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  • Brown Initiative to Maximize Student Development (IMSD)

    Dedicated to ensuring that its scholarly community is enriched by individuals, who, through their different races and ethnicities, nationalities, gender identities, age, abilities, political beliefs, spiritual beliefs, economic status, and sexual orientation, contribute to an intellectually challenging and inclusive educational environment.

  • Training Modules

    IMSD hosted modules are specifically designed to address gaps, and build skills that may not be readily addressed in the classroom or laboratory. Our faculty-led modules are complimentary to students' discipline-specific training, helping to build confident, successful, and well-rounded graduates.

  • Professional Development

    The IMSD@Brown program offers our supported graduate students additional tools for success in professional settings. Support for national conferences and networking opportunities provide students with access to collaborations, professional development and peer learning.

  • Mentoring for Success

    Through mentor training, enhaced advising and campus-wide collaborations, we work to partner with professionals beyond the Brown community to support our student trainees. We work to assemble the set of tools necessary to produce the next cohort of successful professionals.

  • Community

    Through community building events, IMSD offers a space where students share their experiences, growth and accomplishments. Our student and community centered meetings serve as a place of support and peer learning.

The goal of the IMSD program at Brown is to develop a diverse pool of scientists earning a Ph.D., who have the skills to successfully transition into careers in the biomedical and STEM research workforce. The IMSD is an educational grant awarded to Brown from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences within the NIH beginning in 2008.

The IMSD program at Brown provides graduate students with professional development opportunities, academic support, and a community which enhances success in their PhD programs and makes them highly competitive for the postdoctoral positions and scientific careers of their choice.  IMSD at Brown partners with 24 graduate programs in STEM fields. Dean Andrew G. Campbell and Dean Beth Harrington are co-PIs on this grant.


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