Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD)


The Baylor College of Medicine Graduate School for Biomedical Sciences is committed to educating scientists from all segments of the U.S. population. Our impact on educating and training scientists from populations that have been traditionally under-represented in the sciences, has been greatly facilitated by grants from the National Institutes of Health. Several $2 million MBRS grants (GM56929), awarded from 1998-2019, from National Institute for General Medical Sciences provide resources that help optimize Ph.D. student success.

This program offers comprehensive, individualized education.

Ph.D. student stipends are funded by a wide range of mechanisms:

  • Competitive graduate stipends / fellowships for all Ph.D. students for duration of enrollment
  • Cutting-edge research projects
  • Ph.D. student summer bridge program with individual preparation for success
  • Continually updated literature based courses
  • Seminars by internationally recognized scientists and under-represented Scientist Seminar Series
  • Monthly Association for Graduate Student Diversity (AGSD) activities
  • "Thriving, Not Just Surviving as a Scientist " Skills Building Workshops
  • National conference opportunities and the Graduate Student Symposium
  • Career Day, Resource Center, and community outreach programs
  • No tuition payment by student, as well as personal health insurance paid by Baylor

About the IMSD


The NIH Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) grant (1998-2019) to Baylor has enhanced Ph.D. training for under-represented students. There are 80 under-represented students in Ph.D. and M.D. / Ph.D. programs, as well as more than 90 Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. alumni. Under-represented Ph.D. and/or M.D./ Ph.D. students have been enrolled in all Ph.D. programs at the College. Baylor College of Medicine advances diversity and inclusion to accomplish our institutional mission for setting standards of excellence in training biomedical scientists and by promoting scientific innovation.


IMSD Alumni Outcomes


Our alumni have been appointed to leadership positions in academia and industry across the country. Their accomplishments include (but are not limited to): faculty positions at Baylor College of Medicine, Duke University, Harvard University, Houston Baptist University, Johns Hopkins University, UT Southwestern Medical School, the Universities of Kentucky, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and Utah, as well as Stanford University and Yale University. They are also employed at biotechnology or pharmaceutical firms in Alabama, Arizona, California, Kentucky, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. We even have students studying science public policy at the State Department, students working in patents, technology transfer, and grants manager. One of our alumni is now a Program Director at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).

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