Initiative for Maximizing Student Development

The IMSD (Initiative for Maximizing Student Development) supports research training, mentoring and educational activities of new graduate students, with the goal of enhancing the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce.  It provides exposure to the biomedical and behavioral science community in a way that helps all students visualize future careers as well-trained, enthusiastic leaders in biomedical research who represent and will promote diversity in science.

Contact Person:
Laurie E. Risner, PhD
773-702-4722
lrisner1@peds.bsd.uchicago.edu

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Graduate Training Program in Breast Cancer Disparities

The overall goal of the program is for our students to receive a better understanding of disparities and to seek to eliminate disparities in breast cancer outcomes across population groups. To achieve this, the program choses fellows working in disparities research but also requires trainees to complete 10 hours/module in four modules. The modules include Clinical Engagement where trainees have the opportunity to shadow a clinician in University of Chicago breast cancer clinic and/or attend Breast Cancer Tumor Board meetings. There is Didactic Coursework that includes the course, CCTS40440: Health Disparities in Breast Cancer. They participate in Policy Engagement where trainees attend the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) volunteer training and ACS CAN Lobby Day in Springfield, Illinois. Lastly, trainees are involved in Community Engagement where trainees have the opportunity to volunteer with organizations such as the Chicago Metropolitan Breast Cancer TaskForce, the American Cancer Society as well as Susan G. Komen events.

Contact Person:
Michelle Domecki
mdomecki@medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu

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Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)

PREP is designed to provide mentoring, research skills, coursework and a positive learning environment to recent post-baccalaureate students, who intend to pursue a PhD degree in biomedical science.  This program is a unique opportunity in particular for students belonging to groups underrepresented in the biomedical or behavioral sciences as defined by NIH to strengthen their applications to PhD Programs nation-wide by conducting research as laboratory technicians for one year at the University of Chicago and by participating in diverse academic activities that will prepare them to be successful graduate students.

Contact Person:
Laurie E. Risner, PhD
773-702-4722
lrisner1@peds.bsd.uchicago.edu

For more information, click here.