What is DISCOVERY PREP?
The Discovery PREP training program is an National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded program. Discovery PREP supports individuals from diverse backgrounds who hold recent baccalaureate degrees in their goal to pursue doctorates in biomedical sciences. Discovery PREP accomplishes this mission by providing opportunities and training for recent baccalaureate degree graduates to:
- Obtain the intensive research experience needed to gain admission to, and succeed in, a nationally renowned biomedical science PhD program.
- 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?
Why should I choose DISCOVERY PREP?
How to Apply
Applications for the 2020-2021 year are now closed. The 2021-2022 application will be available soon.
Please note, if you start an application and aren't able to finish it, you can come back at a later date and resume the application where you left off.
You can preview the 2020 OSU PREP Application to get a sense of the information you will be asked. Be sure to review our Prospective Trainees below prior to completing the application.
Applications are evaluated and approved/rejected for admission as they are submitted, so it is best to apply as early as possible.
Your application is not complete until we have received your completed online application and letters of recommendation.
For more information, visit our website.
The Ohio State University
Discovery Prep Program
1178 Graves Hall
333 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
Letters of Recommendation
Your application is not complete until we have received your completed online application and three letters of recommendation. You can check the status of your application in the Zengine program.
Discovery PREP is designed to support recent college graduates who have not had the advantages or opportunities to gain the research experience and skills required to initiate a career in biomedical research or who want to gain additional research experience in their current field or in a different field.
Applicants must be a recent baccalaureate graduate (within the last three years) and have majored in a subject related to biomedical science (i.e. biology, biochemistry, neuroscience, microbiology, molecular biology). Applicants must also be a U.S citizen or permanent resident.
Applications from groups underrepresented in biomedical research are strongly encouraged to apply. These include individuals from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, or individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. For more information on the NIH’s definition of underrepresented groups, please visit:
Trainees commit to our Program for one year and are paid a monthly stipend with health and retirement benefits available during their 12-month term. It is expected that 2018-2019 participants will apply for admission into a PhD graduate program for entry in the Fall of 2019. Successful applicants typically have a GPA greater than 3.0, demonstrated passion for research, and a strong desire to attain a PhD in Biomedical Sciences. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and although most trainees will start at Orientation during the last week of June, start dates can be customized to the needs of the trainee. Please feel free to contact our office with further questions.