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Below is a general timeline of activities for each semester. The timeline for each scholar is going to have different components because the program is customized and tailored based on interests, objectives, and needs of each scholar.

Summer CampusSummer

  • PREP Interactive Forum-Orientation and Meeting and Greet
    • New scholars will meet with current scholars, faculty, and other student to learn about research interests and what it means to be a scholar at UMB.
  • Intensive one-week course on lab techniques and protocols
    • Scholars will learn the standard lab techniques and protocols common to physical science disciplines.
  • Cancer Biology Retreat or any other retreats on campus
    • An opportunity for scholars to interact with research scientists who are at various stages of their careers.
    • Scholars will learn about current research on the campus.
  • Start of project planning, individual scholar plan, mentoring, and research
  • Optional Course work such as “Cellular and molecular basis of translational  research”
  • Research Symposium
  • Networking Event
    • Opportunities to interact with faculty, staff, students, and scholars in other programs including the Meyerhoff program.


Fall Campus Fall

  • Enroll in graduate level course: CIPP #907: Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Formally create the Individual Development Plan (IDP)
  • GRE Workshop
  • Prep Interactive Forums on "Applying to Graduate School", "Minority Health Disparities", and "My Life Journey to Biomedical Research"
  • Mock interview sessions
  • Attend Seminars and Retreats
  • Continuation of mentoring and research

Spring CampusSpring

  • Review and refine IDP
  • Fundamentals of Biostatistics Course
  • Additional optional coursework, shadowing, or experience, dependent on the needs of the scholar
  • PREP Interactive forums highlighting each scholar's research
  • Seminars, workshops, and retreats
  • Attend national conferences
  • Continuation of mentoring and research

Interactions with other Programs

While in STAR-PREP, scholars will interact with a myriad of different people to enhance their networking skills and cross disciplinary research interests

Nathan Schnaper Summer Internship Program
Scholars will frequently interact with and share lab space with students in the NSIP. At the start of each scholar’s program, he/she will be enrolled in the summer Lab Practices course with the NSIP participants.  This interaction will help to provide scholars potential mentoring possibilities and ability to interact with undergraduate students who share common research interests. STAR-PREP scholars will attend the NSIP Research Symposium in the summer to support students.

A program at UMBC which provides scholarships and support to students who are from underrepresented groups and wish to continue on to PhD programs and establish careers in research. STAR-PREP scholars will be encouraged to share their experiences with students in the U*STAR program.

Meyerhoff Scholars Program is devoted to supporting diversity in the STEM fields and is one of the prominent undergraduate programs at UMBC.

Meyerhoff Graduate Fellows Program is devoted to supporting diversity in STEM fields at the graduate level. STAR-PREP scholars will interact with students involved in the Meyerhoff programs at scholar research networking events and monthly discussion forums, and gatherings.

UMB School of Medicine and Graduate Programs in Life Sciences
The SOM and GPILS programs are committed to promoting diversity in all of their programs. Scholars will be encourage to attend and interact with a students enrolled in the medical school and other graduate programs. Scholars will be informed of and attend seminars, workshops and other events hosted by the GPILS program.