About IMSD

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The Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Program at UMass Boston is funded by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Science (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The overall goal of IMSD is to increase the number of underrepresented minorities who pursue PhD-level research careers in the biomedical sciences.

If you are a UMass Boston science major with an interest in learning more about research careers, IMSD might be the right program for you!

The program provides:

  • Year-round research opportunities in laboratories at UMass Boston, Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, or other local institutions
  • Hourly wages for research
  • Funding for research supplies
  • Tuition coverage
  • Research skills training, career development workshops, support to attend national meetings, and other opportunities
  • A community of student and faculty scholars
  • Close mentoring by faculty advisors
  • Preparation for PhD programs

Students join IMSD at either of two levels:

IMSD Affiliates: Science majors more than 60 credits from graduation and interest in applying to graduate school

IMSD Fellows: Science majors within 60 credits of graduation with demonstrated success in science courses and advancing toward graduate study