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PREP Scholar

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Work type: Staff
Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department: Animal and Poultry Sciences
Location: Other - U.S.
Categories: Agriculture / Life Science

Job Description

Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program Scholars (PREP Scholars) are expected to engage in independent, mentored research projects that will allow them to develop their own hypotheses and design experiments to test these hypotheses or to be able to develop resources needed to test hypotheses. The research work and developmental responsibilities are expected to make the incumbent competitive for admission into top PhD programs in the behavioral and biomedical sciences and engineering. The 100% full time effort is expected to be allocated to responsibilities as follows: 75% of effort will be on research apprenticeship and 25% on experiential activities including presentation, grant writing workshops, and if necessary a gateway course as determined by the supervisor and or PREP Principal Investigator.

PREP Scholars are expected to have competence in biological, engineering, and behavioral sciences and to have a proven desire to pursue a PhD and a biomedical or behavioral research career. An undergraduate degree from an accredited university in STEM majors is required. Applicants should have a commitment to interdisciplinary research and be willing to work in a very diverse and inclusive educational program. Applicants must have graduated within three years of applying to the PREP. Applicants must also be willing to develop a competitive graduate school application program and to attend local and national meetings to help with the process. Additional information about the NIH funded PREP program can be found at

Required Qualifications

• Applicants must hold a B.A./B.S. degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8/4.0 in a STEM major.
• Applicants must have graduated within the last three years
• Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
• Must demonstrate educational deficiencies due to economic deprivation or geographic disadvantage (e.g., inner city disadvantages schools, disadvantaged schools in rural poverty areas) or be part of a group considered to be historically underrepresented by the federal government.

Pay Band


Review Date

March 15, 2020

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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