The IMSD program provides support for undergraduate students at KU who are interested in pursuing a career in biomedical research. Major components of the program include mentored student research experiences, enhancement programs in introductory science and math courses, and enrichment activities such as group seminars, faculty and peer mentoring, and travel to scientific meetings.

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  • IMSD scholar Marilyn Barragan was admitted into PhD programs at New York University and Northwestern University.
  • IMSD graduate Ricardo Gonzalez will join the PhD program in the Department of Pharmacy, Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in the fall of 2018.
  • IMSD graduate Katie Morales will join the PhD program in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Mayo Clinic, Florida Campus in the fall of 2018.
  • IMSD scholar Arielle Swopes will join the PhD program of the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, University of Kansas in the fall of 2018.
  • IMSD scholar Kayla Wilson was admitted at Yale University and Cornell University.  She has chosen to join the PhD program in Genetics, Genomics & Development at  Cornell University.

Awards and Recognition

  • IMSD scholars Alejandra Carrillo, Emily Casteen and Brianna Marsh received the 2018 University of Kansas Research Award.
  • IMSD scholar Brianna Marsh was nominated by the KU Office of Fellowships as a 2018 Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Scholar.  Winners will be announced later this year.
  • IMSD scholar Sofia de la O received a poster presentation award at the 2018 University of Kansas Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • IMSD scholar Alix Fisk was named the 2018 Newman Civic Fellow at the University of Kansas.
  • Two IMSD scholars, Alix Fisk and Emily Casteen, were selected to present at the 2018 Kansas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol in Topeka, Kansas.
  • Former IMSD scholar Julia Yang was recently awarded a 2018 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.  


Congratulations to IMSD scholar Arielle Swopes who won a poster presentation award at the 2017 ABRCMS National Conference in Phoeniz, AZ.



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