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.

GPILS Student Receives Prestigious Fellowship

Da’Kuawn Johnson, a PhD student in the GPILS' molecular microbiology & immunology program, has been awarded a prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Gilliam Fellowship. He is the first University of Maryland, Baltimore student to receive the award. Congratulations to Da’Kuawn and his advisor, Nicholas Carbonetti, PhD, for their outstanding research and commitment to equity and diversity in science. Learn more about the HHMI Gilliam Fellowship and other awardees.

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.