BioPREP: Biology Participation in Research and Education Program

An NIH-funded program to encourage underrepresented community college students who wish to further their education and pursue careers in biomedical sciences

Dates: May 26 - July 31, 2015
Application Deadline: February 13, 2015
Salary: Underrepresented students will be paid $15 an hour for ten weeks (40 hrs/week)
Room and Board: Students will have an option to live on or off campus. Students who live on campus will be responsible for their room and board costs.  There are several dining facilities on campus

An opportunity to spend 10 weeks at Stony Brook University in a biotechnology laboratory learning molecular biology techniques and performing a
mentored research project

Lab Techniques & Computer Skills that will be covered:
Isolation of DNA Inoculation of bacterial cultures
Mini preps from bacterial cultures Restriction enzyme digests
Ligation of DNA Bacterial transformation
Preparation of solutions Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
Restriction fragment length polymorphism Pubmed literature searches
Gel electrophoresis (agarose and polyacrylamide) Genome database searches
Protein expression & purification Bioinformatics tools
Western blotting PowerPoint presentations

Other Activities
Poster Session.  Each student will take home their own poster.

Click here to view BioPREP research posters from 2014.
Click here to view BioPREP research posters from 2012.
Click here to view BioPREP research posters from 2011.
Click here to view BioPREP research posters from 2010.
Click here to view BioPREP research posters from 2009.
Click here to view BioPREP research posters from 2008.

Students can present their posters at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students

Guest Speaker Series: Guest lecturers speak to the students regarding various aspects of the biological sciences.

  • Full-time community college student
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Underrepresented student in biomedical sciences (see application)
  • Minimum of 24 credits by the end of the Spring 2015
  • An introductory biology course is a prerequisite (more biology and/or chemistry is preferred)
  • Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • The program requires a full-time commitment Monday through Friday for the full ten-week period.
Application package (due February 13, 2015)
  • a completed application form
  • a copy of your college transcript(s)
  • two letters of recommendation from faculty
  • a one-page statement (please include: personal characteristics that make you a good candidate for BioPREP, why you want to participate in BioPREP and how BioPREP will help you achieve your career goal).
  • proof of citizenship or permanent residency (copy of birth certificate or permanent residency card)

Faculty Researchers
Click here to see the list of faculty researchers and descriptions of their research interests.

Applications should be sent to your college coordinator:
Professor Denise Deal, Nassau Community College
Dr. Rosa Gambier, Suffolk County Community College
Dr. Nidhi Gadura, Queensborough Community College

Students from other community colleges, please send applications to
Dr. Daniel Moloney
Department of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-5233

For additional information or questions, please call (631-632-9750) or e-mail (


Poster Printing Services


December 4: Astronomy Open Night - "Supermassive black holes: the most powerful and ancient objects in the University" (Dr. Takamitsu Tanaka)

December 11: Physics Open Night - "Chirality: from ancient Egypt to tomorrow's technologies" (Dr. Dmitri Kharzeev)

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