Pluripotent stem cells are undifferentiated cells that have the potential to differentiate into any cell type. Thus, stem cell research is one of the fastest growing segments within medicine and biotechnology.
The Bridges to Stem Cell Research (BSCR) program trains the next generation of undergraduate researchers to advance the field by learning the fundamental skills through a 7-month curriculum at CSUF. These students then complete a 12-month (Jan-Dec), full-time, paid internship at our partnering institutions: Stanford, UCI, and USC. California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) hopes for students trained in stem cell research to enter the workforce at all levels, including research technicians, PhD, MD, DDS, MBA, etc.
Biology students must be enrolled in (or have completed) BIOL 302 and either BIOL 303 or BIOL 309. Biochemistry students must be enrolled in (or have completed) CHEM 421 or CHEM 423. Successful candidates are likely to have a good GPA, be highly recommended by their instructors, and have demonstrable interest in stem cell biology. Prior research experience is not required to be accepted into this program.
To prepare ten undergraduate Stem Cell Scholars through hands-on research experience and a selected set of courses.