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.