Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Programs and Events


Programs and events that support IMSD student success and community.



  • National Research Mentoring Network – NRMN-trained facilitators lead mentee training workshops on barriers to effective communication, sticky situations, and coping efficacy for IMSD trainees
  • IMSD Interest Groups
  • Peer Mentoring – mentoring from upper-level UR graduate students organized by Association for Graduate Student Diversity
  • Academic Preparation – summer molecular and cellular biology refresher course and tutoring for graduate program-specific courses from upper-level graduate students
  • Scientific Writing Workshop and Fellowship Application Support – interactive writing short course and one-on-one consultations for fellowship application  (National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program; National Research Service Award to Promote Diversity in Health Related Research)


  • IMSD Lunch and Learn – (One-Two per term, starting in August)
  • IMSD Holiday Party – November
  • IMSD-sponsored Speakers – One-Two per year
  • Participate in Community outreach activities – Saturday Morning Science workshops and activities for UR middle and high school students, and the Institutional initiative Baylor COATS for Excellence and Equity
  • IMSD Science Ambassador Program – IMSD volunteers discuss graduate school experiences and/or present their research to undergraduates
  • Travel to a Scientific Meeting – within the first three years of matriculation (IMSD grant-funded students only)