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IMSD at UNC-Chapel Hill

The Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) is an educational research grant awarded to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institutes of Health (NIH). The primary goal of this initiative is to increase the number of students from populations historically underrepresented in the biomedical sciences that attain PhDs and successful bioscience careers.  Our IMSD program provides graduate students with the professional development opportunities, academic support, and a community which enhance success in their PhD programs 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 14 PhD programs to conduct their doctoral research. To learn more about the affiliated research centers and core facilities, please visit

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