Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD)

The Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) at Georgia State University is an undergraduate research education and training program grounded in Biology, Chemistry, Neuroscience, and Psychology. Funded through a grant from the National Institutes of Health, the goal of the IMSD program is to encourage students from underrepresented groups to pursue careers in biomedical research, starting with undergraduate research and moving directly into Master’s and Ph.D. programs in related fields. The IMSD program includes paid research assistantships, required research presentations, and professional development workshops. 

APPLY HERE:  2019 IMSD Research Program

DEADLINE: April 3, 2019 at 11:59 pm


·  Undergraduate, full-time, degree-seeking student at Georgia State University

·  Major in biology, chemistry, neuroscience, or psychology

·  Motivated to conduct research with a faculty member, although prior research experience is not required                                

·  Expected graduation year between 2021 and 2023

·  U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent resident

·  Individuals from demographic groups underrepresented in STEM fields are especially encouraged to apply (including those who identify as African American/African-descent/Black, Hispanic/Latino/Latina, Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian, or Native Alaskan, individuals with documented disabilities, students receiving Pell Grant financial aid, and/or first-generation college-bound students).

·  All applicants must be hard-working, collaborative, persistent, and curious, with high attention to detail and good time management skills. 



·  Full-time Research Assistantship from May 28, 2019 – August 7, 2019

·  $11.55 per hour, between 30 – 40 hours per week during Summer 2019 (10 weeks)

·  Option to request to renew assistantship for the academic year, between 5 – 15 hours per week during Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semester     

·  Ideally, all students will renew for two full years in the IMSD Program, if all program requirements are being met.




IMSD Research Orientation

· Required attendance at Research Orientation on April 22, 2019 from 9:30 – 11 AM at 55 Park Place, Suite 320

·  Led by Kyle Frantz, Ph.D. (Professor, Neuroscience), Chris Goode, Ph.D. (Undergraduate Director, Psychology), with guest instructors.

· Topics include Philosophy of Science, Experimental Design, Research Ethics, Lab Safety, Mentoring Up, and Scientific Communication


IMSD + Brains & Behavior Summer Workshops

·  Wednesdays from June 5 through July 31; 12:30 – 3:30 PM at 55 Park Place, Suite 320

·  Led by Kyle Frantz, Ph.D. and Elizabeth Weaver, M.S. (Education Specialist, Neuroscience), with guest instructors.

·  Topics include Getting into Graduate School, Efficiency Tips, Social Media, Emotional intelligence, and more.


Closing Research Symposium: August 7, 2019

· Judged poster presentations on summer research accomplishments



March 8 – Applications open
April 3 – Applications deadline
April 8 – Interviews
April 15 – Notification of program invitation
April 19 – Acceptance due
April 22 – Orientations
May 28 – Program launch
June – Professional development workshops
July – Professional development workshops
August 7 – Summer symposium


Apply here: 2019 IMSD Research Program

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