Headshot of IMSD scholars at NIGMS BoothHow can you benefit from participating in the SDSUĀ  IMSD program?

The IMSD Program is a structured research training program that provides year-round academic and professional development activities. IMSD scholars increase their competitiveness for entering directly into Ph.D. programs.


Student benefits include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Assistance on research laboratory placements
  • Year-round financial assistance for your research development. Undergraduates are paid 15-20 hours/week during the academic semesters, and up to 30 hours/week over the summer (depending on the budget)
  • Year round research and academic mentoring
  • Connection to graduate program and other research opportunities
  • Travel funds to present at local, and national conferences in your field
  • Laboratory training supplies
  • Networking with faculty, staff and other science students
  • Link to other honors or award opportunities
  • Graduate program application development: personal statement workshops; feedback on personal statement drafts
  • Resume/curriculum development feedback by faculty and peers
  • Technical and scientific writing skills development
  • Participation in scientific seminars
  • Presentation opportunities (local and national)
  • Ph.D. panels to network with current graduate students
  • Pre-doctoral fellowship writing workshops
  • Ethics in biomedical research training
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Review Course and GRE practice books and preparation
  • Academic enrichment/tutoring
  • Professional public speaking workshops and coaching
  • Exposure to scientists in your field of interest
  • Connection to other pre-doctoral funding mechanisms (how to be funded as a Ph.D. student)