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Postbaccalaureate Research and Education Program at Upstate Medical University (PREP-Up)

Monday, June 7, 2021 through Monday, May 31, 2022 

Dr. Alaji Bah, Codirector
Dr. Yingxi Lin, Codirector
Dr. Bruce Knutson, Codirector
Dr. Jessica Hently-Ridilla, Codirector

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About the Program

The State University of New York Upstate Medical University, College of Graduate Studies is offering research training opportunities for its 2021 Postbaccalaureate Research and Education Program (PREP-Up). The program’s focus is to strengthen the research skills and academic competitiveness of program participants in an effort to help meet the critical need for diverse investigators in basic and translational research, particularly individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Students accepted into the program will work as apprentice scientists under the supervision of an established biomedical scientist and participate in courses for skill development. Each student will be provided a salary and benefits for the 12-month period as well as the opportunity of taking two full-credit courses free of charge.

Students will attend research seminars, present and participate in a student journal club, present their work, and participate in discussions on research career development and how to apply to graduate school. Students are given ample opportunities to interact directly with many of our faculty and graduate students. 

The program runs from Monday, June 7, 2021, through Monday, May 31, 2022.

Applicants should be undergraduate students from underrepresented groups in good academic standing, who will have completed their senior year of study by summer 2021, and are majors in biomedically related field, such as chemistry, biology, neuroscience, microbiology, etc.

Applicants must have a strong interest in pursuing a career in basic biomedical research, and are expected to pursue rigorous, research-focused doctoral degree programs (e.g., PhD or MD/PhD) in biomedical fields. Individuals who graduated within the last two years are also eligible.

The main criteria for the selection of students will be personal scholarship, academic excellence, and the match of applicant interests with those of participating SUNY Upstate Medical University biomedical faculty members.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be US citizens or hold permanent resident status, and also qualify as members of groups underrepresented in biomedical sciences, including economically disadvantaged students and those with disabilities.  For more information, please see the following link - https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-20-031.html

The program is tailored for undergraduates who have great potential and enthusiasm for science, yet lack extensive research experience and are therefore less competitive for the most rigorous biomedical graduate programs. We especially seek to recruit individuals who have BA/BS degrees in biomedically-related sciences, with a G.P.A.s of at least 3.0 and who lack substantial research experience.


How To Apply

  • Complete the PREP-Up online application, including a personal statement of your academic goals and career objectives.
  • Submit an official transcript of your undergraduate study to date.
  • Have two letters of recommendation submitted to the PREP-Up Program. The letters of recommendation may be requested from professors related to your major, an advisor, and/or department chair. (Letters of recommendation can be mailed, or emailed, by your recommender to the program.)

Mail supplemental documents to:

SUNY Upstate Medical University
College of Graduate Studies
PREP-Up Program
Room 3122, Weiskoktten Hall
766 Irving Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13210
315 464-4538
FAX: 315-464-4544
Email: prep-up@upstate.edu

Deadline for Applications: March 15, 2021

Postbaccalaureate Research and Education Program at Upstate Medical University Mentors

Muhammad Osman Arif, MD

Alaji Bah, PhD

Regulation of binding, folding and phase separation of intrinsically disordered proteins by post-translational modifications.

Muhammad Osman Arif, MD

Bruce Knutson, PhD

Mechanism of RNA polymerase I transcription and its dysregulation in cancer and craniofacial dismorphologies.

Muhammad Osman Arif, MD

Yingxi Lin, PhD

Using multi-disciplinary approaches to explore molecular and synaptic mechanisms of learning, memory and neurological disorders.

Muhammad Osman Arif, MD

Jessica Henty-Ridilla, PhD

Actin and microtubule crosstalk in cancer and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).