Grant Award Details
- The Objective of USC COMPASS program is to engage students who are historically underrepresented with culturally-aware mentoring and to leverage the academic and research opportunities at USC to prepare them for regenerative medicine-related careers. USC COMPASS will engage 4 cohorts of 10 Scholars during their junior and senior years. The program will begin by matching students with faculty-level research advisors to supervise a 2-year research internship and will culminate with a capstone presentation of their work. Scholars will be paired with mentors to provide guidance, motivation, emotional support, and hold Scholars accountable to goals that they develop and set together. USC COMPASS will include coursework rooted in regenerative medicine, personal and professional development workshops, and financial support. Scholars will also be engaged in ethics training, projects in bioinformatics and bioengineering, community outreach, and patient engagement.
Grant Application Details
- USC COMPASS: Guiding Undergraduates to Careers in Regenerative Medicine
Having diverse perspectives, providing equitable access, and building inclusive cultures are critical components to preparing a workforce prepared to tackle the clinical challenges of tomorrow. USC is committed to serving as a leader in both regenerative medicine and in diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is in the spirit of this leadership that USC will launch USC COMPASS: Guiding Undergraduates to Careers in Regenerative Medicine. USC COMPASS will be a multidisciplinary training program that engages students with culturally-aware mentoring and leverages the breadth of academic and research opportunities at USC to prepare students for careers in regenerative medicine. At the end of the 5-year grant period, we expect that USC COMPASS Scholars will be integrated in multiple arenas of regenerative medicine and will bring diverse perspectives, expand equitable access, and create inclusive cultures that are critical components of a workforce prepared to tackle the clinical challenges of tomorrow.