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The IMSD program is designed to increase the participation of under-represented groups in the biomedical sciences.
The 2012 IMSD program participants
IMSD Scholars receive the following benefits from the program:
- Payment of tuition, fees and health insurance by the grant for a period of at least 12 months (after that your financial support will come from one or more other sources)
- Financial support for travel to colleges or universities for the purpose of presenting your research
- Ability to obtain essential career development tools to assist you with the transition to the next career step after the PhD by attending professional development workshops
- Gaining knowledge about issues pertaining to diversity and how to enhance diversity in the scientific community
To apply for a position on this grant you must be a PhD student of any race or ethnicity (US citizen or Permanent Resident) who has shown a strong commitment to enhancing diversity or who is a member of a group that is under-represented in biomedical and biobehavioral research. These include:
- Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown to be under-represented in doctoral level health-related sciences on a national basis
- Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, or from disadvantaged backgrounds
The components of the program include:
- A pre-matriculation, four-week summer refresher course from mid July to mid August.
- Serving as a Graduate Student Advisor to a summer undergraduate research participant and a new PhD graduate student once you have completed the first year of the PhD program
- Working with an IMSD Mentoring Committee member to ensure progress through graduate school and preparation for post-doctoral career plans
- Participating in the Diversity in Science course (required for all new PhD students).
If you are interested please contact Dr. Cynthia Wright at