Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) 

Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

Program Description 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. 

Program Benefits/Activities

  • Competitive stipend
  • Travel awards to conferences
  • Academic and professional development workshops, seminars
  • Supplemental advising and instruction
  • Pre-matriculation curriculum
  • Community of scholars 

Selection Criteria

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) 

Program Contacts:

Jim Skeath, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
Professor of Genetics

TOH_headshot.jpgDr. Tracey Hermanstyne
Instructor in Developmental Biology

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