to the research doctorate (Ph.D. or equivalent).