Our PREP program helps students obtain the research experience necessary to become competitive for entry into a top graduate program in the biomedical sciences. An applicant accepted to the program will receive training intended to increase their skills in several areas, including writing, math, and research experience including conducting an independent project. Most of this preparation will involve full-time hands-on research activities in the laboratory of a UAB faculty member. The program will match each PREP student with an NIH-funded mentor to obtain research experience crucial to entry into a top doctoral graduate program. Opportunities to strengthen academic and test taking abilities will also be provided, including enhancing writing and presentation skills.