State Pre-College Enrichment Program (S-PREP)

About S-PREP at Columbia University

The State Pre-College Enrichment Program (S-PREP) is an academic enrichment program designed for students who are seriously interested in pursuing a career in medicine or related STEM fields. The long-range objective of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in healthcare and STEM profession. The program offers enrichment courses geared towards preparing students for success in math and science. Courses include, but are not limited to the following: Anatomy, Biochemistry, Embryology, Chemistry, Genetics, Neuroscience, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Physiology, Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus. In addition, the program offers PSAT and SAT preparation courses provided by Kaplan.

S-PREP consists of two sessions (Summer and Academic Year). Classes are held from Mondays through Fridays in the Summer, while during the Academic Year, classes (both morning & afternoon session) are held on Saturdays, in the Hammer Health Science Center (701 West 168th Street). In addition to the rigorous academic schedule, the program offers college preparation and career development workshops, college counseling services, field trips and college tours.

Students admitted to SPREP are eligible to apply for a summer research program for high school students run by the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute. The BRAINYAC program (Brain Research Apprenticeships In New York At Columbia) admits students with a stated interest in biomedical and specifically neuroscience research who can commit to Saturday afternoon classes starting in January and a summer term (July-August). Starting in January, BRAINYAC students learn basic neuroscience concepts and laboratory skills that will prepare them for their mentored research experience in a CUMC neuroscience lab during the summer. Students receive a stipend for their participation in the program. Admitted SPREP students will receive more information in October about the BRAINYAC program and how to apply.

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