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The MBRS – Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) program is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

Grant #:  5R25GM058906-12

The SDSU Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Program (previously named the Minority Biomedical Research Support [MBRS] Program) – is an intensive undergraduate research training program which prepares students for direct entry into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)or behavioral science Ph.D. programs. In 2008, the MBRS IMSD Program was awarded a 4-year grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to continue supporting undergraduates. We are pleased to announce we have received another five years of funding (2017-2022).

The NIGMS mission is to improve the participation of historically underrepresented students in the sciences and increase the number of underrepresented students who matriculate directly to a Ph.D. program. Although this is the primary goal of the program, we encourage all students to apply, as the MBRS IMSD Program offers several benefits to help students succeed and prepare for graduate school.

At present, many SDSU alumni are enrolled in Ph.D. programs nationwide and many more have earned a Ph.D. in a biomedical science. Those alumni who have completed their Ph.D. are currently postdoctoral fellows, professors or employed elsewhere in the scientific work force.

Is your goal to enter a Ph.D. program directly after you complete your undergraduate studies? Are you passionate about research? Do you understand the importance of mentoring and value diversity in science?

If you answered yes to all of the above, we encourage you to apply.