SDSU/CIRM Stem Cell Internship Program Overview

Program Overview

The SDSU/CIRM (California Institute for Regenerative Medicine) Bridges to Stem Cell Research Program is a California state government-funded program developed to encourage participation of both undergraduate and graduate students in the field of regenerative medicine. Through this program students will obtain hands-on experience in performing techniques used in state of the art stem cell research. These experiences will encourage and prepare students from the diverse population at SDSU to enter the growing field of stem cell research.

The SDSU/CIRM Stem Cell Internship Program (SCIP) will promote collaboration between the student’s home institution, SDSU, and various host institutions, including the Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute, the Scripps Research Institute, the Salk Institute for Scientific Studies, UCSD and various biotech companies through student/faculty interactions from all. These interactions will happen through a number of venues, including monthly colloquiums, research seminars and a twelve-month internship for each SCIP Fellow, which includes a $2500/month stipend.

During the program, SCIP Fellows will be guided by research mentors from both institutions. They will also receive intense training in stem-cell research techniques at the Scripps Center for Regenerative Medicine, in order to prepare them for their internship year. The capstone experience for students will be a research report.

The program is open to both senior undergraduate students and first year Master’s level graduate students pursuing a degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology or other relevant health or natural science. The competitive candidate will hold an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and have experienced at least one semester of research training at SDSU.

Internship Overiew

All Students will Participate in the Following:

Coursework will Include:

Eligibility Requirements

The competitive applicant will:

It is Strongly Recommended that a Student:

  1. carried out at least one semester of bench work in a faculty lab
  2. taken a cell and molecular biology lab course (e.g. BIOL 366)


Submit Application by January 10, 2014 (4:00pm)
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Attn: SDSU/CIRM Selection Committee
SDSU/CIRM Internship Program, GMCS 611
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, CA 92182-1016