IMSD at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health
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This page provides general information on Columbia’s IMSD program.
The purpose of the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health is to develop a diverse research and scientific workforce in the biomedical and behavioral sciences with a focus on public health. The IMSD program offers activities designed to strengthen research skills and to facilitate the transition into research careers. These include:
● a seminar course that provides workshops on: scientific writing, techniques and coping strategies for success in graduate school, and research career and professional development
● research placements characterized by strong mentoring relationships with faculty members in the school of public health
● subsidized attendance at scientific conferences
Students in the IMSD program receive a Graduate Research Assistantship salary, tuition support, and travel funds to attend one scientific conference per year.
The IMSD program is designed for students with strong interests in pursuing research careers. Upon graduation, students who complete the IMSD program are expected to enter academic and research-oriented careers specializing in behavioral or biomedical science approaches to public health.
To be considered for funding by the IMSD program, students must be:
1. accepted for full-time enrollment in any of the research-focused doctoral programs of the Mailman School (i.e., DrPH or PhD programs in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences, or Sociomedical Sciences)
2. citizens or permanent residents of the United States, and
3. committed to developing a research workforce that includes members of groups who are underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.
Application forms and more information on the IMSD at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health
For more information, please see: Frequently Asked Questions
To request an application, or if you have additional questions, please contact:
Ana Abraído-Lanza, PhD
IMSD Program Director
Summer research opportunities for undergraduate students interested in Public Health
The IMSD program does not offer educational activities for undergraduates; however, several other summer programs are available to college students interested in public health research:
Biostatistics Enrichment Summer Training (BEST) Diversity Program
The Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP)
Program to Inspire Minority Undergraduates in Environmental Health Science Research (PrIMER)
IMSD programs are funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of
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Last updated February, 2017.