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About PEER

As a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded program, the goal of PEER as an Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD, grant #R25GM086761). program is to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups in biomedical and behavioral research who successfully complete doctoral degree programs. Specifically, the PEER program aims to enhance research training output in biomedical and behavioral sciences by:

  • increase students from UR groups earning doctoral degrees in biomedical or behavioral sciences
  • retain UR students and reduce the gap in completion of doctoral degrees
  • achieve excellence and promote best practices for holistic graduate student development

At a glance benefits of PEER:

  • A salary of $25,000/year plus tuition for the first two years of doctoral-level study at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville if selected for the 2-year fellowship.
  • An Individual Development Plan that helps students identify their research and career goals, organize skill development and communicate goals to mentors and research advisors.
  • An extended Mentorship Network that provides guidance to help students complete their PhDs and in developing as accomplished scholars.

Click here to see more of what PEER can offer!