Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA.
Type Basic Science Research, Test Preparation, Post-baccalaureate Program, Academic Enrichment, Academic Year Program
Deadline March 1, 2016


The VT-PREP is supported by the NIH through the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).This program is a 12-month mentored research experiential work and educational program. 75% of each scholar's time will be in a mentored research program while the other 25% of the time will be in enrichment programs like VT undergraduate and/or graduate course work. We provide academic seminars off-site and technical workshops to gain additional laboratory skills, Graduate school preparation and survival as well as a GRE preparation program. Eighty percent of our PREP scholars go on to graduate school.



  • B.A., or B.S. degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8 (of possible 4.0)
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency
  • Applicants must have graduated within the last three years
  • Must be part of a group considered to be historically underrepresented by the federal government and/or demonstrated educational deficiencies due to economic deprivation or geographic disadvantages (e.g., inner city disadvantaged schools, disadvantaged schools in rural poverty areas.
  • Applicants must be interested in pursuing a Ph.D. within two years of admission into PREP

More Information


VT PREP Coordinator (
Leemar Thorpe
Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences,
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: (540) 231-5898