REC Scholars

Research Education Component (REC) Scholars are exceptional junior investigators who will receive guidance in their career development into independent Alzheimer’s disease researchers. Wisconsin ADRD investigators will support REC Scholars through intensive training, research support, and mentoring.

The Wisconsin ADRC REC Steering Committee will select junior faculty or advanced postdoctoral fellows to participate in a rigorous two-year, mentored training program designed to ensure research proficiency in broad-based Alzheimer’s disease research. 

The program will include the following:

  • Training in core research competencies necessary for success as an independent scientist
  • Training in basic, clinical and translational research concepts necessary for furthering innovative research on Alzheimer’s disease
  • Mentorship to advance research independence
  • $80,000 over two years to support a research project

Meet the REC Scholars


Andrea Gilmore-Bykovskyi, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Career goal: Develop a clinical research program focused on improving Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis as well as access to care and treatments, especially for high-risk and disadvantaged populations.


Nicole Rogus-Pulia, PhD, CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Career goal: Utilize her training as a scientist and speech-language pathologist to develop an evidence-based treatment for dysphagia in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

How to Apply for the program

The Wisconsin ADRC will begin recruiting for its 2021 class of REC Scholars in fall 2020.