The PROMISE Study is a multi-site collaboration between UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University. PROMISE seeks to address the widespread under-representation (UR) in the biomedical (behavioral and biomedical health related) research workforce, including underrepresentation of several racial/ethnic groups.  Many reasons for this underrepresentation exist including limited access to effective mentoring.

Individuals from UR groups can also feel isolated and less integrated within their departments and professional organizations. Therefore, this research study employs a facilitated peer group model as a strategy that builds a mentoring community and has been shown to be effective for promoting scholarly output and academic success. Peer group activities will be facilitated by senior biomedical researchers from UR groups.

We are currently seeking both peer group members and facilitators at both universities.

This research is part of a national effort, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Diversity Program Consortium to identify best mentoring practices for scientists underrepresented (UR) in biomedical research.

Who is eligible to participate in this research?

As peer members:   

Racially underrepresented PhD, MD, DO, or MD/PhD postdoctoral fellows and assistant professors who identify as racially or ethnically underrepresented and are engaged in biomedical research (research on the biological or behavioral processes that advance the diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention of disease).

To register your interest in being a participant at UNC-Chapel Hill, click here. For participation at Duke, click here.

As facilitators

We are also seeking racially or ethnically underrepresented associate and full professors to serve as facilitators for the peer groups. Facilitators should have both experience mentoring junior faculty or postdocs, as well as a history of funded biomedical research. Training in facilitating the curriculum and administrative support (e.g., all logistics and materials) will be provided to facilitators as well as monetary compensation.

To register you interest in being a facilitator at UNC-Chapel Hill, click here. For facilitating at Duke, click here.

Who is funding this research?

The National Institutes of Health General Medical Sciences, Diversity Consortium Program, in collaboration with the National Research mentoring Network (NRMN).  The UNC/Duke project (U01-GM132374) is one of only 11 sites in the country to receive this funding.

What will you do in the research study?

This study will examine a facilitated peer group mentoring approach to enhance scholarly output and academic advancement of participants. Peer groups will meet twice per month for nine months. Sessions are focused on professional development and facilitated by senior UR biomedical researchers.