Benefits of the IMSD Program

Financial Support

Weill Cornell IMSD fellows are fully supported by the IMSD program in years 1 and 2 of their graduate training and partially supported by IMSD in years 3 and 4. In subsequent years, students are supported in full through their labs and graduate programs.

Early Start Program and Summer Rotation

First-year IMSD Fellows start at Weill Cornell in the summer (July 1) prior to their first semester to conduct an 8-week, summer research rotation in the laboratory of an IMSD faculty member. The early start program (ESP) allows for a smooth transition to Weill Cornell while securing housing, adjusting to the city, and participating in programming that helps to elucidate what to expect in the fall.

The focus areas of the ESP programming fall into three categories: Community Building, Academic Development, and Professional Development. IMSD Fellows participate in weekly meetings, professional development workshops, and social outings. By the end of the ESP, student participants will have formed a strong sense of community and feel more equipped to address their academic and professional endeavors as a collective and supportive network.

Conference Travel Funding: 

IMSD Fellows are eligible to travel to one national meeting during their second year. The goal of this opportunity is to facilitate cultural and scientific integration. In addition, these trips will provide opportunities for the student to network with potential research collaborators and stay abreast of national trends.

Multiple Mentorship:

IMSD fellows will receive mentorship from multiple sources: IMSD Faculty Mentors and IMSD Coaches. Much like an actual coach, IMSD Coaches will be expected to help students navigate graduate training. Coaches are not research mentors. Rather, they provide complementary focus and expertise to help fellows excel. Coaches will be especially skilled in helping fellows acknowledge and address some of the extra barriers underrepresented scientists face. IMSD Coaches will include senior postdocs, alumni, faculty, and professionals in sectors such as academia, industry/for-profit, and non-profit. All Coaches are based in the NYC area to allow for easy access and in-person mentorship.

Social Outings and the Esprit de Corps Community:

As a part of the Weill Cornell IMSD, fellows will be integrated in the Esprit de Corps Program, a community-building program for 1st-year PhD students from diverse backgrounds. Esprit de Corps hosts monthly workshops and social events such as dinners, bowling, game nights, and mixers.

Career Development and Leadership Training:

IMSD Fellows receive personal career counseling in all years of their training, along with leadership development training in their senior years in preparation for the post-PhD workforce.

IMSD fellows are expected to participate in all required IMSD activities.

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