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Undergraduate Initiatives

The Division of Biological Sciences is a community that welcomes every student. Find out how you can get involved with diversity as an undergrad.

Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD)

The IMSD program was established in 2008 at UCSD and is funded by the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS).

Its goal is to motivate, mentor, and facilitate the transition of students from disadvantaged economic and social backgrounds and students with disabilities from college education to Ph.D. programs in the sciences.

It is composed of three consecutive phases starting with training during the first years of a student’s college education, followed by hands-on research experience, and ending with the awarding of a Ph.D. degree in biomedical sciences.

Diversity Requirement

All incoming freshmen and transfer students must fulfill a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion requirement (DEI). The Academic Senate Educational Policy Committee (EPC) has approved a list of courses to meet the requirement. Check with your college's academic advising office for more information.

A standing Senate Committee on the College Diversity Requirement is charged to make ongoing recommendations to EPC about current and new courses, establish guidelines about course creation, monitor course availability, and periodically evaluate the effectiveness of the requirement. The Committee ensures that departments understand the need for appropriate teaching assistant training, and identify and disseminate best practices.

Intergroup Dialogue and other Teaching Initiatives