New Post-Baccalaureate Training Program at MPFI

Post-Baccalaureate Research Experience (PRE)

This program provides research experience and exposure to students who have graduated from college and are planning to apply to graduate or professional school in the future.

After graduation, some students take time off to decide which programs to apply to and to polish their application materials. Some students are switching fields or need more research exposure to be desirable candidates. MPFI PRE fellows work in the labs of leading scientists and are exposed to cutting edge research and advanced technologies. The nature of their research experience depends on the lab that they are accepted into and the level of their previous training. In all cases, fellows will be exposed to an environment devoted to research and scientists who are recognized as world leaders in their fields. Each postbac will also be encouraged to participate in career enrichment activities aimed at the next step: application to graduate or professional school. These activities include expert discussion panels, skills workshops, and career exploration sessions.

Program Details and Requirements

The MPFI PRE program is for college graduates who are planning on applying to graduate or professional school in the near future. Accepted candidates must be available for at least 6 consecutive months working up to 40 hours a week including shift work, depending their role in the lab. Length of the program will differ for each fellow, depending on the nature of their role in the lab and is at the discretion of each PI.

Application Process

The program has no fixed start date although early application is highly encouraged as there is limited space. Prospective candidates can apply online (http://www.maxplanckflorida.org/pre.html with the following materials:

1.  curriculum vitae or resume
2.  and cover letter containing:
*  a description of applicant’s research interests and career goals,
*  a list of coursework and grades,
*  a list of names and contact information for three references

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis year round by MPFI scientists. Applicants are accepted into the program when they are chosen by a PI, based on availability and fit. Contact Dr. Rebekah Corlew<mailto:rebekah.corlew@mpfi.org> the PRE Program Coordinator with questions Rebekah.Corlew@mpfi.org.

Career enrichment activities

Led by the PRE Coordinator, enrichment activities include special guests such as current graduate students and postdocs, grants experts, former admissions committee members, and career enrichment experts.

Rebekah Corlew PhD
Rebekah.Corlew@mpfi.org
PRE Program Coordinator
Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience
http://www.maxplanckflorida.org/pre.html

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