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Post-baccalaureate Research Education Programs

Are you a recent college graduate from a traditionally underrepresented background who is highly motivated to pursue a research career? See if the Yale BBS PREP or ESI PREP post-baccalaureate program is right for you.
To participate in the Yale NIH PREP or the ESI PREP:
  • You must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  • You have earned your bachelor’s degree in a relevant field prior to the start of the program, but no more than three years before you apply to the program.
  • You are not concurrently enrolled in a degree program.
  • You will apply to Ph.D. programs for admission following successful completion of the program.


The PREP online application will be available on this website from November 1, 2021 through February 28, 2022.

Funding & Benefits

NIH PREP and ESI PREP participants receive a stipend of $32,000 over 12 months for living expenses. Participants also receive financial support that covers tuition for one or more courses per semester during the academic year, health insurance, GRE preparation material provided by Kaplan Review, a new laptop computer, and travel-related expenses to attend one national conference.
Participants live in New Haven and use a portion of their stipend to cover housing and other living expenses.

Program Schedule

Both programs run from mid-June to the end of May.
NIH PREP students spend 75% of their time conducting independent research, supervised by a faculty mentor, and the balance devoted to the activities listed below. ESI PREP may devote less time to research and more time to coursework. Each student’s schedule will be created in collaboration with the director and faculty mentors.


  • GRE Preparation Boot Camp
  • Graduate Workshop I
  • Research Literature Seminar

Fall semester:

  • Yale course(s)
  • Graduate Workshop II
  • Research Presentations (Research-in-Progress)

Spring semester:

  • Yale course(s)
  • Career Workshop
  • Journal Club
  • Research Presentations (PREP Symposium)

NIH PREP (Biological and Biomedical Sciences)

The NIH Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (NIH PREP) at Yale is a program that helps recent bachelor’s degree recipients gain the research skills and academic credentials needed to become competitive applicants to, and successful students in, highly selective doctoral programs in the biological and biomedical sciences. NIH PREP students conduct independent laboratory research under the supervision of a faculty mentor, who is selected from among 350 faculty members in the Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Yale. NIH PREP students also take Yale courses and participate in program-specific seminars and workshops as well as institutional training activities with beginning graduate students in the BBS. All NIH PREP students are expected to apply to Ph.D. programs for admission to begin graduate study following successful completion of the program.

ESI PREP (Humanities, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering)

The ESI PREP program gives participants the knowledge and skills necessary for success in graduate school.
Participants experience life as graduate students at a major research university, taking courses, doing research and receiving mentoring alongside first year Ph.D. students. 
This initiative is open to recent college graduates in all divisions (e.g. humanities, social sciences, physical sciences and engineering) who have a strong desire to pursue a Ph.D. If you are from a background that has been underrepresented in your chosen field of study, you are strongly encouraged to apply. This includes historically underrepresented students, first-generation college graduates, students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and women in some STEM fields.

Faculty Mentors

NIH PREP students choose their faculty mentors from among 350 faculty members in the Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS). 
ESI PREP students choose a mentor from the faculty within their department or program. Consult the department or program website for information about faculty members and their research interests. Final faculty mentor assignments are done in collaboration with the program directors.

Current Participants:


  • Andrea Argueta, New York University
  • Dana Harris, Princeton University
  • Christopher Jenkins, Andrews University
  • Vanessa Llamas, University of California, Irvine
  • Niles Marthone, CUNY Brooklyn College
  • Marisa Norzagaray, University of Central Florida
  • Brianna Sarcos, University of California, Irvine


  • Adriana Ceron, Pitzer College
  • Jessica Cruz, Barnard College
  • Jordan Foster, Sarah Lawrence College
  • Jaylin Lugardo, Princeton University
  • Dominique Sparks-Stokes, University of Cincinnati

Past Participants:


  • Antonio Bandoo, Arizona State University
  • Adela DePavia, Yale University
  • Decory Edwards, Trinity University
  • Shelby Mack, University of California, Berkeley
  • Katrina Martinez, Williams College
  • Eric Medina, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Demi Moore, Hunter College
  • Darla Quijada, University of Vermont


  • Natalie Alvarez, Clemson University
  • Kohar Avakian, Dartmouth College
  • Maria Brouard, Harvard University
  • Jordan Cardenas, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Patricia Colosi, Seattle Univeristy
  • Brittany Gardner, Jefferson-East Fall University
  • Max Jefferson, Westminster Choir College
  • Andres Mejia, Bard College
  • Breana Rucker, Alabama State University
  • Courtney Watson, Texas A&M University


  • Olamide Adeniyi, Columbia University
  • Ariana Castro Leon, University of California, Irvine
  • Yareli Castro Sevilla, University of California, Irvine
  • Chelsey Clark, Yale University
  • Patricia Colosi, Seattle University
  • Carmen Maria Conroy, University of California, Berkeley
  • Randi Martinez, Arizona State University
  • Kaltuma Mohamed, Portland State University
  • Jose Morales, University of California, Berkeley
  • Shavanie Prashad, CUNY, The City College of New York


  • Carmen Maria Conroy, University of California, Berkeley
  • Mariah Corey, Kennesaw State University
  • Suzanne Estrada, Yale University
  • Juan Hernandez, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Alonso Iniguez, Pomona College
  • Kirsten Lee, Williams College
  • Kaltuma Mohamed, Portland State University
  • Bradley Rava, University of Southern California
  • Kevin Rigby, Jr., Wayne State University
  • Nathan Vasquez, University of Chicago
  • Theresa White, Towson University


  • Gabriela Bosque, Cornell University
  • Shannon Hughley, Spelman College
  • Megan Kelley, University of Georgia
  • Andres Moya-Rodriguez, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez
  • Melissa Quintanilla, College of St. Benedict
  • Brittany Thompson, Kennesaw State University


  • Korie Bush, Cornell University
  • Shannon Hughley, Spelman College
  • Wilhemina Koomson, Princeton University
  • Andrew Lopez, University of California, Irvine
  • Ryan Reyes, University of Arkansas-Monticello