Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD)
Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today
The IMSD program is designed to train the next generation of leaders in the biomedical sciences. The goal of the IMSD Scholars program at Washington University in St. Louis is to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who complete their PhD degrees in the biomedical sciences and enter careers in relevant fields. The IMSD provides a community for its scholars and an environment for open exchange with the program staff and other faculty and fellow students.
Travel awards to conferences
Academic and professional development workshops, seminars
Supplemental advising and instruction
Community of scholars
We utilize the free application system provided through the DBBS website. To ensure your consideration for the IMSD program you must:
Apply to the DBBS graduate programs online
Indicate your interest in the IMSD program
Have very strong letters of recommendation
Be a US citizen or Permanent Resident
Self identify as an underrepresented student (ethnic minority, socioeconomically disadvantaged, and/or learning/physically disabled)
Principal Investigators/Program Directors:
Cherilynn R. Shadding, Ph.D.
Director of Outreach, The Genome Institute
Jim Skeath, Ph.D.
Professor of Genetics