The PROMISE Research Study is currently recruiting racially or ethnically underrepresented postdoctoral fellows and early career faculty who are engaged in biomedical research.

What is the study? 

The PROMISE Study strives to identify best mentoring practices for scientists underrepresented (UR) in biomedical research. We will examine a peer group mentoring approach to enhance scholarly output and academic advancement of participants.

Participants will attend peer group sessions facilitated by more senior racially/ethnically underrepresented biomedical researchers (Associate or Full Professors). Groups will meet twice per month over an 8.5 month period. After the peer group concludes, participants will complete a follow-up survey every six months, for two years.


Large sectors of the U.S. population remain underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce. Individuals from UR groups are often less integrated within their departments and professional organizations. Many reasons for this exist including limited access to effective mentoring. Peer mentoring is a strategy that builds a mentoring community and has been shown to be effective for academic success.

Who is eligible to participate? 

  • Early Career Faculty and Postdocs (MD, PhD,MD/PhD, or DO)
  • Identify as racially/ethnically underrepresented

– African American or Black

– Hispanic or Latinx

– South Asian

– American Indian or Alaska Native

– Native Indian or other Pacific Islander

– Multiracial

  • Engaged in biomedical research (research on the biological/behavioral processes that advance the diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention of disease)

JOIN US  in this national effort, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Diversity Program Consortium,  to promote success of UR biomedical researchers in the workforce!