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Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)

Our newly developed postbaccalaureate research education program (PREP), funded by the NIGMS, provides research experience in cancer, neuroscience, genomics, quantitative biology and plant biology, together with extensive mentoring, coursework, and professional and skills development workshops for students interested in pursuing Ph.D. degrees in the biosciences.

CSHL 2023 PREP students
The 2023 PREP Scholars

CSHL PREP provides:

  • Laboratory research experience
  • Professional and skills development workshops
  • Participation in graduate level courses
  • Extensive mentoring by CSHL faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students through monthly and quarterly meetings
  • Networking with attendees of the CSHL Meetings & Courses Program
  • Preparation for graduate program applications
  • A supportive scientific community on the north shore of Long Island approximately 35 miles away from New York City

Program Coordinator: Alyson Kass-Eisler,
Program Director: Monn Monn Myat,

For information contact

2024 applications are now closed.

image of 2023 PREP students at the near-peer mentor lunch
Near-Peer Mentor Lunch

Skills Development Course: This course will focus on developing skills, such as speaking, writing and critical thinking, and inform PREP Scholars of the various careers in the biomedical science workforce.

PREP Bootcamp Course: This course will provide PREP Scholars with basic concepts and methods in multiple disciplines in biology, including quantitative approaches, and prepare them well for critical reading of published literature.

Specialized Disciplines Course: PREP Scholars may participate in one of the four modules of this graduate level course. The four modules are Genetics, Cancer, Systems Neuroscience, and Quantitative Biology. Each module will focus on key research areas in depth, and emphasize the understanding of experimental approaches and practical applications. View PDF

To apply, please provide:

  1. Transcripts of each undergraduate institution attended
  2. Three letters of recommendation
  3. A one-page personal statement – 600 words or 3250 characters (including spaces), and single spaced – describing yourself, your previous research experience, your reasons for pursuing a postbaccalaureate experience, what you expect to gain from the experience, and what your career aspirations are.
  4. An optional supplemental statement of 200 words or less describing any adversities or barriers you may have faced, personally or in your educational pursuits.

The application deadline is February 15.

After initial virtual interviews, select candidates will be invited for on-site visits in March/April to meet potential research mentors.

  • $30,000 salary
  • Full health, dental and vision benefits
  • Affordable on-campus housing