Pathways to Research Program (PReP)

The Pathways to Research Program (PReP) provides undergraduate students with knowledge, skills, and experience in translational science and health equity research.

PReP provides an opportunity for students from populations underrepresented* in research to begin or advance their research career. Opportunities for travel funds to participate in national and international scientific meetings are awarded on a competitive basis. 

The cornerstone of the research training program is the scholar’s participation in a research project under the direct supervision of a University of Minnesota faculty mentor. With input and oversight by the faculty mentor, scholars will design a research plan related to the mentor’s ongoing research programs.

CTSI PReP Program shares its application with the Health Disparities and Cancer Research Summer Internship. Students may be considered for one or both of the programs by selecting their program choice(s) in the application. Find out more about the Health Disparities and Cancer Research Summer Internship.

Program overview

  • Seeking applicants enrolled at colleges and universities in Minnesota who are from an underrepresented population (*see definition on page 4 of the RFA) 
  • Stipend of approximately $480/week provided for full-time engagement, 12 weeks between June 4, 2018 and August 24, 2018
  • Up to ten students selected
  • Funding for travel to present at a scientific conference for outstanding projects
  • Students are eligible regardless of citizenship or immigration status

Application details

The 2018 application submission process has closed. Please review materials from the most recent application cycle:

Submit Letter of Recommendation 

PReP scholars

2018

Scholars will be matched with University faculty mentors for the summer:

Hani Abi

University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts


Nofisat Babajide

Carlton College


Dina Elyamany

MetroState University


Dawson Hill

University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts


Ahmed Idris

University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts


Austin Leikvoll

University of Minnesota, College of Biological Sciences


Cristhian Martinez

Gustavus Adolphus College


Duane Nguyen

Macalester College


Jocelyn Ricard

University of Minnesota, College of Biological Sciences


Libin Said

University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts


Marcos Zachary

University of Minnesota, College of Science and Engineering

2017

Scholars will be matched with University faculty mentors for the summer:

Anh Thu Doan

St. Olaf College, College of Biological Sciences


Mariam Fawzy

Augsburg College, College of Liberal Arts


Nik Martinneau

Minneapolis Community and Technical College, ​Academy of Science and Mathematics


Koushik Paul

University of Minnesota Duluth, College of Liberal Arts


Hok Sreng Te

University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts


Dara Tourt

Normandale Community College, ​Science, Engineering and Mathematics


Kamal Tusa

University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts

2016

Hamdi Adam, Augsburg College

Mentor: Irina St. Louis MN, PhD


Medinat Akindele, University of Minnesota

Mentor: Natalia Tretyakova, PhD


Quoc Bui, Rochester Community and Technical College

Mentor: Victor Barocas, PhD


Isatou Cham, University of Minnesota

Mentor: Barbara Beacham, PhD, RN


Bridget Curtin, University of Minnesota

Mentor: Reena Kartha, PhD


Kayla Ha, Saint Catherine University

Mentors: Susie Nanney, PhD and Kola Okuyemi, MD, MPH


Karen Herrera, Saint Catherine University

Mentor: Beshay Zordoky, PhD


Thao Hoang, Macalester College

Mentor: Michele Allen, MD


Vy Nguyen, University of Minnesota

Mentor: Katie Cullen, MD


Sierra Trost, University of Minnesota - Crookston

Mentor: Joe Gaugler, PhD

2015

Sonnah Barrie, University of Minnesota

Mentor: Kathleen Call, PhD


Alana Dopp, University of Minnesota

Mentor: Pamela Jo Johnson, PhD


Jace Gilbertson, University of Minnesota

Mentor: Andrew Barnes, MD


Monica Goodman, University of Minnesota

Mentor: Erin E. Krebs, MD, MPH


Pakou Her, University of Minnesota

Mentor: Kelvin O. Lim, MD


Ashley Johnson, St. Catherine University

Mentor: Irina St. Louis, MD, PhD


Kyle Lau, University of Minnesota

Mentor: Logan G. Spector, PhD


Patty Maglalang, University of Minnesota

Mentor: Lisa Coles, PhD


Jessica Pham, Macalester College

Mentor: Kathryn Cullen, MD


Denise Quintanilla, University of Minnesota

Mentor: Iris Borowsky, MD, PhD

2014

Sowda Ahmed, College of Biological Sciences

Mentor: Mark Schleiss


Samantha Carlson, School of Public Health

Mentor: Alicia Allen


Stephanie Duong, Macalester College

Mentor: Kathryn Cullen


Cedith Giddings, Augsburg College

Mentor: Siobahn McMahon


Virginia Godfrey, University of Minnesota-Morris

Mentors: Kathleen Call and Melissa Walls


Jamie Morissette, College of St. Scholastica

Mentor: Cari Clark


Ammanuel Taye, Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Mentor: Paul Bohjanen


Thang Tran, College of Biological Sciences

Mentor: Richard Brundage


Abhishek Vaidya, College of Biological Sciences

Mentor: Erica Schorr


Allison Wolf, University of Minnesota-Morris

Mentor: Dianne Neumark-Sztainer

2013

Olufemi Adams, College of Liberal Arts

Mentor: Susie Nanney


Sudip Bhandari, St. Olaf College

Mentor: Iris Borowsky


Amy Blakeslee, College of St. Scholastica

Mentor: Sarah Cusick


Paris Delaney, College of Liberal Arts

Mentor: Ruby Nguyen


Nhat Duong, Normandale Community College

Mentor: Amir Moheet


Mnwabisi Mbangata, College of Biological Sciences

Mentor: James Cloyd


Waruiru Mburu, Macalester College

Mentor: Jasjit S. Ahluwalia


Arwa Osman, St. Olaf College

Mentor: Lauren Martin


Sasha Orange, School of Nursing

Mentor: Janet Thomas


Kevin Siem, College of Liberal Arts

Mentor: Kathleen Thomas


Nayar Valente, St. Olaf College

Mentor: Julie Ostrander


Chelsea Wagner, College of Education and Human Development

Mentor: Cari Clark


Amanda Wanous, College of Biological Sciences

Mentor: Rebecca Shlafer

2012

Sara Cronquist, College of Liberal Arts

Mentor: Janet Thomas


Co Duong, College of Biological Sciences

Mentor: Susan Everson-Rose


Mercy Konchellah, College of Biological Sciences

Mentor: Jasjit S. Ahluwalia


Hai Nguyen-Tran, College of Biological Sciences

Mentor: Rahel Ghebre


Nima Odowa, College of Liberal Arts

Mentor: Naty Lopez


Anthony Osifuye, College of Liberal Arts

Mentor: Kathleen Call


Kendra Radtke, College of Biological Sciences

Mentor: James Cloyd


Danielle Swichtenberg, College of Biological Sciences

Mentor: Carol Peterson


John Tarnowski, College of Biological Sciences

Mentor: Julie Ross


Uyen Truong, College of Science and Engineering

Mentor: Robert Hebbel

Contact us

ctsieduc@umn.edu
612-625-2022

Find a mentor

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Scholar successes

Former scholar Jamie Morrissette (shown with Senator Amy Klobuchar) presents her research project on Capitol Hill.Former scholar Jamie Morrissette (shown with Senator Amy Klobuchar) presents her research project on Capitol Hill. 

From undergrad to global health researcher: Former scholar Sudip Bhandari's translational path.From undergrad to global health researcher: Former scholar Sudip Bhandari's translational path.