THE IMSD PROGRAM is designed to offer specific academic, cultural and social activities. Some of these activities will be completed in one academic quarter (10-12 weeks), some will continue throughout the academic year, and others may continue as long as the student is in graduate school.  Students begin in the summer.

Program Description

The IMSD (Initiative for Maximizing Student Development) supports research training, mentoring and educational activities of new graduate students, with the goal of enhancing the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce.  It provides exposure to the biomedical and behavioral science community in a way that helps all students visualize future careers as well-trained, enthusiastic leaders in biomedical research who represent and will promote diversity in science.

Supported by The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)


THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO is located seven miles south of the city center in the community of Hyde Park/Kenwood. The campus is bordered by two major parks and Lake Michigan. The University of Chicago campus consists of stately gothic buildings furnished with the latest scientific facilities.

THE CITY OF CHICAGO offers endless activities for entertainment and leisure — restaurants, sporting events, cultural events, & shopping for all tastes and budgets. Many students, staff and faculty live in the neighborhood of Hyde Park where the University of Chicago is located, and walk to campus.

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