Welcome to the Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program at the University of Arizona (PREP @ UAZ)


  • Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program at the University of Arizona (PREP @ UAZ) seeks to provide American Indian/Alaskan Native students with a rigorous research and educational program that honors Indigenous perspectives and nurtures a strong sense of well-being and belonging. This program will enhance the confidence and success of participants and their matriculation into strong biomedical PhD programs and subsequently increase the diversity of PhD-level scientists.
  • The application to PREP @ UAZ is through the University of Arizona Graduate College, see "Application Proccess" below
  • Upon completion of PREP students will attain a Graduate certificate, Foundations for Biomedical Science PhDs Serving Indigenous Cultures. 
  • Up to 13 units of graduate-level coursework earned toward this certificate will be transferrable towards the requirements of other graduate degree programs at the University of Arizona
  • Participants will be engaged in 75% mentored research and 25% professional development. 
  • PREP @ UAZ accepts up to 7 participants into the program, which starts in early June of each year. 
  • The program provides a salary of $27,200, health benefits, tuition and academic fees.

Program activities

  • Research
  • Coursework
  • Professional development
  • Financial support
  • Social and team building experiences

PREP @ UAZ People

Application process

  • Participants will apply through the Graduate College (GradApp) HERE
  • Step by Step Instructions to navigate GradApp can be found HERE
  • Early application deadline is March 4th
  • Application fee waivers are available for American Indian/Alaska Native applicants. Please send an email to Carolina Pineda and include your name, student ID, and Certificate of Indian Blood.


  • Preference is given to American Indians/Alaskan Natives
  • Must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Must have graduated or be in the process of graduating with a baccalaureate degree in a biomedically relevant science from an accredited US college or university (no more than 36 months prior to applying to PREP)
  • Must not be currently enrolled in a graduate degree program
  • Must plan to enter a PhD program in a biomedical field after successful completion of PREP @ UAZ

Application requirements:

  • Applicant’s background information, academic history, statement of purpose, essay, unofficial transcript(s) (if accepted, an official will be required), a copy of GRE scores (if taken), CV and/or resume, and three letters of references.

The review of applications will begin in early March and will continue until the cohort is filled.


Tucson, Arizona


 up to 13 units of graduate-level coursework earned towards this certificate be transferrable towards the requirements of other graduate degree programs