Postbac Research Education Program (Dartmouth PREP)

Dartmouth PREP is supported by the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies.

Dartmouth PREP encourages applications from underrepresented minorities who hold a recent baccalaureate degree in a field related to biomedical sciences that are interested in pursuing a research doctorate.

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Program Overview

Dartmouth PREP accepts up to 4 scholars into the program, which starts July 1 of each year. During the first two weeks of the program, Dartmouth PREP directors will help students match with a faculty mentor whose lab is doing research of interest to them. Dartmouth PREP offers a broad range of research opportunities across three different graduate program affiliations: Molecular & Cellular Biology (MCB), Integrative Neuroscience (IND), and Quantitative Biomedical Sciences (QBS). More than 41 Dartmouth faculty members are available to mentor Dartmouth PREP scholars for their 1-year research experience and provide guidance on the graduate school application process.

The 2023-24 program dates are July 5, 2023 to June 2024.

PREP Timeline





  • Strengthening critical scientific thinking and research skills before going to graduate school can improve research efficiency in graduate school.
  • Exploring a new research project or STEM field can help reinforce research interests before entering graduate school.
  • Developing writing skills and careful evaluation of the literature can help you start digesting the scientific literature of your graduate project.
  • Gaining more research experience can help you know what you are looking for in a research lab and mentor and position you for competitive graduate programs.