Thinking of a career in biomedical or behavioral sciences, but not sure how to get there?

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis can help. The Indiana University-Purdue University Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (IPREP) prepares recent college graduates, who are students from underrepresented minority or disadvantaged populations, for admission to graduate programs in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

IPREP is funded through the National Institutes of Health and draws on the programmatic and research strengths of the major health and life sciences campus of IUPUI. Training is provided in addictions neuroscience, biomedical engineering, clinical psychology, human performance and kinesiology, medical neuroscience, basic biomedical sciences (anatomy and cell biology, microbiology and infectious disease, musculoskeletal biology, pharmacology, and physiology) and other areas in biological behavior sciences toward the goal of matriculation into these graduate programs. The long-term goal of IPREP is to improve diversity in the community of graduate students and faculty for these targeted Ph.D. programs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

The following table shows the Early Decision deadlines and compares them to the deadlines for Regular Decision:


Early Decision

Regular Decision

Application review begins

November 15

December 1

Application deadline

December 15

March 15

Interviews complete

January 10

March 20

Early decision notification

January 15

March 25

Deadline to accept admission

January 25

April 5

IPREP program begins

June 1

June 1

An applicant who applies for Early Decision but is not accepted early, will still be considered for regular admission.

Shaquitta Dent

Description of the video:

I'm shaquita dead I was a 2016 I prep
fellow I am currently a first year
graduate student I'm in the master's
program for kinesiology in the school of
physical education and tourism
management my research bog over on
evaluating the use of virtual training
devices to see how it would affect
proprioception and springless thickness
and subjects doing walking we use motion
capture analysis software to track the
body segments during the task we have
two different systems we have a
stationary camera systems that are set
up around the room and we also have a
wireless system that we can attach to
the subjects body and then the computer
can actually track the motion and
calculate the Joint Center attracted you
to the program the students I met the
students at a conference the year before
I applied to the program I explained to
them that my decision to go into a ph.d
program I was kind of on the edge about
on the fence about what exactly I wanted
to do research
so the student spoke highly of the
program all the advantages of how the
program is actually set up step by step
they help you to figure out exactly
which route would be best for you in
pursuing a PhD I've benefited from the
program because before I wasn't 100%
Shuler on my career path I knew I want
to get a PhD but I just didn't know how
to go about doing that so a better part
of I prep gave me the tools that I
needed to help solidify that decision
and that pursuit the main goal is to
enter into a ph.d program but I'm
currently in a master's program because
that's the best route for me I needed a
little bit more exposure to the field of
biomechanics because my background is in
biology so doing this program helped me
to really solidify the decision that
getting a PhD is what I really I might
be mentor mentee relationship I think
that having a strong relationship with
your mentor is what makes the program a
success the 101 guidance that you get
from your mentor is actually what helps
you grow as a as a candidate for a
graduate program once you've completed I
grow in order to succeed in I Pro I
think students must come in with
you have to be willing to learn you have
to be open to constructive criticism
it's an area ultimately this program is
for students that help them to grow
Jared Smith

Description of the video:

all right my name is Jared Smith and I
was in the I prep program in 2015
through 16 and I'm currently pursuing my
MD and PhD here at IU School of Medicine
so originally I came visited
Indianapolis in the vault ISM 14 at
their firm called getting you to IUPUI
and at that time I met a lot of great
people in this campus
and found out more about the hyper
program and what that program was so the
average research lab day for me was was
actually pretty great actually liked it
backed away it had a really great lab
environment so it worked with the
chemotherapy drugs basically the
condition is called a
chemotherapy-induced peripheral
neuropathy and we dealt with this drunko
carve as a pain so the gist of it is is
that especially here in Indiana there's
a large opioid addiction and prevalence
the person prescribed to patients and so
but that leads to drug addiction and
increase in pain tolerances of what our
research found out and so my project
mostly dealt with is using this drug or
carbamazepine which is also is mostly
used for app for anti affluent or best
epilepsy and seizures but we're using
this drug to reduce pain targets in
these currently seek opioid
seeking individuals and reducing their
pain tolerance so I purposes it's
important RUP why because one ipy is a
great research institution so there's
many different you know those hospitals
here and there's a great research
environment this great research
environment particularly student
neuroscience and the neuroscience here
at this campus is amazing but given up
given the chance that I prepped really
does it gives you the chance to get into
the research lab and learn more about
the research environment but also
working your own stuff so it gets you a
chance to carve out your own path where
where as an undergrad you may not get
that opportunity but out of school like
IUPUI and in the combining it with AI
prep you're able to take take we are
interested in the very next level how do
i benefit from the program so i prep one
thing i said the research environment
was amazing for me so i got to
understand that grad school is actually
something that I wanted to do and so I
wanted to think like like a researcher
would but also during the program Oaxaca
said I'm currently an MD ph.d program so
I was also better able to develop my
research skills which I plan to apply in
the future as a physician
scientists so to be in this part of I
think one needs to be an independent
thinker or other and also what do you
think have an open mind to want to be an
independent maker because this program
is mostly geared towards being in
graduate school graduate schools all
about knowing how to think around your
problems and creating your own question
and finding the answers to that question
so having an open mind in wanting to
find answers to the question that you
asked that's very important
Dr. Bahamonde

Description of the video:

I think Manchester in general is
important in any in any field I mean I
think in academia if you look at the
business world they do mentorship
throughout you know people's careers you
know in academia mentorship is important
you know for students for faculty also I
I enjoy being a mentor for students
because I was very lucky to have mentors
that help me you know and push me to
going through getting a PhD and things
like that so I think you know by being a
mentor I'm trying to give back to other
people gave me you know when I was going
up and also I think I'm helping students
to achieve their goal well I think when
you know I prep it's bringing students
from all over the nation minority
students that when they come over here
show them they're showing our campus
working with mentors and I mean ideally
when we wish that all the I prep
students that come over here stay at
IUPUI you know I prep revises this this
new opportunity for them to get a better
prepare hopefully to get into a ph.d
program I personal benefit from I
provide being involved in the program
being in in addition to being a mentor
of one of the students that came from
one of the HBCU I have also the liaison
between our schools and the program and
also probably the executive team and
just working with the people on the team
working with the students across the
board it's a tremendous opportunity and
you know I enjoy working with on the
person of minority students I'm helping
them to achieve their goals
Dr. Boehm

Description of the video:

my name is dr. Steven Bowman professor
of psychology at IUPUI director of the
undergraduate neuroscience program and
faculty in the addiction neuroscience
graduate program it's probably this
addiction neuroscience research work and
faculty membership that is of interest
to the I prep program
it's exciting to Train students it
doesn't matter where the student comes
from but it's really exciting when
someone gets opportunities that maybe
they new opportunities that maybe they
didn't know that they would ever have
and to provide those opportunities and
see somebody just flourish in a research
environment is terrific
undergrads need to develop certain
skills and knowledge they're going to
ultimately go on to medical school or
graduate school in this case we're
talking about graduate school and
without mentorship students opposite
oftentimes won't know exactly what those
skills are or what knowledge might be
so mentorship is key to help the
students find the right path to get
where they want to ultimately go that
the program gives a framework so first
of all it provides an opportunity for
just those students that have in their
undergraduate training not received
maybe the mentorship or the skillset or
the knowledge to make them competitive
abroad in school so I from provides that
for those students so they come as post
baccalaureate students spend a year and
I prep here on campus with focused
mentorship and guidance and focus on
what skills and knowledge does any
particular IPRO student need to
ultimately be successful and get into
graduate school so that's the focus and
that's what I prepare students get
this program so IEP I benefits because
you when you diversify the Graduate
population here you diversify the voices
the perspectives in biomedical research
so that benefits the campus because we
have now a more diverse perspective on
the research that's going on here
ultimately though we diversify
biomedical research across the country
by diversifying the research force here
on campus I've been privileged to be
part of this until you have known and no
die prep students past and present and
other students that are not part of my
prep but that come from different
underrepresented groups
folks that have changed my worldview and
my thinking not just scientifically but
otherwise and so it's had a tremendous
impact on me as an individual and as a


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