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Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD)



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