IMSD Program Overview
The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is committed to educating scientists from all segments of the U.S. population. Our impact on educating and training scientists from populations that have been traditionally under-represented in biomedical sciences has been greatly facilitated by funding from the National Institutes of Health. The National Institute of General Medical Sciences Initiative for Maximizing Student Development grant (GM56929, 1998-2024) has enhanced training for over 350 graduate students and 235 have received their Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. at Baylor College of Medicine.
Provide strategic leadership, administrative and academic structures to support the diversity of students and faculty underrepresented in science and medicine.
Enhance the intellectual life of the GSBS and the College by enabling a diversity of underrepresented graduates and faculty to undertake scholarly study, advance team-based science, and to prepare for and sustain a professional life. Strategic areas to fulfill the mission:
- Student experience – Ensure a diverse community of students underrepresented in science and medicine, optimize professional development opportunities, prepare students for a multiplicity of career paths, enable student flexibility, freedom, and independence in their academic and research experiences.
- Learning and Assessment – Promote excellence in learning by coordinating assessment initiatives and pursue partnerships and external funding opportunities to develop innovative structures in support of scholarly and professional development.
- Support of program, faculty, and staff – Coordinate the programs structure to strive for seamless, efficient, and aligned services that enable the programs to devote efforts and resources to support the diversity of students in their research, interdisciplinary collaborations, scholarship, and instruction.
- Visibility – Celebrate and promote the talents, team-based research, and leadership of IMSD participants at the College and beyond and inform the community of important trends and initiatives in higher education through internal and external communication.
The Initiative for Maximizing Student Development is an NIH-NIGMS (GM056929) funded program to support the success of graduate students who are underrepresented in science and medicine. We provide services and activities including academic support, professional development, social and community events and recruiting outreach, and have built a community of like-minded students, trainees, administrators, and faculty. The IMSD program funds students who are U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals or individuals lawfully admitted for permanent residency as listed below: View notice.
- Black or African American
- Hispanic or Latino
- American Indian or Alaska Native
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
- Individuals with Disabilities
- Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds
- Women in Math-intensive Research
- Sexual and Gender Minorities
Selection and Funding Support
Students do not apply for the IMSD fellowship. The GSBS graduate programs [e.g., Cancer & Cell Biology; Chemical, Physical & Structural Biology; Development, Disease Models & Therapeutics; Genetics & Genomics; Immunology & Microbiology; Neuroscience; Quantitative & Computational Biosciences] identify and nominate matriculating students who qualify for the fellowship. However, students may self-identify to their graduate program and/or the IMSD (firstname.lastname@example.org) during the application process to be considered for IMSD funding support. Selected students receive a 12-month stipend commensurate with GSBS guidelines.