Since 2016 the IMSD Program at Rutgers New Brunswick has  provided mentoring and support to undergraduate students coming from underrepresented backgrounds in the biological/biomedical sciences.  Our program provides Rutgers undergraduate students coming form underrepresented backgrounds with a summer research experience. After successful application, students are matched with Rutgers Faculty to work on an independent research study for 8-weeks. 


We are currently looking for candidates for Summer 2021!

Program will run from June 7 - July 30. 

We are currently looking for talented undergraduate students who are from groups historically under-represented in the biological/biomedical sciences and low income communities and that are registered as full-time students at Rutgers University.  The Rutgers biological/biomedical science community offers many exciting opportunities for your undergraduate research, and we value and support a diverse community of scientists and scholars. Rutgers has breadth and depth in many areas, including: neuroscience, structural biology, genetics, basic molecular biology and biochemistry, biomedical engineering, cancer biology, immunology, virology, and nutritional sciences, among others.


What to expect? 

You will get hands-on training and experience in research in a supportive and mentored environment. The program will start on June 7, 2021. After 8 weeks of working with a mentor IMSD scholars are expected to present their research on July 29 at the Research  Intensive Summer Experience (RISE) Symposium. Participants will meet weekly with the program directors for a science communication seminar that will help you prepare for the symposium. Rutgers undergraduates who are accepted as IMSD Scholars are eligible for financial and mentoring support as they pursue research at Rutgers or elsewhere during the academic year. IMSD scholars will receive a $4,000 summer stipend.  Rutgers laboratories operate under general safety protocols and special protocols related to the pandemic; all students must comply with these protocols.


Am I elegible? 

Funded by the National Institutes of Health, IMSD trainees must be American citizens or Permanent Residents. In addition, we are guided by the NIH description of groups under-represented in biomedical sciences, including, but not limited to: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, natives of U.S. Pacific Islands, people with disabilities, and students from economically and/or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds.

We are also looking for rising juniors or seniors (we will consider rising sophomores as well) with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and that that have an interest in exploring whether biological/biomedical research might be in their future.


How to apply?  

To apply please visit the following link: https://go.rutgers.edu/l5n3u13j

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List of IMSD Undergraduate Alumni

2020 Cohort- During the summer of 2020, due to COVID-19, we offered a virtual research program. Our cohort researched the Polio epidemic of the 1950's in the United States. Meet our 2020 cohort in the following links: 

Sreyashi Gosh - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QlCt7vgf4o

Mariela Carrera - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJKNPcL0wZk&t=97s 

Justin Nam - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl1l7OaeaWE&t=25s

Alexis Oyediran- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmXAgHt2er4&t=7s

Juan Angel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HMNS0OSSdU

Eileen Zhu - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PW6L_fOgrVg&t=50s

Ava Dawn Aniboogu- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjeItqArEHE

Tiffany Perez - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_13WrWfPy6o&t=11s


2019 Cohort 

Simona Alomary - Cell Biology and Neuroscience

Gloria Awuku - Biological Sciences 

Diomara Camacho - Biological Sciences 

Jocelyn Dacquel - Biochemistry 

George Echevarria - Biological Sciences 

Elani Hillman - Genetics 

Lanette Mantle - Biological Sciences 

Rebecca Mulwa - Biological Sciences 

Justin Rodriguez - Cell Biology and Neuroscience

Luis Rodriguez-Mendoza - Biological Sciences 


2018 Cohort 

Alain Abonge Yufanyi - Biological Sciences 

Kia Ansine - Biological Sciences 

Shereen Bartholomnew - Chemistry 

Heineken Queen Daguplo - Biochemical Toxicology 

Noura Darwish - Biotechnology 

Nora Herzog - Cell Biology and Neuroscience

Darling Rojas - Biological Sciences 

Jessica Romero - Cell Biology and Neuroscience


2017 Cohort 

Zeiny Aubdoollah -Biomedical Engineering 

Immanuella Boah - Biological Sciences 

Chielozor Okafor - Biological Sciences 

Alyssa Rodriguez - Animal Sciences 

Kevin Guerrero - Exercise Science 

Kevin Nolasco - Cell Biology and Neuroscience

Natalie Samper - Cell Biology and Neuroscience

Ariadna Uribe - Cell Biology and Neuroscience


2016 Cohort 

Abdoulraouf Abdoulrouf - Cell Biology and Neuroscience

Carolyn Paz - Biological Sciences