The PROMISE Research Study is no longer recruiting participants. We are currently in the early stages of manuscript development.

What is PROMISE? 

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 were to attend peer group sessions facilitated by more senior racially/ethnically underrepresented biomedical researchers (Associate or Full Professors). Groups met twice per month over an 8.5 month period. After the peer group concluded, 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 was 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

                       – Middle Eastern or North African

– 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)