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The IMSD PROGRAM at Northern Arizona University

National Institute of Health (NIH): "The main goal of the IMSD [Initiative Maximizing Student Diversity] program is to increase the number of students from groups underrepresented (UR) in the biomedical and behavioral sciences that graduate from Ph.D. programs in these fields at institutions with research-intensive environments."

The IMSD Program at Northern Arizona University (NAU):

  • seeks to improve retention, academic achievement and, ultimately, graduate school enrollment of underrepresented minority students in biomedical research fields.
  • pays a salary to undergraduates who participate in research in the labs of select faculty mentors from the departments of Biology, Chemistry and Engineering.
  • exposes students to issues and opportunities related to minority health disparities through a combination of research experience and coursework.


IMSD students are given the opportunity to conduct research in biology, chemistry, engineering.

Students gain the skills and tools needed to become professional scientists.