The 2010-2016 California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Bridges to Stem Cell Research program is a government funded program aimed to broaden the participation in stem cell research by individuals representing the diversity of California's population.
CSUSB in collaboration with Riverside Community College and San Bernardino Valley College has developed a quality stem cell education program.. The program goals will be: 1) to provide comprehensive stem cell training and research opportunities for qualified students through internship placement at City of Hope, UCR and USC/Children's Hospital stem cell laboratories; and 2) to give our large, ethnically diverse student populations a basic understanding of stem cell research through curriculum offerings.
The internship program will be integrated into the students' undergraduate BS (BS) or graduate (MS) programs. Ten undergraduate and 2 graduate students per year will be selected to participate in the stem cell research internships during the 6 year duration of this grant. Interns will be selected by the Advisory Board. The internship duration will be 6 months for BS and 12 months for MS students.
Prospective students must take three upper division courses (BIO 300, BIO 400 and a newly offered Cell and Tissue Culture Techniques course) so that they gain thorough understanding of the principles of molecular and cellular biology, have familiarity with molecular manipulation techniques, and experience with basic cell culture techniques. Candidates must earn at least a 'B' in all three courses and have a 3.0 GPA. All interns will also participate in a 1-week Stem Cell Techniques Training course at the UCR CIRM Shared Research Laboratory prior to starting their internships. The interns will be assigned both a research mentor from the institution in which they will be doing their stem cell research and a CSU faculty mentor to guide them during their internships. Upon completion of their internships, interns will give talks at the Biology Colloquium that takes place every end of a quarter and present a poster at the annual CIRM Bridges Conference that takes place every July in San Francisco.
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