Biology Program

The Biology Program offers support to outstanding underrepresented and/or economically disadvantaged students entering doctoral programs in the biomedical sciences through the National Institutes of Health - Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (NIH-IMSD). The overall goal of this program is to diversify the biomedical research workforce.

During their first year as a Ph.D. student, each NIH-IMSD Fellow will receive a stipend for living expenses plus all tuition and student fees. This stipend will be provided in partnership with their graduate program. An additional four years of support will be available through a variety of resources including research assistantships, teaching assistantships, or other forms of graduate student support, assuming satisfactory progress is being made toward earning the Ph.D. degree.

The IMSD program builds connections between IMSD Fellows and other student and faculty colleagues in the life sciences. During a summer bridge program, which starts in August preceding the first year of graduate school, Fellows will spend seven weeks conducting research in the laboratory of a faculty member and meeting weekly as a group. A seminar class is taught during the academic year by a faculty member on the program's steering committee. It includes activities focused on enhancing scientific writing and oral presentation skills, instruction on computer and library search techniques, experimental design, and modern issues in biomedical sciences.

PI: Barbara Horwitz

Grant: R25 GM056765

Website: http://biosci.ucdavis.edu/academics/graduate-education/imsd.html