Eligibility: A student must meet the following criteria: 1) be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; 2) come from a socio-economically disadvantaged background (a disadvantaged background includes coming from an environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to enroll in higher education or living in a household with an annual income at or below established low-income thresholds according to family size published by the U.S. Census Bureau) or be from a group that is underrepresented in the biomedical sciences (African-American, Hispanic, American Indian, Native American, U.S. Pacific Islander), or have a demonstrated disability, and maintain a 3.0 and above GPA.
Qualifications: Freshmen, sophomores, or transfers, with little or no research experience and demonstrable interest in pursuing research as a career.
Process: Complete an online application.
Admission: Applications are first screened for eligibility by the IMSD Program Coordinator and evaluated by the Admissions Committee. Students are then selected depending on the availability of positions.
Stipends (Phase 2 only): Students can work in their mentor’s laboratory for up to 15 hours per week during the academic period and 40 hours per week during non-academic periods (breaks, summer). Students are paid at a rate of $14.5 per hour.
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