Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program

Mentor Selection

During the first month of the program, PREP directors will help students match with a faculty mentor whose lab is doing research that interests them. As a PREP student, you will work with this mentor for a year-long research experience. Choosing a mentor is one of the most important steps you will take as a PREP scholar, and it requires thought, consultation and careful choice. With more than 2,000 faculty to choose from – ask yourself these questions to help narrow down your choices:

  • Have you identified some faculty members who interest you and researched their work?
  • Have you identified a program which you might ultimately like to apply for graduate admission?
  • What kind of a mentor is best for you? What qualities do you seek in a mentor?

Once admitted to the PREP program, the mentor choice begins with the trainee narrowing down their mentor list with the help of a program director, contacting those possible mentors by phone or email to see if they have space or a project of interest, and then finalizing a choice during the first two weeks of the program. If you found a mentor and began work in their lab, but have doubts about your placement, please contact a program director to help find a solution.

Mentor choices are up to the trainee with advice from one of the below program directors, who will help with your decision:

Kate Barald (
Ben Allen (
Nils Walter (