UO PREP Biology program

University of Oregon Program to Increase Resilience and Enhance Persistence (PREP) in Biomedical Sciences (UO PREP Bio)

UO PREP Bio is a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded, one year post-baccalaureate program serving scholars from groups that are underrepresented in health-related sciences -- including individuals from historically excluded groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. -- on their journey to advanced biomedical degree programs.  In UO PREP Bio we emphasize community building and use evidence-based methods to support diverse scholars’ further development of technical skills, professional savvy, and persistence.

Through the UO PREP Bio experience, scholars prepare for and apply to PhD programs.  Our goal is to help position these scholars to start their doctoral studies strong, sustain their science research, and ultimately leave their mark on the greater field of biomedical research.

Application/admission schedule

Applications will be due in February 2024. Revisit this web page for an exact date and/or sign up for our announcement list here.

Areas of research

UO PREP Bio scholars will select a faculty research mentor based at U Oregon.  There are many wonderful mentors to consider studying research topics including

  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Data Science
  • Neuroscience
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Human Physiology
  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Computational Biology


Who is eligible for UO Bio Prep?

Eligible aapplicants are individuals with identities underrepresented in health-related sciences including individuals from historically excluded racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged economic backgrounds. Eligible applicants will have completed their undergraduate degree by June 2024 in biology, chemistry, physiology, data science, or a related field.  The program is designed to support participants fin application and admission to a PhD program in STEM, so eligible applicants will need to demonstrate a clear desire to earn a PhD.  In this first year, participation is limited to US citizens and permanent residents.

Do I need research experience to join UO Bio Prep?

Some research experience is useful to support the scholar’s informed desire to do further research as a PhD student.  That said, we welcome applications from students with limited research experience, particularly those who attended colleges and universities with limited research infrastructure.

When does UO Bio Prep happen?

UO Bio Prep will begin with a summer bridge program in June 2024 through the academic year until May 2025.

Where does UO Bio Prep happen?

UO Bio Prep happens in the beautiful southern Willamette Valley on Kalapuya land in Eugene, Oregon. Eugene is a small community, with just over 170,000 residents. As a college town, it has unique shops, vintage stores, food markets, and tons of restaurants. The Pacific Northwest also has a thriving outdoor scene, and in addition to the beautiful trails and the river path in Eugene, there are countless hikes and opportunities for outdoor adventures nearby. Eugene is an hour from the ocean and two hours from the mountains. Not to be missed is the Eugene Saturday Market, which features local artists, food trucks, and a farmer’s market. The Willamette Valley is also well known for its wineries and breweries.

How will this help me move towards a PhD?

In UO Bio Prep, your main activity will be scientific research as a member of a research lab.  By practicing research, you’ll be developing the experience necessary for competitive PhD program applications.  You’ll also be supported through:

  • Regular supportive meetings with your research faculty mentor and near-peer mentor;
  • Professional development workshops to support your scientific writing, development of graduate school applications, computational skills, and more;
  • Access to extensive advanced coursework to fill in any gaps in knowledge;
  • Cohort and community building at UO and beyond to support sense of belonging in science; and
  • Support in choosing schools and programs to apply to, as well as for the development of your graduate school application package.

What is the financial support?

Each UO Bio PREP scholar will have a stipend of $36,500 for the year with full benefits for medical, dental, vision, and more.  Each scholar will also have 3 months of free housing on campus during the summer bridge.


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Nadia Singh

Primary program director

Dr Singh provides strategic oversight and oversees UO PREP Bio’s design, administration, coordination, and evaluation.

The Singh Lab

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Rori Rohlfs

Supporting program director

Dr Rohlfs brings extensive experience in running large research programs serving students from historically excluded groups.

The Rohlfs Lab

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Program coordinator

This could be you! We are hiring! Please let us know if you are interested!