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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Congratulations to IMSD scholars Alejandra Carrillo, Emily Casteen and Brianna Marsh on their KU Undergraduate Research Award!


Best wishes to our 2017 IMSD graduates!

Luis Avila – University of Notre Dame

Cedric Clark II – Cornell University

Ricardo Gonzalez- University of North Carolina PREP Program

Michael Long – Loyola University Chicago

Luanne Hale – University of Kansas

Kirsten Manion – Northwestern University

Nicholas Martinez – University of North Carolina


Congratulations to IMSD scholar Marilyn Barragan who was recently awarded the Barry M. Goldwater scholarship.  ​


Congratulations to IMSD scholar Kayla Wilson for her poster presentation award at the K-INBRE Symposium.




Congratulations to IMSD scholar Jessica van Loben Sels on her Oral Presentation Award at the 2016 K-INBRE Symposium!



Congratulations to IMSD scholar Jessica van Loben Sels and PLUS Peer Leader Jenny Stern who were the first KU recipients of the Astronaut Scholarship. ​



2015 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Taylor Broadhead 



2015 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship  

Kayla Sale



Kayla Wilson won a poster award for her poster entitled "Isolation, characterization and annotation of mycobacteriophages from soil samples around Lawrence, KS" at the 7th Annual Howard Hughes Medical Institute SEA-PHAGES Symposium.

IMSD Summer 2015 REU Fellows:

Hebron Kelecha -

Yale Summer Research Program (BioMed SURF) 



Cedric Clark 

Boyce Thompson Institute/Cornell​



Eder Davila-Contreras 

UCSF  RosettaCommons Summer Internship


IMSD students in the news:

Marcus Florez



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