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IMSD at UNC-Chapel Hill

The Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) is transitioning (from an educational research grant) to a training grant awarded to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health. The primary goal of this initiative is to strengthen research training environments and promote broader participation in the biomedical research workforce by supporting the development of biomedical PhD students, especially students from under-resourced backgrounds, and their successful transition to bioscience careers.  Our IMSD program provides graduate students with academic enrichment, a supportive community, and professional development opportunities that enhance success in their PhD training and make them highly competitive for the postdoctoral positions and scientific careers of their choice.

Through admission via the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program (BBSP), IMSD graduate students interested in pursuing a PhD in the biomedical sciences can select from over 300 research labs and 15 PhD programs to conduct their doctoral research. To learn more about the affiliated research centers and core facilities, please visit

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