UF CaRE2 Post-Baccalaureate Program


The Postbac-CaRE2 Program at University of Florida provides a year-long program for candidates with a bachelor’s degree have not yet been admitted to a PhD graduate program or medical school an opportunity to strengthen their applications through cancer health disparities research and academic/career opportunities. Mentorship for professional & graduate School application and GRE/MCAT preparation will be provided.)


UF CaRE2 Post-Bacc Scholars are paid a stipend  as a research assistant, in addition to benefits and tuition (if applicable).


  • Have completed a bachelor’s degree (or are in the final semester).

  • Have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale).

  • Are seriously considering a cancer-related biomedical research career (M.D./Ph.D. in basic, biomedical, clinical and behavioral sciences).

  • Are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident from groups identified by NIH as underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences. This includes individuals from underrepresented minority or disadvantaged backgrounds.

Program Dates

Applications Due April 15,2021
Program Start August 15, 2021

Application Process

Please submit your application here.

Current Trainees

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Michael Maduka is a December 2018 graduate of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU). He brings a bachelor’s of science degree in biology with him to the Post-Baccalaureate CaRE2 Program. As an undergraduate, Michael worked under the mentorship of Dr. Bereket Mochona. Their research focused on developing an anticancer agent with dual or triple mechanistic effects in one entity, containing anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory derivatives. This involved producing a drug that comprises dual or triple effects that can simultaneously act on two or three proteins to avoid drug resistance and also be more specific and not act too broadly and harm healthy cells. Knowledge is power and research experience builds on numerous abilities for today and beyond. Michael has been assigned to work in Dr. Jose Trevino’s lab, with a focus on Pancreatic Cancer. He aspires to go to medical school after the completion of the post-baccalaureate program.