A: The purpose of the CIRM Bridges to Stem Cell Research Program is to provide comprehensive stem cell training and research opportunities for qualified students, as well as, to give our large, ethnically diverse student populations a basic understanding of stem cell research.
A:Your overall GPA must be a 3.0 or above.
You must have completed at least three of the courses listed below, before the research internship begins (January), or their equivalents, with a B or better. Students at Cal State L.A. may take BIO 465/465L or BIO 565/565L at Cal Poly Pomona Fall Quarter, 2009. The new cell culture course BIOL 454L will be offered at Cal State LA in the Fall Quarter, 2010.
A: Students chosen to participate in the CIRM Bridges to Stem Cell Research Program will be granted a stipend. The stipends are as follows:
A: Students participating in the CIRM Bridges to Stem Cell Research will choose a mentor at one of four non-profit institutions (California Institute of Technology, City of Hope, The Scripps Research Institute, Western University of Health Sciences and University of Southern California) and perform their research at that institution. The internship program will be integrated into the students' undergraduate BS (BS) or graduate (MS) programs. The interns will be assigned both a research mentor from the institution in which they will be doing their stem cell research and a CSU faculty mentor to guide them during their internships.
A: If necessary, to finish the thesis project, research may continue after completion of the internship, but without financial stipend support from CIRM.
A: All interns who have been accepted to the program will participate in a 1-week Stem Cell Techniques Training course at the USC CIRM Shared Research Laboratory prior to starting their internships.
7. Q: Are the stipends ($2500/month) subject to tax?
A: Yes. You are encouraged to seek professional tax advice for personal income tax questions and assistance.