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About the Program

The NIH-funded Emory Initiative to Maximize Student Development is a reflection of our commitment to increase the diversity of the scientific workforce.   As reflected by the Emory University Strategic Plan, we seek to “promote and celebrate diversity, build supportive infrastructure and spaces, provide competitive compensation programs, support interdisciplinary and collaborative activities, and nurture respect and accountability”.  Thus our goal is to nurture all students to become competitive applicants to, and successful graduates from, high-caliber Ph.D. programs in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.
 
The IMSD will implement a special two-year research and academic program for undergraduate scholars and new graduate fellows that is available to all students. The program will focus on multi-level mentoring, research integrity, and career preparation and planning, to foster competitive graduate school and postdoctoral applications. Stipend and travel award funding is available for students who are underrepresented (UR) in biomedical, clinical, behavioral, or natural sciences due to: race or ethnicity; disabilities; or socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds.  This Initiative will foster a community of scholars and become an integral part of our multilevel mentoring system. In addition, the new mentor development programs  will have a broader impact, establishing a nurturing culture of mentoring for the entire institution.
Program Email: imsd@emory.edu