How To Apply to PREP@UNM

Applications for the 2024-2025 PREP cohort supported by PREP@UNM are now open!  We do not have a specific deadline and will accept applications until positions are filled.  Start dates for employment are mid-July.  For best consideration, please submit applications as soon as possible.

Please note, persons who qualify for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) are not eligible to apply.

To Apply: 

  1. Click here or go to UNM jobs (
  2. Click on "Search for a Job"
  3. Search for "Research Assistant/Staff - PREP Scholars" (req27690)
  4. Click on "Research Assistant/Staff - PREP Scholars"
  5. Click on "Apply now"

Application Requirements:

  • cover letter indicating how you meet the eligibility criteria, in particular, please address 1) how you self identify in a marginalized or underrepresented group, 2) why you require an additional year of training before entering graduate school, and 3) how you address other eligibility requirements. Please upload this to the cover letter section. 
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae. Please upload this in the Resume section. 
  • A Statement of Future Career Goals, and how this training program will assist you in attaining those goals. Applicants whose primary interests are attending Medical School or Pharmacy School will be disqualified, although MD-Ph.D career goals may create an exception.
  • PREP offers biomedical science and cancer research opportunities across a variety of disciplines including the following list. Provide a brief Research Statement indicating your research interests, including the top two - three research areas you are interested in experiencing and why. Your research interests do not need to be limited to this list, but your interests do need to be related to biomedical or cancer research. Fields may include:
    • Brain and Behavioral Neurosciences/Psychology
    • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    • Biochemical and Biomedical Engineering
    • Biological Modeling and Statistics
    • Cancer Biology
    • Cell Biology and Physiology
    • Community-Based / Health Disparities, Social Biology
    • Comparative Organismal Biology
    • Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
    • Genetics, Genomics
    • Infection Disease, Immunity and Comparative Immunology
  • Provide a list of three potential mentors whose research overlaps with your interests whom you have identified from the mentors list or otherwise. Any professor at UNM may be eligible to be a PREP Mentor, so if you identify an individual not on the list please let us know. Please upload this in the Other section.
  • A minimum of THREE letters of recommendation (included as "additional attachments" in UNM Jobs or emailed by the recommender to
  • All official college transcripts (unofficial copies will be accepted with the application for review purposes)


Please have official transcripts sent to:


    PREP Program 
    MSC03 2020
    Department of Biology
    University of New Mexico
    Albuquerque, NM 87131