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Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (UNC-IMSD)

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Academic Level:
Graduate Students (PhD)

UNC-IMSD is a NIH-funded educational research program with the goal of increasing the number of scientists from groups historically underrepresented (UR) in the biomedical sciences that attain PhDs in biomedical disciplines and continue on to successful scientific careers. We aim to provide our UR students with the individualized training, academic support, professional development, community, and mentorship they need to ensure timely graduation and become self-confident, highly competitive scientists.

All students pursuing PhDs in biomedical sciences are invited to participate in our IMSD program! Students are eligible for IMSD funding if they are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and members of groups historically underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. Thus, individuals with disabilities, from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups (Native Americans/Alaska Natives, Hispanic Americans, Hawaiian Natives/U.S. Pacific Islanders, and African Americans), and/or from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds are invited and encouraged to participate in our IMSD program.

Competitive Diversity Fellowships are available to first-year underrepresented students accepted into the BBSP. These collaborative awards between IMSD, T32 training programs, and the UNC School of Medicine provide 1-2 years of salary support and a travel award to attend a scientific conference and present scientific findings.
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Participating Institution(s):
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University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Lead)

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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Bioinformatics & Genomics
Genetics & Genomics
Molecular Biology
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Plant Sciences

Chemical Biology
Computational Biology
Medicinal Chemistry
Microbial Biology

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This program is funded by:
National Institute of Health (NIH)

Page last updated 2/16/2024
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