Students are expected to enter the program at least a year before their graduation. Those with less than one year left until graduation will only be accepted into the program under unusual circumstances.
If you are a community college transfer student, you must apply after you complete at least one SDSU semester as a full-time student.
To apply to the SDSU IMSD Program:
- Complete application. Read cover page instructions.
- Submit completed applications to GMCS 322C.
- All completed applications are reviewed by the IMSD Advisory Committee.
- Selected students from reviewed applications are invited for an interview.
- Advisory Committee recommends and appoints selected students after interviews.
- Students selected into the program will interview with their top 3 faculty mentors who match their research interests and then they are finally placed into a research laboratory.
Download the application:
- Download MBRS-IMSD Application Instructions (Adobe PDF)
- Download IMSD Application
- Download MBRS-IMSD Reference Form
Please note that you may not be able to save the PDF form if you do not have Adobe Acrobat Professional. We recommend the following:
1). Type your responses in Microsoft Word than copy and paste in your responses.
2). Use PDFescape.com and fill/save/email. Delete your information online after you email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE:UNTYPED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE REVIEWED
ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS
When is the IMSD Application Deadline?
- The IMSD Program has a rolling deadline, which means that we accept applications year-round.
- If a position should open up (a student graduating or requesting a leave of absence), only selected COMPLETED applications on file will be invited to interview.
- Students are encouraged to submit completed applications anytime .
- It is each student’s responsibility to follow up on his/her application status.
When should I apply?
- Sophomores, juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply if your goal is to earn a Ph.D. in a biomedical or behavioral science
What if I am not 100% sure I want to earn a Ph.D. in a biomedical or behavioral science?
- We encourage you to volunteer in a lab to gain experience before applying to the program.
- IMSD slots are highly competitive and students must be committed to applying directly to Ph.D. programs.
How many slots are available?
- The number of available slots depends on the budget and the number of students graduating in December or May.
What do you look for in a applicant?
- Commitment to apply directly to a Ph.D. program in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) field, biomedical field, or a behavioral science field
- Passion for science and research
- Commitment to the mission of the NIGMS, NIH, with a strong appreciation and understanding of diversity in science
- Commitment to mentoring and giving back to the program, campus and community now and in the future
- Strong work ethic and time management skills
How long can I be in the program?
- Students may be funded for 1-2 years, depending on when they enter the program and their timeline to apply to Ph.D. programs.
What majors are eligible to apply?
- All majors in the College of Engineering and College Sciences may apply, is undergraduate research and graduate degree program of interest if biomedically relevant.
- Students in the College of Health and Human Services may apply if their goal is to earn a Ph.D. in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Health Behavior or Speech Language Hearing Sciences.
Letters of Recommendation
- We recommend asking faculty or other persons who can evaluate your research potential, accomplishments, scholarship and commitment to obtaining a Ph.D degree.
- Letters may be e-mailed to email@example.com addressed to the “IMSD Selection Committee” OR hard copy may be mailed or delivered to our office.
- Print your unofficial transcript from the SDSU web portal.
- Send all official transcripts from other universities of colleges attended to our office at SDSU IMSD Office, College of Sciences, GMCS 322C, San Diego, CA 92182-1016.
Should I apply if I am slightly below a 3.0 grade point average?
- All students are recommended to apply, even if they do not meet the 3.0 grade point average minimum.
- Program activities are open to all students and our program may benefit students in various ways toward professional or scientific development.
Is the IMSD financial support considered a “stipend”?
- Students complete W-4 and receive W-2 forms.
- Students are considered salaried research assistants.
- IMSD support may decrease your financial aid. For questions about your financial aid, please contact or visit the SDSU Financial Aid Office in person.
How are students notified of acceptance?
- Students are notified by phone and/or email after the interviews.
Whom do I contact if I have questions?