To be eligible for the UAB PREP Scholar's program, a student must have received their baccalaureate degree within the thirty-six months prior to entry into the program. They must not be currently enrolled or accepted in a graduate or other professional program. Eligibility for entry into the program is based on the requirements outlined in the PREP program announcement (PAR-07-432): to include "individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds (socially, culturally, economically, or educationally...). Nationally, racial and ethnic groups who have been found to be underrepresented in biomedical/behavioral research include, but are not limited to, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives/Native Hawaiians, and citizens of the U.S. Pacific Islands. PREP participants must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents."