At RSRF we support two science training outreach programs, the
Bridges to the Future and the SEPA (Science Education Partnership
Award) both funded by the National Institutes of Health.
The goal of the Bridges to the Future program is to increase
the number of minority biomedical science majors who transfer
to SDSU, or other 4-year universities from community colleges,
and to enhance the chances of their retention in, and their graduation
from, 4-year universities. The Bridge's program includes a six
week internship at the Rees-Stealy Research Laboratory during
which the students receive hands-on training in molecular biology
and cardiac cell physiology experimental applications, as well
as lectures on these topics.
SEPA is a new RSRF/SDSU training paradigm consisting of a partnership
among: RSRF, the SDSU College of Sciences and College of Education,
and teachers in the South Bay region involving four San Diego
County school districts. The goal of the program is to develop
a "pipeline" training model in the biomedical sciences for K-12
students through teacher development, curriculum enrichment, technology
infusion, and parent involvement: That is, to put students on
an early track to doctoral level career programs in biomedical
This past summer we hosted eight Bridges to the Future students
and six SEPA high school teachers. Yet another program in which
RSRF participates is the Upward Bound Math/Science Regional Center's
Mentorship Program. For six weeks this past summer, we were host
to high school student, Luis Rodriguez from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Luis received hands-on training in molecular biology techniques
and primary heart cell preparations. He also completed a project
which involved restriction endonuclease mapping of an expression
vector to be used in one of our research projects.