IMSD students in a science writing workshop

The University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (UMB-IMSD) program was funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the National Institutes of Health to promote biomedical graduate students from historically underrepresented backgrounds.

The program provides an outstanding financial support package and a wide range of personal and career development workshops and retreats. It also gives students the opportunity to strengthen their foundational knowledge and skills through a six-week paid summer bridge program, research rotations, and writing workshops. For more information on student financial support and summer programs please visit the respective GPILS and PSC graduate programs. 

UMB-IMSD graduate fellows benefit from a close-knit support group of faculty mentors, staff, and peer students. There are currently 50 PhD students from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in the UMB-IMSD program.

Logo for JUST-B, a Biophysical Society initiative
JUST-B Seminar Series

Two members of the PhD in PSC program, Juliet Obi and Raquel Shortt, PhD, will present their work at the JUST-B seminar series on Sept. 12. JUST-B is an initiative within the Biophysical Society to promote underrepresented and underserved scientists. Registration is free. 

History of the UMB-IMSD program

The UMB-IMSD program enjoys a long-standing partnership with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s (UMBC) Meyerhoff Graduate Fellows Program, which began in 1996 and was continuously supported by a Minority Biomedical Research Support-IMSD grant until 2022. The UMB-IMSD program will continue to engage in activities with the UMBC Meyerhoff Program, which is now supported by a Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (G-RISE) T32 grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the National Institutes of Health.