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Initiative for Maximizing Student Development

Initiative for Maximizing Student Development

Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) at UMass Boston

IMSD is a year-round, research-intensive, skill-building mentoring program for undergraduates interested in pursuing research careers in the biomedical sciences.

Become part of our community of IMSD Scholars. Apply today!

Funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, IMSD aims to increase diversity among PhD-level researchers in biomedical fields.

The program provides:

  • Year-round research opportunities in laboratories at UMass Boston and other partnering institutions
  • Hourly wages for research
  • Funding for research supplies
  • Preparation for PhD programs and support in the application process
  • 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
  • Networking opportunities

IMSD is open to all students who:

  • Are enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at UMass Boston
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Are a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Aspire to pursue a PhD in fields with biomedical relevance
  • Are enrolled at UMass Boston for at least the next 12 months or more.

The following are encouraged to apply:

  • Individuals belonging to racial or ethnic groups underrepresented in the sciences
  • Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, including first-generation college students
  • Individuals with disabilities

For more information, contact: 


IMSD Program Office: Room 5140, 5th floor ISC

Rachel Skvirsky,  Co-director

Adán Colón-Carmona, Co-director