Application Process

"The purpose of the IMSD program is to enhance the ability of students to complete the Ph.D. and engage in biomedical and behavioral research, especially members of groups underrepresented in the current workforce. Underrepresented groups include those reported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as well as the National Academies to be underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences (i.e., African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Natives of US Pacific Islands and people with disabilities). Applicants may include and identify any other categories that institutional policies have determined to be underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research fields with a strong rationale, appropriate references and official validated documentation. Selection of program-supported participants should take into consideration whether the students' participation would help achieve the overall goals/objectives of the proposed institutional program and the IMSD goals. It is the responsibility of the applicant institution to establish the qualifications of students prior to their selection for the IMSD program,"- (

Along with the criteria from the NIH (above) applicants should also have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and have a desire to perform research. Students wishing to attend medical school with the intention of becoming an MD is not a priority of this program.

To apply to the MBRS Program you can click the link below and fill out the form. You can then email the completed form to or personally drop it off at the MBRS office at 304 Smith Hall. Once we have a completed application, which includes a personal statement, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation, we can then process your application. For undergraduates we can accept students any time during the semester. For doctoral students, we will make decisions by the first week in March for the spring semester and by the first week in September for the fall semester. 

If you have any questions please email Wendy Birbano at, or call 973-353-5772.

Click here for the application