Promoting Representation in Immunology through Mentor-Enriched Research Assignments (PRIMERA) Program

Research demonstrates that mentoring relationships are strongly correlated with trainees’ success in pursuing research careers, especially for students from backgrounds underrepresented in science. Therefore, the UT Health San Antonio Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics (MIMG) at the Long School of Medicine is offering an undergraduate summer research program focused on the mentee-mentor relationship for students from backgrounds shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research (African Americans, Latino/Hispanic Americans, Native Americans/Alaska Natives who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment, Hawaiian Natives and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands, and others, as defined by the NIH here).

This exciting 10-week undergraduate research program provides “hands-on” research experience for outstanding and highly-motivated college students interested in research careers in the biomedical sciences. The program targets students who are science majors and have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies (i.e. who will be rising juniors and seniors in 2020/2021 academic year) with a complement of basic course work in the sciences. Each student will be assigned to a faculty member under whose direction she/he will carry out a specific research project designed to yield new research findings.

The PRIMERA Program offers:

  • 10 weeks paid research training
  • Dedicated mentorship including:
    • Mentoring Compact development
    • Individual Development Plan
    • Weekly Individual Meetings
  • Individual laboratory training in cellular and molecular immunology techniques
  • Participation in lab meetings, seminars, poster sessions
  • Interaction with graduate and undergraduate students in the MIMG department and throughout UT Health San Antonio


Eligible students will have:

  • A strong interest in pursuing a career in research
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • 1-2 letters of recommendation




For questions please contact the program director, Dr. Ann Griffith (


The PRIMERA program is supported by a grant to UT Health San Antonio from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute through the James H. Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study program.

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San Antonio, Texas 78229

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