PRedOctoral PhD and MD research training in TEams

PROmoTE provides a curriculum to develop skills in kidney disease research by immersing students in a novel program of team training and career development of incoming PhD and MD students at UAB20190719 144229

About PROmoTE
PROmoTE trains pre-matriculating PhD, pre-matriculating MD, and Post-Baccalaureate scholars for a team science based summer project (8 weeks) focused on kidney-relevant research with a mentor team composed of PhD and MD scientists with mentoring backgrounds.
Program Dates: May 25 - July 20, 2022

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Updated September 2021
Application Opens Fall 2021


Team Science and Skills Development

By working in teams of pre-matriculating, pre-matriculating MD, and Post-Baccalaureate scholars under the mentorship of successful MD and PhD researchers - PROmoTE scholars receive a first hand look into effective team science. Throughout the summer students develop skills in both basic and clinical science. 

  • This scholar team will work together on a single research project, with each bringing a diverse and unique set of strengths to the research team. 20190605 090408
  • To inform the scholar team about the science and medicine of kidney disease, PROmoTE scholars participate in a novel course that will start with the development of critical thinking about disease physiology and end with developing knowledge about clinical analysis of kidney disease pathology. 
  • To introduce scholars to this unique team training opportunity, PROmoTE begins with a Teamwork Retreat at the beginning of the summer.
  • To facilitate PROmoTE scholars’ understanding of the unique cultures, values, role/responsibilities, and expertise of graduate students and medical students, the recruited students will be exposed to a variety of teams and taught teamwork skills


Frequently Asked Questions

Who will I work with?
You will work on a research project in a team of four, which consists of a PhD scientis, a MD Scientis, A PhD student, an MD student, or a Post-Bacc Scholar.PROmoTE logo

How am I matched with the other team members?
After students are selected and accept to be in the program, we will send out a list of the resraserch projects and mentor teams. You will be asked to rank the projects. We will then match students and teams according to the rankings.

When does the program begin and end? 
The program begins with Orientation and formerly ends with a team science presentation. There is some flexibility with start and end dates, please include information in your personal statement explaining any situations. However, you are required to be in the program for 8 weeks to obtain all benefits. We are currently considering  - May 25 – July 20

Are there prerequisites for this course?
No, not at all. The course is an introduction to kidney research and critical thinking skills.

What learning opportunities will be available?
Along with your summer research project (about 80% of your time) you will also attend a one day Kidney Teamwork Retreat at the beginning of the summer and weekly seminars led by kidney researchers. You'll also take a 1 hour graduate course called Critical Evaluation of Kidney Disease that includes clinical visits. 

Will this program take the place of the early lab rotation? 
Yes, you can elect to have this program be a loab rotation, and the program pays the tuition. 

What costs are covered?
PROmoTE covers your tuitions for the summer course, Critical Approaches and Clinical Evaluation of Kidney Disease, as well as travel to present your resarch at a scientific conference later in the year. GBS students may elect to have this research training program also have credit towards an early lab rotation. If this is elected, then the program also covers the tuitition for the lab rotation course. 

Do PROmoTE scholars receive a stipend?
Yes, PROmoTE scholars will receive a $5000 stipend for the 8 week program. Students are required to be in the program for 8 weeks to receive the stipend. 

Is the scholar responsible for their own housing costs?

Is parking on campus available? If so, what are the costs?
Yes, parking is available for the summer, and the cost and application can be found at: 

Are funds available for scientific conferences? 
Yes. Each student will be able to elect to attend Experimental Biology or American Society of Nephrology.


Application Deadline: Applicants accepted on a rolling basis starting March 15th.

Pre-matriculating GBS PhD students, pre-matriculating MD students, and Post-Baccalareates* who are US Citizens or Permanent Residents are eligible to apply
*(Post-Bacc's must research experience and a high degree of interest in kidney research)

Application Opens Fall 2021

Benefits: $5000 stipend, tuition for summer credit hours, travel costs to present this work at a scientific conference

Contact: Rena Becker - 205-354-5701 or Dr. Jennifer Pollock 

Funding provided: NIH R25 DK 112731