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Date:11/1/2012

que research opportunities for undergraduate students.

Students apply directly to Ph.D. programs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics as well as psychology, public health and speech language and hearing sciences.

Since 1992, the program has provided financial assistance to student researchers with diverse backgrounds. Many are first-generation college students, minorities or female students studying in a male-dominated science field.

Student to career

SDSU senior psychology major, Kristen Frosio, is Native-American and a first-generation college student. Frosio's support from the program has afforded her the opportunity to focus on research and field experience instead of working to make ends meet.

"This year I will have presented at three national conferences, submitted a manuscript for publication and helped to develop a new clinical tool," Frosio said. "My mentor, SDSU psychology professor Nader Amir, has been critical in advancing my education and career."

More than 50 faculty members conducting top research in their fields at SDSU have committed to mentor students in the program.

Thirty SDSU alumni who graduated from the program have gone on to complete a Ph.D., one of whom earned a M.D/Ph.D. Other graduates have completed master's degrees, are post-doctoral fellows and are teaching or employed in the biomedical and behavioral sciences around the world.

Becoming an IMSD scholar

The Biomedical Exploratory Program, newly funded under the grant, introduces freshman and sophomore students from underrepresented groups to the research program. BEP scholars become highly competitive applicants for a junior and senior-level program-funded position.

Application to the IMSD and BEP programs are open to all majors in the Colleges of Sciences and Engineering who are interested in biomedical research.

Students in the College of Health and
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Contact: Natalia Van Stralen
Natalia.vanstralen@sdsu.edu
619-594-2585
San Diego State University
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