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PREP Selection Criteria

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All Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences programs seek to identify applicants who best match the goals of the program and the PREP is no exception. The information below is designed to help interested applicants decide if PREP is for them.

Selection Criteria

The goal of the PREP is to prepare trainees for leadership in biomedical research and for entry into PhD or MD/PhD programs that will lead to these careers. Successful applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to pursue this type of training. Commitment will be assessed based on the personal statement and past research experience. Prior participation in research activity during undergraduate training or as a part of a work experience is highly desirable, but not absolutely required. Letters of recommendation that specifically address an applicant's commitment to research are also very important. Successful applicants should have undergraduate academic preparation that relates to biomedical sciences and have performed in these courses at a level that indicates their ability to succeed in graduate school. Applications from candidates with a primary interest in careers involving health care delivery are not encouraged.


The PREP interviews applicants when possible but cannot cover any of the costs of travel to Tufts. Telephone interviews are common practice and applicants to the program who are in the Boston area are invited to visit our campus and discuss the PREP with faculty leadership.

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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