Graduate and Health Professional Student Training Programs



The established framework for our success in recruiting and training diverse population of biomedical scientists is called our Coordinated plan for increasing the number of diverse populations in biomedical research. The plan includes a variety of programs that reach out to students from K-12, through college, and into graduate school and health care professions.

The overarching goal of the UNTHSC IMSD Program, sponsored by the National Institute Of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health, is to support the timely completion of Ph.D. degrees by underrepresented groups and their transition into successful biomedical careers. The project has three main objectives:

  •  Enhance the pool of underrepresented students that complete a Ph.D. and continue in biomedical research careers.
  • To ensure that at least 80% of Ph.D. students will complete the Ph.D. degree
  • Contribute to ongoing student and faculty efforts to reduce the gap in the completion of Ph.D. degrees between underrepresented students and those from other backgrounds in participating departments.

Through an endowment from the National Institutes of Health, MiHERO supports Ph.D. scholars, junior faculty development and scholarship for senior faculty.

Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) funded “Osteopathic Scholars in Cancer Research” (OSCR)  to support short term and dual degree research training for health professional students.


The NHLBI funded Promoting Diversity in Research Training (PDRT)  to support short term and dual degree research training for health professional students.

The mission of NRMN is to provide all trainees across the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences with evidence-based mentorship and professional development programming that emphasizes the benefits and challenges of diversity, inclusivity, and culture within mentoring relationships, and more broadly the research workforce