Thank you for your interest in the Bridges to Stem Cell Research (BSCR) program! Stem cell biology is one of the fastest growing areas of biomedical and biotechnology fields. The BSCR program provides an excellent opportunity for students aspiring to incorporate stem cell biology into their careers. The BSCR program aims to provide the students accepted into this program (BSCR Scholars) with many skills necessary for a successful internship at one of our collaborating institutions. The BSCR program requires full-time commitment from May 28th, 2019, through December 22nd, 2020. Please review the BSCR program Summary and Timeline carefully (all items on those lists are required by CIRM).


This program can only accept CSUF undergraduate students who will have completed (or are currently enrolled in) at least one of the following courses: BIOL 302, BIOL 303, BIOL 309 or CHEM 421. The BSCR curriculum is closely aligned with Cellular and Developmental Biology and Molecular and Biotechnology concentrations.

Financial benefits of the program: 

BSCR Scholars will be provided with a tuition waiver up to $3,500 for Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters, and a monthly stipend of $2,500/month during their 12-month internship in 2020 ($30,000 total stipend). Depending on your student status the stipend may affect your Financial Aid and Income Tax liability.

Application process:

Application must be completed by midnight on April 7th, 2019, using the following online form: BSCR 2019 Application. Since certain responses are mandatory and required to proceed to the next page of the application, we recommend that you review the BSCR_2019_Application_questions and gather the necessary information prior to starting. You can stop and start the application from the same spot you left off, provided that you use the same computer. Faculty members writing recommendation letters can either (i) email the letter to the BSCR Program Coordinator at, or (ii) if they are a faculty member in the CSUF's College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, they can email to receive a fillable form.

Evaluation process:

The applicant's Titan Degree Audit (TDA) will be downloaded from the CSUF portal. Prospective applicants will be invited for an interview by email (by 4/10/19), and interviews will be scheduled between April 15th and 30th, 2019. The applicants selected as BSCR Scholars will be notified by May 1st, 2019. The Scholars will start their pre-internship training at CSUF on May 28th, 2019. All students joining the program must make sure that their graduation date is after November, 2020.
Link to BSCR 2019 Application: