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Frequently asked questions:

  1. When will my application be reviewed? The applications are reviewed by the selection committee at the end of January. The selection committee consists of representatives from each of the three participating campuses: CSUSM, San Diego Miramar and MiraCosta Colleges, a current Bridges intern and a representative for industry. The selection committee will be informing students of their status by mid February.
  2. How will I be trained to perform stem cell research? Each selected student will participate in a Stem Cell Techniques Course held at Thermo Fisher Scientific. This course will provide the theoretical and practical fundamentals to initiate the internship experience. During the 12-month internship, the student will be completely immersed in stem cell research.
  3. Where will I be placed for the 12-month internship? Each of the selected students will interview with interested labs (up to 5 labs). There are 51 labs that conduct stem cell research, which have expressed interest in hosting students in the program. These labs are located the University of California-San Diego, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, The Scripps Research Institute, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, Thermo Fisher Scientific and other biotechnology companies in the area.
  4. What is the stipend and how much of my tuition and fees are covered by this program? Students will be expected to work full-time as interns in their laboratories. They will also be enrolled as full-time students in an internship course specifically for Bridges interns.  Students will receive $2,500 per month as a stipend and up to $7,000 to cover Tuition and Fees.
  5. How do I submit my application and recommendation letters?  Submit the online application. For the recommendation letters, ask your references to email a scanned version of the signed letter or mail their letters to Courtney Dow at the address below. For more information, contact the representative from your home institution. The personal statement, transcripts and CV can be emailed to Dr. Suzanne Hizer at or mailed to the following address.
Mail or Drop-Off 
Attn: CIRM Selection Committee
c/o Dr. Suzanne Hizer
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096    

If your question was not answered above, please contact the Program Coordinator, Dr. Suzanne Hizer, at