Postdoctoral Research, Instruction and Mentoring Experience (PRIME) Program

HowlettPRIMEThe Postdoctoral Research, Instruction, and Mentoring Experience (PRIME) program is designed to develop highly-skilled biomedical scientists to teach the next generation of clinical researchers and allied health professionals. Our objective is to increase the numbers of academic researchers from under-represented minorities (URM) in the medical and allied health professions, and to train them to utilize innovative methods that enhance the learning environment and support the career development of URM pre-professional and allied health professions students.

PRIME Program Overview (PDF)

A Look Through the PRIME Program (PDF)

Meet the 2013-2016 PRIME Scholars

PRIME Activities

PRIME Participating Research Training Faculty Members (PDF)

 PRIME Faculty - Wake Forest University

PRIME Faculty - Winston-Salem State University

The next application deadline will be March 15, 2017 for a July 2017 start date. Applications received after the deadline will be considered if positions are still available.

2017 PRIME Application

Aims of the PRIME ProgramNildrisLab

Through funding provided by a K12 grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences' Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) program and a partnership with Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), the PRIME scholars will be trained by integrating traditional mentored postdoctoral research at Wake Forest School of Medicine, regular in-depth professional development programming at WFSM, WFU and WSSU, and a broad variety of teaching assignments in pre-professional and allied health professional (with a focus on Physical Therapy) courses at WSSU. PRIME will aid in recruitment, retention, and development of more under-represented minority clinical scientists by immersing PRIME scholars, their WFU mentors, and undergraduates in the MARC U*STAR and MBRS RISE programs at WSSU in a rich collaborative learning environment. Additionally, PRIME will strengthen existing collaborations in research and teaching between WFSM and WSSU. To meet these goals, the PRIME Program aims are to:

  1. Train scholars in research with a faculty member in a WFU Graduate School of Arts and Science’s program in Integrative Physiology and Pharmacology, Neuroscience, or Molecular Medicine and Translational Sciences.
  2. Train scholars in mentored teaching experiences at WSSU for the entire three year training, including tutoring, lecturing, laboratory design and development, guiding students through robotics simulations, leading case-based learning (PBL), and open-source digital teaching tools.
  3. Introduce PRIME scholars to current pedagogical techniques and educational philosophy through a semester-long course, and short workshops from the WFU Teaching and Learning Center and others.
  4. Facilitate mentoring skills by pairing PRIME scholars with WFSM faculty to oversee the research training of WSSU MARC U*STAR and MBRS-RISE undergraduates, and PREP post-bac students.
  5. Train PRIME scholars in translational research practices and grant writing.
  6. Train PRIME scholars to become leaders in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) education programs.

PRIME Mentoring Opportunities

PRIME Program 2016
(L-R) Victor Taylor II,  A’ja Duncan, Bita Nickkholgh, Tanya Gwathmey-Williams, Allyn Howlett, Nildris Cruz-Diaz, Peter Ruthven Corridon

Related Links

WFU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Office of Postdoctoral Affairs/WFU Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Hypertension and Vascular Research Center Research Education and Training Programs
Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity - Health Equity Research Opportunities (HERO) Fellowship Program
Biomedical Research Services and Administration
Winston-Salem State University Biomedical Research Infrastructure Center (BRIC)
The Teaching and Learning Center


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