About IMSD

The IMSD program provides support for undergraduate students at KU who are interested in pursuing a career in biomedical research. Major components of the program include mentored student research experiences, enhancement programs in introductory science and math courses, and enrichment activities such as group seminars, faculty and peer mentoring, and travel to scientific meetings.


IMSD is designed to support a diverse group of KU students as they prepare for graduate study and, ultimately, careers in biomedical research. To prepare for participants for graduate study, IMSD provides participants with...

  • financial support,
  • an extensive mentored research experience with a KU faculty mentor,
  • personalized academic counseling,
  • curricular enhancements,
  • specialized seminars,
  • professional development opportunities,
  • presentation opportunities,
  • an allowance for travel to national meetings, and
  • access to laptops and calculators.


For questions or more information about the program, please contact the IMSD Prorgam Coordinator:

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

To contact other Office for Diversity in Science Training support staff or administration, please visit the ODST Contact page.


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.

Congratulations to our IMSD graduates Amen, Alix, Deanna, Maya, Marissa (not shown Anna G., Anna B. and Joshua) as… https://t.co/2KhRCOVwYv

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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