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Stem Cell Program

What is the Bridges to Stem Cell Research Internship?

The Bridges to the Stem Cell Research Program is a full time research program funded by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). The Program, is based at CSU San Marcos, and partners with Palomar, MiraCosta, Mt. San Jacinto, and San Diego Miramar Colleges. It was developed to encourage the participation of a diverse group of both undergraduate and graduate students in the San Diego region into the field of stem cell science. The Program has established working commitments with leaders in stem cell research in both academia and industry, in order to prepare students to enter the growing field of regenerative medicine.

California Institute for Regenerative Medicine or CIRM

The California Institute for Regnerative Medicine (CIRM), was created by the voters of California in 2004 when they passed Proposition 71. This authorized $3 billion in funding for stem cell research in California. In 2020, the voters again supported work funded by CIRM via Prop 14, which authorized another $5.5 billion, which will allow for the continuation of the agency and stem cell research. As a result of both of these propositions, CIRM created the CIRM Bridges to Stem Cell Research and Therapy Program, which trains the next generation of stem cell scientists and laboratory technicians. There are currently 15 Bridges programs throughout California.

CIRM's mission is to accelerate world class science to deliver transformative regenerative medicine treatments in an equitable manner to a diverse California and the world.

Program Objectives

Through this program students will obtain hands-on experience in stem cell techniques used in state of the art regenerative medicine research. The program will promote collaboration between the home institution and the host sites, including a twelve-month research internship and mentorship activities. Throughout the year the interns will participate in a 12-unit Biotechnology course specific to the internship, oral and poster presentations, research seminars, meeting attendance, patient advocacy and community outreach. All of these experiences will help to prepare the interns for further scientific endeavors in the field.

The program is open to students enrolled at CSU San Marcos, or one of the internship partners: Palomar, Mt. San Jacinto, MIraCosta and San Diego Miramar Colleges. Students must be enrolled in a BS, MS or Certificate program at one of these colleges.