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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

PREP Required Application Documents

PREP Scholar Analyzing Data

Application Form

The application can be accessed by using the online application system. 

Personal Statement

Please upload your personal statement in the online application system. You can find your programs' specific personal statement question under the Post-Baccalaureate Internship information page.

The personal statement must be written in five separate segments; each segment should be about 250 words. The segments should address these topics:

  • Segment 1. Describe your role and responsibilities in a research project.
  • Segment 2. Explain why a research question that you have worked on is a significant problem, worthy of study.
  • Segment 3. Describe an instance in which you provided leadership to other people. This might have happened during school, or in a laboratory, in sports or on vacation or anywhere at any time – your choice.
  • Segment 4. If you are successful in obtaining graduate research training, what job do you expect to hold twenty years from now? Explain why this will be right for you.
  • Segment 5. Why is PREP the right program for you? Why not graduate school or medical school now?

Also, please provide 3-5 sentences that describe your status in a group that is under-represented in biomedical science as defined by the NIH. Alternatively, you may describe work that you have done to increase diversity in biomedical sciences. If you feel that you have overcome particular difficulties in achieving an education, please describe these circumstances.

Each segment should be about 250 words and the entire statement no longer than 1250 words. Please upload the personal statement through the online application.

Letters of Recommendation

In the online application under Recommendations on the left hand navigation, applicants are required to list the names and information of three persons who are willing to write letters of recommendation appraising their potential to succeed in the PREP. Your recommenders will be sent an email providing instructions and a link to the online recommendation system and a second email confirming his/her letter of recommendation has been submitted. You will also receive a confirmation email each time a recommender submits his/her letter for you.   All letters of recommendation must be submitted through the online system.

If you have had previous research experience, one or more of your letters should come from your research advisor(s). The remaining letter(s) may come from a faculty member, employer, director of your MARC or MBRS program or another appropriate person.


Please upload a scanned copy or digital facsimile of your transcript from all colleges and universities you have attended. You may upload those pages as single- or multi-page PDF or each page as a JPEG or TIFF image file. Your scanned document may be large and may take several minutes to upload depending on the speed of your connection.

Information on scanning transcripts

  • If your transcript has a social security number on it, black it out before scanning
  • Upload the transcript key on the back of your transcript(s).  Only one is necessary per transcript.
  • Upload transcripts as pdf, .doc, .jpg, or .tiff
  • Scanned documents must be clearly legible
  • Transcript(s) must have the student's name and college/university name to be accepted

International School Transcripts

For all transcripts that are not in English, a translated copy must accompany the original. If the issuing university is unable to provide an English translation, please submit the transcript to a verifying institution. Verifying institutions include an education ministry, a translation service, or an accreditation service such as the Worldwide Education Service or the International Education Research Foundation. The translated copy of the transcript should be notarized and submitted along with the original transcript in a sealed envelope by the verifying body. Also, please be sure to follow the scanning instructions above.

Official transcripts

If you are offered admission, you will be required to submit official hardcopies of your transcripts in signed and sealed envelopes through the mail or electronically via Safe Script or The National Clearing House. Transcripts should be mailed directly from the institution to the GSBS Dean’s Office, at the address listed below (under "Contact Information"). All official transcripts must be received before being allowed to matriculate at our school.

Contact Information

Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program
Diana Pierce
Tufts University School of Medicine
Stearns 514
136 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617-636-6836


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