The Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD) at Vanderbilt University exists to increase the number of PhDs awarded to graduate students in biomedical research who are underrepresented in medicine. The program is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and has been in existence at Vanderbilt since 2000. Our approach is multi-faceted and emphasizes extensive and careful mentoring at all stages.
Students joining the Vanderbilt IMSD program typically enter our large first year Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP) in biomedical research which is composed of seven participating departments. Some IMSD students also enter the Quantitative and Chemical Biology Program , a smaller umbrella first year program that leads to students joining any of the above departments and programs as well as Chemistry and Physics after completing their first year.