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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.
  • Invitation to all Office of Student Research Summer Seminars
  • 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.
  • Start of project planning, individual scholar plan, mentoring, and research.
  • Initial monthly meeting with the director and other leadership team members.
  • Optional one week Introduction to Clinical and Translational Research Course and/or two-week Intro to Basic Clinical Research Course
  • Networking Event
    • Opportunities to interact with faculty, staff, students, and scholars in other programs including the Meyerhoff program.



  • Enroll in graduate level course: CIPP 907: Responsible Conduct of Research and GPLS 630: Fundamentals of Biostats
  • Fall Campus

    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 and essay review
  • Attend Journal Clubs
  • Present at National Conferences including SACNAS or ABRCMS
  • Participate in Seminars and Retreats
  • Continuation of mentoring and research


  • Review and refine IDP
  • Additional optional shadowing, or experience, dependent on the needs of the scholar
  • Spring Campus

    PREP Interactive forums highlighting each scholar's research
  • Hone presentation skills by presenting in front of other scholars, faculty and staff
  • Seminars, workshops, and retreats
  • Opportunity to take an elective course
  • Continuation of mentoring and research
  • Attend MAPRS

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:

Bridges to the Doctorate
Combined program with Towson University and UMSOM.  This program is  for students from underrepresented groups who are interested in earning a PhDs in science. While completing a master's degree at Towson University, students will  receive tuition remission, professional development activities, GRE prep, attend seminars and journal clubs at UMSOM,  and complete a four week lab rotation at UMSOM in the summer before preparing to apply to PhD programs.  

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.