Stem cell training programs
Investing in the next generation of stem cell scientists creates a trained workforce for the state's stem cell industry and ensures that the state has young scientists ready to continue the search for cures. Altogether, we've helped more than 1500 young people pursue their dream and supported 57 new faculty members as they establish their careers.
High school students
Only some people will go on to become scientists and doctors, but everybody--including future teachers, lawyers or police--should have a chance to understand a field of science that is changing medicine. That's why we created a stem cell curriculum for high school classes. Now teachers in California or nationwide have resources and hands on activities to teach their students about an area of science that will likely be responsible for the therapies those students receive in the future.
With our Creativity Awards, those high school students who are thinking about a career in science can get a head start on their dream. We support high school students throughout California in stem cell research summer internships. Last year, we asked those students to show us the value of their experiences in blogs, videos and images. You can see their enthusiasm in action on our Through their Lens series.
Undergraduate and masters students
Our Bridges to Stem Cell Research Awards provide coursework and internships to undergraduate and masters-level programs at California state schools and community colleges. These programs train the next generation of stem cell scientists to fill jobs in California’s growing stem cell research sector — filling a void predicted by BayBio and the California Public Policy Institute. As the first participants graduate, students are already being hired into technician jobs, and being accepted into medical and graduate schools in large numbers.
This video shows the experiences of two Bridges students.
Graduate and post-graduate students
Our first round of funding in 2006 was to support Training grants to make sure California had scientists with the training needed to develop stem cell based therapies. These awards support graduate students and post-graduate students carrying out stem cell research in California institutions. Many of our training grant recipients have gone on to start their own stem cell research labs as faculty members and are carrying forward stem cell advances for the next generation of therapies.
Early career scientists
Although their formal education is over, new faculty members need support while they are starting up their labs. CIRM provides a stable source of funding for the best young faculty members, helping them to establish their stem cell research programs. Our recurring New Faculty Awards support faculty for five years while they launch their stem cell research careers.