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Initiative for Maximizing Student Development

If you are interested in a career in biomedical research and are from an underrepresented population in the sciences, we encourage you to apply to the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development program. If accepted, we will support your progress toward your career goals through paid research experiences and other exciting programs.

The Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) program at ASU is funded by the National Institutes of Health. We offer up to two years in the program with the second year contingent upon satisfactory performance measured by GPA, progress toward your degree and mentor feedback.

The program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Undergraduate program

We are seeking strong applicants for positions in the undergraduate portion of the IMSD program. We invite you to apply today!

What are under-represented groups?

The IMSD program supports undergraduate students who fall into three categories:

  • Traditional ethnic groups, e.g. Hispanic, African-American, Native American and Native Hawaiian
  • Students who have registered a disability with the ASU Disability Resource Center
  • Financially disadvantaged

Note: We give preference to students who have a 3.0 GPA or higher, who have at least three semesters until graduation, and who are either very interested in or already engaged in undergraduate research at ASU.

Successful undergraduate applicants

If you are accepted into the IMSD program, you will receive:

  • An hourly wage for research participation
  • Mentoring and guidance
  • Travel stipend 
  • Peer support and enhanced network 
  • Summer program opportunities 

Required training

You are required to take an online course in conducting responsible research, as well as participate in a one credit seminar both fall and spring semesters. 

To apply, you must be:

  • A citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • From an underrepresented group in biomedical research
  • Pursuing an undergraduate degree in science, technology, engineering or math
  • Considering a career in research or biomedicine

Both you and your prospective mentor must apply, and both applications are available at imsd.asu.edu. We will review applications until all positions have been filled. To submit your application, find the appropriate email address on the application form.

Apply here


Email imsd@asu.edu. We look forward to seeing your application!

IMSD Program Leadership

Stuart Newfeld, Director, IMSD Undergraduate Program
Professor, School of Life Sciences

Ron Rutowski, Co-Associate Director, IMSD Undergraduate Program
Professor, School of Life Sciences

Wilson Francisco, Co- Associate Director, IMSD Undergraduate Program
Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Madhavi Chakravadhanula, IMSD Project Coordinator, (480) 965-7498