Initiative for Maximizing Student Development

Two IMSD Fellows looking at test tubes in a laboratory

The Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) at UMass Boston is a year-round, research-intensive, skill-building, mentoring program for undergraduates interested in the biomedical sciences.

Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the program aims to increase diversity among PhD-level researchers in biomedical fields.

The IMSD program provides numerous professional development opportunities, including year-round research experiences in laboratories at UMass Boston or Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, research skills training, biomedical career development workshops, facilitated study groups in science and math courses, journal club, intensive mentoring and advising, travel to scientific conferences, and the benefits of being part of a community of scientists.

To be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at UMass Boston

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident

  • Aspire to pursue a PhD in the biomedical field

Individuals belonging to racial, ethnic, or other under-represented groups in the sciences, as well as persons with disabilities, are strongly encouraged to apply. 

For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator, Claudia Heske or call at 617-287-6649 or come by the IMSD Program Office, Wheatley Hall, 3rd floor, room 29.

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