Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD) is a series of innovative services and support mechanisms which will dramatically increase the ability of our biomedical graduate programs to attract, retain, and promote the success of under-represented minority students. IMSD Program’s goals are:
- To provide early exposure to the health sciences and rigorous academic preparation for under-represented entering students interested in science and engineering.
- To increase the retention rates of under-represented undergraduate students in science and engineering and to prepare them for application to biomedical graduate programs through sustained academic support, career development activities and research opportunities.
- To assure the retention, success and career development of under-represented students in biomedical science graduate programs.
- To provide information, counsel, and technical assistance to departmental faculty administrators, and advisors on effective practices and policies that promote student success/retention and will ultimately increase the number of under-represented students in biomedical science graduate programs.
Core Services Offered
IMSD Undergraduate Programs includes:
- “Boot Camp” for incoming freshmen
- Introductory preparatory coursework in science, mathematics, and writing
- “Survival” seminar in academic and study skills
- Academic advising and counseling
- Tutorial assistance
- Study groups and course clustering
- Freshman and sophomore seminar classes
- Summer research teaching laboratory course
- Mentored research opportunities
- GRE preparation courses
- Enrichment and social activities
- Travel funds for national conferences
- Peer mentor match
Related UW Entities
School of Medicine: Department of Microbiology
Office of Minority Affairs