The IMSD program at Brown titled "Advancing the culture of PhD learning and scholarship in Biology and Health Sciences" provides research training support for students in underrepresented groups to significantly increase the participation of these groups within the fields of biomedical and behavioral research. The program is funded by grant R25GM083270 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health since April 2008.
Our IMSD program strives for Community, Collaboration, and Excellence in an innovative interactive learning environment. Participants are identified from incoming and early stage PhD cohorts spanning 24 graduate programs across the University. Each student receives a unique advising plan and support structure, continuing throughout their graduate career at Brown. Students participate in skill- based training modules that are designed to foster academic achievement and personal success in graduate school. These training modules focus on areas such as 'scientific writing', 'demystifying the PhD experience', 'statistical analysis of data' and 'designing and delivering scientific presentations'; areas that may not have been fully developed at undergraduate institutions. These modules are open to other graduate students, as necessary, to not only enhance the training environment of the direct participants, but also to impact the entire Graduate community.
Brown's IMSD program has also established formal partnerships with several Minority-Serving Institutions to encourage and increase opportunities for minority students in biology and public health graduate training fields and to promote graduate student development across the Brown campus. Through these multiple strategies, the IMSD program seeks to build leverage in order to achieve success with participants reaching their full potential at the end of their graduate career.