• New Grant Extends IMSD Across All Sciences

    With a new $3.3 million federal grant, Brown University will the extend the Initiative to Maximize Student Development (IMSD) to its physical sciences, engineering and mathematics departments. The program has significantly increased the diversity of doctoral students in the life sciences and supported enhanced academic achievement among the students it serves.  The new five-year award from the National Institute for General Medical Sciences, along with new funding from the Office of the Provost at Brown, will more than double the scope of IMSD. The program will now support up to 20 doctoral students a year in 21 programs instead of just eight students in the Division of Biology and Medicine and the School of Public Health, said Andrew G. Campbell, who has co-directed IMSD since its inception a decade ago and became dean of the Graduate School last year. 

    Read more of David Orenstein's story about the extended Initiative to Maximize Student Development program.

  • IMSD Program Receives Renewed Funding

    The Brown University Initiative to Maximize Student Development (IMSD) Program has received a renewal of funding for an additional five years from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health. The recent renewal of the grant allows for the expansion of the current program from 8 supported PhD students a year to 12 students per year and also extends the program beyond the Division of Biomed and the School of Public Health. New programs that are part of IMSD include Chemistry, Cognitive, Linguistics & Psychological Sciences, Computer Science, Physics, Applied Mathematics, and the School of Engineering. The program, active since 2008, currently provides research training support for PhD students from U.S. underrepresented groups to increase participation within the fields of biomedical and behavioral research, fosters partnerships with minority-serving institutions, and provides research training modules to the entire STEM graduate student community to complement and the training experience and enhance trainee success.

  • Combatting Cancer

    IMSD doctoral candidate Hilary Nicholson (center) with Cheri Liu and faculty mentor Wayne Bowen study how the receptor sigma-2 may make cancer more vulnerable. Hilary presented an oral nanosymposium on her research at the Society for Neuroscience’s 2015 annual meeting. Read the full article here.