SDSU/CIRM Stem Cell Internship 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.
All Students will Participate in the Following:
- A two week short-course, at TSRI, which provides specific experience in stem cell research techniques
- A twelve month internship at a host institution, including the following: The Sanford/Burnham Institute for Medical Research (BIMR), The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), The Salk Institute for Scientific Studies, the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) and various Biotech companies
- Participation in the CIRM Stem Cell Colloquium, which includes all SCIP Fellows and the home and host-institute faculty
- The CIRM Stem Cell Colloquium, which includes all SCIP Fellows and the home and host-institute mentors
- A Seminar/Symposium Series that includes:
- Stem Cell Meeting on the Mesa in Fall semester
- SDSU Student Research Symposium in Spring semester
- Bi-weekly seminar attendance at SDSU or host site
- The Annual CIRM Bridges meeting in San Francisco in July
- will earn a monthly stipend of at least $2500/month during the internship year
Coursework will Include:
- Up to 9 units of research/special studies credit each semester
- Up to 3 units of stem cell biology course or other elective
- One unit of Ethics in Scientific Research
- One unit of Scientific Writing
- Prepare a final research paper reporting on the research carried out at the host institute.
The competitive applicant will:
- be enrolled full-time in a B.S. or M.S. degree program in Biology, Biochemistry Microbiology or other relevant or natural science field at SDSU;
- be a US citizen, refugee alien or permanent resident alien at time of application;
- submit an official/unofficial transcript that shows overall and science GPA of at least 3.0;
- provide a resume of relevant work experience, including duties (see sample resume on this page);
- submit a personal statement describing;
- why he/she wants to be a CIRM intern
- how the experience will impact his/her career goals and proceed future benefits for the California Stem Cell Initiative in particular and for society in general;
- a statement describing the applicants laboratory experience
- have two letters of recommendation sent to the committee; if possible, one should be your faculty research mentor who can address your intellectual and personal suitability for the program.
It is Strongly Recommended that a Student:
- carried out at least one semester of bench work in a faculty lab
- taken a cell and molecular biology lab course (e.g. BIOL 366)
ApplicationSubmit 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