PRE-IMSD Program



The Pre-IMSD program (previously the BEP Program) introduces undergraduates to research, laboratory techniques, pre-graduate school planning and resources, and mentors students year-round to increase their competitiveness for graduate school in the biomedical/behavioral sciences.

Pre-IMSD scholars will be highly competitive to apply for a junior/senior IMSD Program funded position.

Pre-IMSD positions are available to support students over the summer and the academic year to gain hands-on research training and pre-graduate school mentoring.

Pre-IMSD Scholars will be considered for the IMSD Program upon completing 1-2 semesters as a Pre-IMSD Scholar successfully.


  • Freshman- or sophomore-level students majoring in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields) and behavioral science areas, with at least one semester of SDSU STEM grades on their SDSU DAR.
  • Eligible Majors: biology, chemistry, biochemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, health science, mathematics, physics/astronomy, psychology, public health, speech language hearing science, statistics.
  • Students who have a strong commitment to apply to doctoral programs in the biomedical/behavioral sciences.
  • Students who are passionate about science and interested in gaining research experience to prepare for graduate school (Ph.D.)
  • Note: Funded positions are not open to pre-professional health students whose goals are to earn a Pharm D, Medical Degree, Dental Degree, etc. However, if you are interested in applying to Ph.D. programs in Pharmaceutical Science, Kinesiology, or the M.D./Ph.D. program, you may apply.
  • Pre-M.D./Ph.D students: If you are seeking a medical-scientist (M.D./Ph.D.) degree, please keep in mind that you must demonstrate a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and your first priority must be the Ph.D. degree.


  • Minimum of 3.0 grade point average, however, we encourage all students to apply


All Pre-IMSD Scholars must:

  • Work a minimum of 10 hours/week over the summer months
  • Work a minimum of 5 hours/week over the fall and spring semesters
  • Attend all IMSD activities, seminars, workshops, as directed by the program (attendance is enforced)
  • Meet with assigned IMSD scholars as directed by program. Each Pre-IMSD scholar will be matched with a peer mentor (a senior IMSD scholar on track to apply directly to Ph.D. programs).
  • Prepare for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) throughout their Pre-IMSD appointment
  • Note: Once Pre-IMSD students are selected and matched with a faculty mentor, laboratory schedules are determined by the faculty mentor and Pre-IMSD student. Lab schedules are flexible to accommodate courses over the summer and the academic year.


  • Completed applications must be emailed to Brittnie Bloom ( or delivered to GMCS 322C.
  • Applicants should investigate and study the research areas of faculty mentors that match their areas of interest and list five (5) faculty members on their application. Note: It is HIGHLY recommended that all BEP applicants email their top 3 faculty members and inform them that they are applying to the Pre-IMSD Program, schedule a meeting, and learn about the research in their laboratory.
  • Complete applications will be reviewed.
  • Selected applicants will be invited to interview.
  • All Pre-IMSD Scholars will receive help to meet faculty members and students in their laboratories of interest.


All Pre-IMSD questions should be directed to:

Brittnie Bloom
Phone: 619-594-3744