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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Bridges to the Stem Cell Research Program?

The Bridges to the Stem Cell Research Program is funded by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). The Program will place ten undergraduate students and two graduate students per year in six-month and twelve-month respectively internships with host laboratories throughout the region: City of Hope Medical Center, UCR, Loma Linda University, Western Health Sciences University and USC/Children's Hospital.

Students will be working in internships full-time during their commitment as a Bridges Stem Cell Scholar.

Students will also be enrolled full-time (through a combination of internship credit and coursework) at their home institution during their entire time.

Internship and tuition fees are financially supported by the Program.

How do I apply?

Download and fill out the application form below. There is no difference in the application form if you are a graduate and undergraduate applicant.

Application Deadline: October 31st

When will my application be reviewed?

The applications will be reviewed by the selection committee at the end of December. The selection committee will be informing students of their status by the end of November.

How will I be trained to perform stem cell research?

Before beginning the stem cell internship, the students will participate in a workshop that will take place at UCR Stem Cell Core Center and will last for one week. This takes place in early January.

Where will I be placed for the internship?

Each of the selected students will interview with interested labs. A student can indicate up to three different labs to interview at.

What is the stipend and how much of my tuition fees are covered by this program?

Students will be expected to work full-time as interns in their laboratories. They will also be enrolled at their home campus as full-time students. Students will receive $2500 per month as a stipend plus up to $5000 to cover tuition fees at their home campus.

How do I submit my application and recommendation letters?

Submit the application to Dr. Nicole Bournias in-person. For the recommendation letters, ask your references to email the recommendation directly with a scanned version of the signed letter. Please ask reviewers to put the applicant's name in the subject line.