The Summer Pre-Medical Research and Education Program (Summer PREP)

June 6, 2016-July 15, 2016

Application deadline extended to Friday, February 12, 2016


The RowanSOM Summer PREP annually invites under-represented students from colleges and universities across New Jersey for a six-week residential internship designed to help prepare them for health careers training opportunities through exposure to biomedical research, clinical shadowing, MCAT instruction, medical school admissions processes, and seminars. The program is funded via the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education's Educational Opportunity Fund (NJCHE-EOF).

Objectives and Components

RowanSOM Pre-Medical Research and Education Program is a great way for motivated college sophomores and juniors to gain a variety of experiences that will support their medical school preparation. RowanSOM developed the Summer Pre-Medical Research and Education Program (PREP) as a health careers training opportunity to increase the number of under-represented students entering the medical profession, especially the field of Osteopathic Medicine.

  • Mentorship: Program participants are paired with a RowanSOM faculty member to engage in research or to observe clinical evaluations for a period of six weeks during the summer. Participants will make formal presentations of their research findings and/or clinical experiences at the close of the program.
  • Preparation: Participants will receive skills development and instruction to prepare for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), how to plan academically and financially for medical school, and the interview and admissions processes.
  • Experience: Participants will be exposed to the SOM campus environment, faculty, students and staff, and to various healthcare and research areas via seminars, enrichment activities and demonstrations.

Selected students will receive housing, meal allowance and transporation; a $1,100 stipend; free MCAT tutoring, practice books and supplies; and certificate of completion at the end 0f the program.

Eligibility Requirements and Application Procedures

To be eligible for Summer PREP, applicants must be currently enrolled undergraduates who:

• Reside in New Jersey and are currently enrolled at a NJ College/ University
• Are recipients of the NJCHE-EOF grant
• Will not have completed their BA/BS degree by May 2016
• Are US citizens or permanent residents
• Have earned a GPA of at least 2.75

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Elizabeth Cronin via email at or via phone 856-566-6076. Our mailing address is: Summer PREP, RowanSOM - Center for Teaching and Learning, Academic Center - Suite 210, One Medical Center Drive, Stratford, NJ 08084.

How to Apply

1) Complete the application form. Click here to download the application.
2) Write a narrative introducing yourself, explaining why you want to participate in the program and why we should choose you as a participant. Limit your answer to 1000-1500 words.
3) An official copy of your latest college transcript, showing recent Fall grades.
4) Submit two letters of recommendation: one from a college/university science or math professor with whom you have taken a course, and the second from any professor.
5) A letter from your EOF advisor verifying your participation in the program

Enrollment is limited. Interested students should submit all materials via email or mail by Friday, February 12, 2016.


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