The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) PREP Scholars Program is an initiative designed to drive diversity in biomedical science.  With the need for diversity among top fields growing, UAB PREP helps underrepresetned students who have recently obtained their undergraduate degrees take the next step and pursue doctoral degrees at leading graduate programs.

The UAB PREP Program supports minority undergraduates by providing extra experience students need to win acceptance into graduate schools.  For this purpose, each student within the program “receives a yearly stipend of $27,200, plus health insurance and tuition for up to 11 credit hours of academic instruction.”

Due to the success of the initiative, “UAB’s program grant was recently renewed for $1.79 million by the National Institutes of Health to support eight PREP students per year over the next five years.”

Since its inception in 2009, approximately 70 percent of the program participants have gone on to a graduate school including “UAB, Emory University, Stanford University, Duke University, Vanderbilt University and the University of Iowa. Many of the students who participated in the early years of the program are now obtaining doctoral degrees.”