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The Discovery PREP training program is an National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded program. Discovery PREP supports individuals from diverse background who hold recent baccalaureate degrees in their goal to pursue doctorates in biomedical sciences. The mission of Discovery PREP is to encourage individuals, including individuals from populations that are underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce, to pursue a doctorate in biomedical research. Discovery PREP accomplishes this mission by providing opportunities and training for recent baccalaureate degree graduates to:

  1. Obtain the intensive research experience needed to gain admission to, and succeed in, a nationally renowned biomedical science PhD program.
  2. Develop the professional skills necessary to thrive in the laboratory setting and excel in a competitive biomedical science PhD program.

Who is eligible to apply?

Individuals who are eligible to apply are:

  • Recent baccalaureate graduates with a degree in a biomedically related science no more than 36 months prior to their selection for participation in the program.
  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Individuals from an underrepresented group as defined by the NIH, such as racial and ethnic groups (including, but not limited to African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives/Native Hawaiians and citizens of the U.S. Pacific Islands), individuals with disabilities and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds (socially, culturally, economically).

Why should I choose DISCOVERY PREP?

Participants in the Discovery PREP Program receive:

  • 12 month paid research experience with access to health and other benefits.
  • An intensive research experience in an active and dynamic laboratory.
  • Research mentoring by renowned leaders in their chosen field who are experienced with preparing individuals for Graduate School.
  • Access to state of the art facilities and the ability to perform research in a collaborative and open environment.
  • Practical exposure to two to three laboratories before selecting one to join for the remainder of the year.
  • Access to GRE test preparation services and tutoring opportunities.
  • Exposure to graduate level course work that supplements and reinforces information learned in lab.
  • One-on-One career counseling with support in resume and graduate school application preparation.
  • Access to Peer Mentors that can provide first hand advice on what it takes to succeed as a graduate student today.
  • Professional development workshops focusing on communication and writing as well as goal setting, motivation, and perseverance.
  • Participation in the Discovery PREP journal club and formal training in reading and presenting primary literature.
  • Ample networking opportunities including lab meetings, group journal clubs, presentation of research findings at the annual OSU Wexner Medical Center Research Trainee Day, and support to attend a National Meeting and present research findings.

The biomedical research environment at OSU is an excellent location to attain the experiences and skills necessary for graduate school. Research within the Medical Center is openly discussed and highly collaborative with over 260 principal investigators performing research in the Biomedical Sciences. The medical campus is well concentrated with most research labs accessible by a short walk or shuttle bus ride. The facilities at OSU are state of the art and many core services are available to expand the expertise available to individual researchers. Collaborations between laboratories are highly encouraged and many research programs cross disciplines to involve multiple investigators across campus. This provides an exceptional environment for training for scientists and affords ample opportunities for networking.

How do I apply?

Fill out the online DISCOVERY PREP application form here:


Preview an application​

When is my application due?

It is preferable that we receive your completed application by April 1, 2017.

Applications are evaluated and approved/rejected for admission as they are submitted, so it is best to apply as early as possible.

Are there other requirements?

Letter of Recommendation

We request that three (3) letters of recommendation be sent to our office via mail or email. Letters of recommendation should be from previous professors, research mentors, or individuals who can comment on the applicant's passion and commitment to research and pursuing a graduate degree in the biomedical sciences.


Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended should be forwarded to the DISCOVERY PREP office.

Your application is not complete until we have received your completed online application, three letters of recommendation and undergraduate transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.

Where can I find more information?

Details can be found at our website: go.osu.edu.prep

For more information, contact:
Phone: (614)292-0857
E-mail: Discovery.Prep@osumc.edu​
The Ohio State University
Discovery Prep Program
1178 Graves Hall
333 West 10th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210