Initiative for Maximizing Student Development

If you are interested in a career in biomedical research and are from an underrepresented population in the sciences, we encourage you to apply to the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development program. If accepted, we will support your progress toward your career goals through paid research experiences and other exciting programs.

The Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) program at ASU is funded by the National Institutes of Health. We offer up to two years in the program with the second year contingent upon satisfactory performance measured by GPA, progress toward your degree and mentor feedback.

The program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

If you are accepted into the IMSD program, you will receive

  • An hourly wage for research participation
  • Mentoring and guidance
  • Travel stipend
  • Peer support and enhanced network
  • Summer program opportunities

Eligiblity Requirements

  • A citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • From an underrepresented group in biomedical research
  • Pursuing an undergraduate degree or a graduate degree in science, technology, engineering or math
  • Considering a career in research or biomedicine

Both you and your prospective mentor must apply. We will review applications until all positions have been filled. Select this link to learn more or submit your application.

What are under-represented groups?

The IMSD program supports undergraduate and graduate students who fall into two categories:

  • Traditional ethnic groups, e.g. Hispanic, African-American, Native American and Native Hawaiian
  • Students who have registered a disability with the ASU Disability Resource Center 

The IMSD program also supports undergraduates who are financially disadvantaged

Note: We give preference to students who have a 3.0 GPA or higher, and who are already engaged in research at ASU.

Required training

Graduate students are required to enroll in two courses about responsible conduct in research. Undergraduates are required to take an online course about conducting responsible research, as well as participate in a one credit seminar both fall and spring semesters.


Email madhavi.kalive@asu.edu. We look forward to seeing your application!

IMSD Program Leadership

Stuart Newfeld
IMSD Program Director, Professor and Faculty Leader - Cell and Molecular Biosciences, School of Life Sciences
stuart.newfeld@asu.edu | Website

Shelley Haydel
Undergraduate Program
 Director, Associate Professor, School of Life Sciences
Shelley.haydel@asu.edu | Website

Ronald Rutowski
Graduate Program
 Director, Emeritus Professor, School of Life Sciences
rrutowski@asu.edu | Website

Madhavi Chakravadhanula
Project Coordinator and Instructor, School of Life Sciences
madhavi.kalive@asu.edu |

Undergraduate Students

We are seeking strong applicants for positions in the undergraduate program. We invite you to apply today!