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Postbaccalaureate Research and Education Program (PREP) Fellow

The PREP program at The Herbert Wertheim UF Scripps Institute for Biomedical Innovation and Technology is a one-year, full-time, immersive research experience at the interface of chemistry and biology. The program is intended for bachelor’s degree recipients who graduated within the last two years and are interested in increasing their laboratory skills and scientific knowledge in preparation for application to high-caliber, research-oriented Ph.D. programs. While it is preferred for participants to join the program with some basic laboratory experience, the PREP program has been designed to provide hands-on research experience to those with limited access to such training experiences. We welcome all students. including those who are the first in their families to go to college or attend institutions with limited research opportunities. The following materials are required to be considered for the program: a personal statement describing your reason for applying to the PREP Program; an unofficial academic transcript; a current resume or CV; and two letters of recommendation.


Participants join a laboratory based on their faculty and research interests. The research experiences and supplemental classroom curricula focus on improving the depth and understanding of scientific knowledge and enhancing critical thinking and communication skills. PREP students work alongside faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers, spending 75% of their time on laboratory work and research-related activities, and 25% on professional development, including journal clubs, research seminars, and doctoral fellowship application workshops. In addition, participants complete an individual development plan with their faculty mentors to identify additional learning goals and opportunities, such as graduate-level classes. All participants submit a proposal to the National Science Foundation, with the support of their faculty mentor.


The next program dates are from June 14, 2024 to June 13, 2025. Dates are flexible, but all participants must have joined the program by early July.


A total stipend of $35,000.00 is provided.  


This is a full-time temporary research position.  Please visit to apply and learn more about the materials that must be received in other to consider your application.  You may learn more about the program here: 

Application deadline is on March 1, 2024 at 11:55 p.m. ET. 

The University of Florida is an equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The University of Florida invites all qualified applicants, including minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under the Florida Sunshine and Public Records laws.