Friday, January 9, 2015

Initiatives to Maximize Student Development (IMSD) and Pathways are looking for scholars

Dear STEM, we are recruiting for IMSD, Initiatives to Maximize Student Development, and our Pathways Scholar groups.  IMSD has been at UNM for 40 years (previously as MBRS) and I have run the program for the past 11 years.  In that time, we have graduated  40 PhD students at UNM and around the country and have about 50 students in graduate school (a few in medical and other professional schools) around the country.  Here is a map showing where our students and some IMSD students who are faculty or working in industry are located (I’m not totally done with the map)

IMSD is for STEM students who have an interest in getting a PHD.  We accept students in a wide range of disciplines related to biomedical research, including CS, Chem Eng, Math, Physics, etc.  We do our best to encourage IMSD students to grow their math and/or CS skills because these are powerful tools for their futures.  Students participate in a mentoring program and work in laboratories and are paid up to $12K per year (it’s actually slightly higher than that).  IMSD is a diversity program, so students are typically underrepresented minorities or low income (Pell-grant eligible).  IMSD students will have 2 more years until graduation.  Eligible students should contact Lupe Atencio: and look at our webpage:

Pathways is for freshmen, sophomores, and transfer students.  We have two Pathway Scholars classes (Tues and Wed at 4:30).  I started this 3.5 years ago because the IMSD mentoring program was working so well and I wanted to understand what our freshmen and transfer students were experiencing and see if the mentoring program could help strengthen them.  We focused on Native American students but welcomed anyone who could use what we have to offer.  Our current estimates are that our 6-year graduation rates for Native Americans will be about 60% higher than UNM’s rates (21%) and about 33% higher for Hispanics.   If you know students in your classes, your dorms, etc. who can use community, mentoring, introduction to how to thrive in an academic situation, financial and math survival skills,  and who could blossom by knowing what their majors should be and moving forward towards a career, please have them contact Lupe or me.

Have a great spring semester. 

Maggie Werner-Washburne (
Regents Professor
Biology Department 
University of New Mexico

PI – UNM Initiatives to Maximize Student Development

SACNAS, past president