The NIH-sponsored Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) at the University of Wisconsin - Madison

UW-Madison PREP seeks to create opportunities for scholars who desire to attend graduate school and for whom an additional year of preparation would increase their success in graduate school.

Benefits of UW-Madison PREP:

  • Dedicated research faculty & staff support
  • Research experience
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Individualized mentorship
  • Connections to the scientific community
  • Focus on your health, wellness, and belonging
  • PREP Scholar annual salary

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Research in a Variety of Areas:

  • Basic, clinical, and translational research questions
  • Faculty mentors from a variety of departments and programs

Faculty Mentors


Lydia Agnew wins Presidential Poster Award at Endo2024

Scholar, Lydia Agnew, presented her poster “Serotinin receptor antagonist alleviates vascuar defects produced by selevtive serotonin reuptake nhibitor treatment during gestation” at the Endo 2024 conference in Boston, MA. Lydia’s poster was a Presidential Poster Award winner.


Promega Field Trip

Promega provided an incredibe afternoon at their Kornberg campus in Fitchburg, WI. Scholars learned about the culture of the company, what being a scientist in industry can look like and the different paths that scientists can take.

photo: Rice Lake Curling Club

PREP Alum brings Leads Curling Team to National Championship

Former UW PREP scholar and current Food Sciences graduate student, Mitchell Armstrong, successfully led the UW-Madison curling team to gold as the skip at the 2024 College Curling National Championship.

Thank you to all of our generous funding sources and supporters

National Institutes of Health – NIH R25GM144251

UW-Madison Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education

UW School of Veterinary Medicine

UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health

UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

PREP Scholar Sponsorships:

Morgridge Institute for Research

UW-Madison Department of Neuroscience

UW Carbone Cancer Center