Please note: The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will now be called "UT Health San Antonio."

Initiative on Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) program

The Initiative on Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) program is a National Institute of Health student development program to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups in biomedical research at research-intensive environments. 

"Around 2010, we looked at the data and only 12 percent of our students were underrepresented, and we also saw that when we brought in underrepresented students, 40 percent would leave after the first year and 60 percent would take longer than their peers to graduate," said Dr. Nicquet Blake, associate dean for admissions and student affairs at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and principal investigator of the IMSD grant. 

After the launch of IMSD, we have seen tremendous changes. 

"Our data shows that now our students are graduating at the same rate as their peers and now 27 percent of students are from underrepresented groups," Dr. Blake said. 

IMSD News

MENTOR DAY RECOGNIZES MENTORS FROM THE IMSD PROGRAM

The Initiative on Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) program held a “IMSD Mentor Appreciation Lunch”  to celebrate the importance of mentor relationships in helping students succeed.




Dr. NICQUET BLAKE RECEIVES DIVERSITYFIRST LEADERSHIP AWARD

Dr. Nicquet Blake, associate dean for admissions and student affairs at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, was recently selected as an Individual DiversityFIRST™ Leadership Award winner. 




 THE ABILITY OF OPPORTUNITY AND ENVIRONMENT TO TRANSFORM FUTURES

Amanda Muñoz writes about the impact of the Initiative on Maximizing Student Development grant on helping her towards her goal of achieving a doctoral degree.




HOMEMADE MICROSCOPES AND GLOWING GERMS AT CAFE COLLEGE

IMSD graduate student Frank Herkules helped coordinate a outreach event with Café College,   resource center created by the city of San Antonio and the San Antonio Education Partnership to assist students in pursuing higher education goals.




IMSD STUDENTS RECOGNIZED AT FIRST PHD CANDIDACY CEREMONY

Nine students part of the Initiative on Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) program were recognized at the graduate school’s first Ph.D. Candidacy Ceremony at the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute.

 



EXPLORING SCIENCE THROUGH HOUSEHOLD MATERIALS

The Initiative on Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) students visited three fifth grade science classrooms at Booker T. Washington Elementary School to show students how to extract DNA, simulate a concussion, and see germs using household materials.



Q&A WITH PHILLIP WEBSTER: FRIENDS, FUN & GRAD SCHOOL

Phillip Webster writes about the impact of the Initiative on Maximizing Student Development grant in helping make friends in graduate school. 




BRINGING SCIENCE TO CHILDREN WITH HEARING LOSS

A group of graduate students volunteered at Sunshine Cottage School, a school for children with hearing loss, to teach ‪‎science.




ELEMENTARY MAD SCIENTISTS

The Initiative on Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) students visited fifty-seven fortunate fourth graders at Five Palms Elementary School to learn the importance of a p53 gene or the composition of their genetic makeup.




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