Who is eligible?

To be eligible for participation the KU IMSD program, you must...

  • be a full-time undergraduate student at KU,
  • be a U.S. citizen or legal resident, and
  • intend to attend graduate school in a science-related field.

Consistent with KU's Policy on Diversity of the Student Body, the purpose of the IMSD program is to achieve greater participation from students from underrepresented groups in the biomedical and behavioral research enterprise of this country; consequently, women, minorities, and members of other underrepresented groups (e.g., economically disadvantaged, first generation, etc.) are especially encouraged to apply.

If you have a question about your eligibility, please contact the IMSD program coordinator.

To maintain good standing in the program, you must...

  • maintain a 2.5 or greater cumulative GPA,
  • present your research at the ODST annual symposium,
  • enroll in a special seminar course offered by this program at least once per year,
  • continue to make progress toward your goal of going to graduate school, and
  • maintain a strong standing in continued collaboration with your research mentor.

Students' progress in the program will be reviewed every semester.

What are some of the activities that I will participate in as an IMSD student?

In addition to providing students with a mentored research experience and supplemental coursework, IMSD also provides personalized academic counseling, assistance selecting and applying to graduate programs, local presentation opportunities, travel support to attend national meetings, and other opportunities to enhance research and academic skills.

How do I select a mentor?

A mentor is a KU or KU affiliated faculty member who can provide a research lab for an IMSD student. Collaborative efforts between mentor and student serve to guide the research experience. Because your mentor shapes your research experience, the program coordinator is available to help you identify potential faculty mentors that fit your research interests and career goals. A list of relevant departmental websites is available here as a mentor search starting point.

If you are a faculty member that is interested in hosting an IMSD student in your laboratory, please contact the IMSD program coordinator.

Other questions?

For more information, please contact:

Lynn S. Villafuerte
Program Coordinator
1002A Haworth Hall
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045-7534


Best Wishes to the following IMSD Scholars who will be entering Ph.D. Programs in the Fall of 2013!

Lauren Beesley, Biostatistics Training in Cancer Research, Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Michigan.

Matthew Behymer, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of Kansas.

Kim Box, Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University.

Dagoberto Heredia, Department of Psychology, Texas A&M University, with support from a Diversity Graduate Fellowship.

Deena Rennerfeldt, Department of Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with support from an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.  

Rodolfo Torres, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, with support from an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and a Chancellor Scholarship.

Science Career Path

Science Career Path (SCP) is an online resource to help students learn more about graduate study and career opportunities in science and mathematics. This mentoring system contains videos with a variety of perspectives and advice to answer questions you might have in your own career path.

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