About the IMSD Program:
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:
Please note that you may not be able to save as PDF form if you do not have Adobe Acrobat Professional.
UNTYPED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE REVIEWED.
We recommend the following:
- Type your responses in Microsoft Word than copy and paste in your responses.
- Use PDFescape.com and fill/save/email. Delete your information online after you email your application to email@example.com
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 reviewed.
- Students are encouraged to submit completed applications anytime .
- It is each student’s responsibility to follow up on his/her application status and letters of recommendation.
When should I apply?
- Freshmen and Sophomore level students apply to the Pre-IMSD Program (SEE PRE-IMSD PAGE)
- Juniors and Seniors apply for an IMSD position and fill out the application materials provided above
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 reserved for students committed to applying directly to Ph.D. programs in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) or behavioral sciences (psychology, public health, speech language hearing sciences).
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?
We want trainees who are:
- Committed to applying directly to a Ph.D. program in a biomedical/behavioral science;
- Passionate about science and research
- Commitment to the mission of the NIGMS, NIH, and a strong appreciation and understanding of diversity in the STEM and behavioral sciences disciplines
- Committed to mentoring and giving back to your community.
- Focused, mature, and have a strong work ethic and strong 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. On rare instances, students are funded for shorter or longer periods.
Who is eligible to apply?
- All majors in the College of Sciences and Engineering may apply, as long as your major and research has biomedical relevance.
- 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.
- Students must be U.S. citizens or non-citizen nationals or permanent residents and must be matriculated full-time in a baccalaureate degree program.
- The IMSD program is committed to increasing diversity in its trainee population and encourages students from underrepresented groups, looking to expand their education in the biomedical and behavioral research fields to apply
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and 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 unofficial transcripts from other universities of colleges attended to our office at :
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 – 3.3 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 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?
- Call 619-594-3744 .
- Email the SDSU IMSD Program Office at: email@example.com