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Description of the IMSD Undergraduate Scholars Program

The IMSD Undergraduate Scholars Program at Virginia Tech was created to increase the number of historically underrepresented individuals in the biomedical and behavioral sciences and engineering. This program will help scholars in their pursuit of a Ph.D. and in their research careers by encouraging students to participate in independent research. IMSD undergraduate scholars have the opportunity to work in research labs at Virginia Tech during the school year and/or summer months. This program will help students learn basic lab skills, participate in data collection and data analysis while also taking valuable developmental and experimental courses. IMSD undergraduate scholars will also have the opportunity to give poster and oral presentations about their research at local and national conferences plus receive assistance with the graduate school application process. IMSD undergraduate scholars will benefit from a GRE preparation course while identifying and contacting potential mentors. The IMSD undergraduate scholars will also participate in a number of other enrichment activities. Financial support, will also be provided as scholars advance academically in their pursuit of a Ph.D. degree.

 

Program's Goals

  • Identify and train the next generation of research leaders and innovators in biomedical and behavioral sciences
  • Increase the number of underrepresented students in biomedical and behavioral science graduate programs
  • To impart rigorous academic preparation through career development activities and research opportunities
  • To help define career goals and research interests, while developing professional skills necessary to achieve their academic and professional ambitions

 

Benefits of IMSD Undergraduate Scholars Program 

  • Enrollment in the “Entering Research” 1 credit course course (if not already completed)
  • Attend IMSD/PREP forums to meet the IMSD/PREP community and learn about current research at Virginia Tech
  • Receive a fellowship of ~$600/month
  • Participate in research programs as well as receive assistance in identifying and applying to research opportunities
  • Graduate School Application fee waivers
  • Travel support to attend workshops or to present at a scientific meeting
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Description of PRE-IMSD

Underrepresented students, interested in becoming an IMSD undergraduate scholars are strongly encouraged, but not required, to learn about research by enrolling in PRE-IMSD during their freshman and sophomore years at VT. Although participation in PRE-IMSD is not required for the IMSD Undergraduate Scholars Program,  the opportunities offered by this part of the program will help students be well positioned to apply during spring of their sophomore year to become IMSD Undergraduate Scholars. 

PRE-IMSD Goals

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  • Identify and train the next generation of research leaders and innovators in biomedical and behavioral sciences
  • Increase the number of underrepresented students in biomedical and behavioral science graduate programs
  • To impart rigorous academic preparation through career development activities and research opportunities
  • To help define career goals and research interests, while developing professional skills necessary to achieve their academic and professional ambitions

 

Benefits of PRE-IMSD 

  • Enrollment in the “Entering Research” 1 credit course
  • Participation in PRE-IMSD sessions to learn about the IMSD program
  • Work with the IMSD Management to find an opportunity to observe and participate in a research lab to learn about the nature of biomedical or behavioral research
  • Travel scholarships for presenting at conferences
  • Help building your CV/Resume
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Attendance to IMSD/PREP forums to meet the IMSD/PREP community
  • Well positioned to apply during spring of their sophomore year to become IMSD Undergraduate Scholars.

 


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VT-IMSD Contact

 

  • Ed Smith, IMSD Program Director  Director
  • David Bevan, IMSD Program Co-Director
  • Alex Aning, IMSD Undergraduate Program Director
  • Anne McNabb, General Advisor and Ombudsperson
  • Leemar Thorpe, Program Manager
  • Regina Wallace, Program Assistant