Diversity Programs

Special Programs

  • The Excellence in Cardiovascular Sciences (EICS) summer program, sponsored by Wake Forest School of Medicine and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, is an opportunity for underrepresented minorities to gain research experience during the summer months. The program includes research training in the cardiovascular sciences with mentoring by medical school faculty. Undergraduate students with an interest in earning their PhD in the biomedical sciences for a research career are encouraged to apply. EICS sponsorship includes travel, housing and a stipend. This program has been in existence for over 20 years.
  • Enhancing Undergraduate Education and Research in Aging to Eliminate Health Disparities (ENGAGED) is a pipeline program funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and sponsored by the Wake Forest School of Medicine (WFSM), Wake Forest University (WFU), Wake Forest Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and Winston-Salem State University (WSSU).  ENGAGED is designed to increase diversity in aging research by providing underrepresented undergraduate students with a variety of opportunities offered during the academic year (for WFU and WSSU students only) and during the summer (for students at any U.S. college/university). Academic year sponsorship includes a stipend and tuition, depending upon level of participation. Summer sponsorship includes travel, housing and a stipend. All activities will take place in Winston-Salem, NC on the campuses of WFSM, WFU, and WSSU.

Prime Program

The 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.


Health Disparities in Neuroscience-related Disorders (MS)

The goal of the Health Disparities in Neuroscience-related Disorders master’s program is to recruit students from diverse backgrounds into Health Disparities research program. The program builds on unique resources at Wake Forest University that make it an ideal institution for students to succeed.

Academic Programs

For your convenience, the attached PDF document provides a listing of all academic programs and PhD Tracks offered, along with contact information.


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