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Application Process for PREP@unm

Applications will be accepted throughout the year for students wishing to enter the program. However, we anticipate a major intake in June, corresponding to the first month after the date of undergraduate graduation.

Each student wishing to be considered for entry in PREP@unm must prepare and submit documents which contain the following items:

  • A cover letter indicating whether and how you meet the eligibility criteria, including a statement as to why you require an additional year of training before entering graduate school. Please upload this to the Cover Letter section.

  • A resume. 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 lie in application to Medical School or Pharmacy School will be disqualified. Also include a prioritized list of three PREP Faculty Mentors whom you have identified from the mentors list. Additional professors at UNM will be eligible to be PREP Mentors, so if you identify an individual not on the list please let us know. Please upload this in the Other section.

Once you have prepared these documents, follow the steps below to complete your application.

  • 1. Go to the UNMJobs website.

    • Find the "search Postings" link in the upper left hand red box

    • Posting number 0822769

    • For information, please contact PREP Coordinator at prep@unm.edu

    • Click "apply for this posting".

    • If you do not already have one, you will be required to create a new user name and password specific to UNMJobs.

    • Complete the application. Please make sure to upload to files that you have created to the appropriate sections

  • 2. Arrange to have Official Transcripts of all college-level coursework sent to: PREP, Department of Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001. Please make sure that your transcripts show your earned degree; if they do not, please make sure that you have a letter from your institution saying that you have met the requirements for graduation.

  • 3. Arrange to have at least three letters of professional or academic reference sent to the PREP address indicated above, or submitted electronically to prep@unm.edu. The letters can be of a standard format, but should additionally address how participation in PREP will help the applicant achieve the stated career goals. At least two of the letters of reference should be from previous supervisors or class instructors, and this should be explicitly stated in the letter.