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CIRM info


California Institute of Regenerative Medicine SFSU Bridges to Stem Cell Research

Master of Science Program

Program Highlights

• 2-year Master of Science program in Cell and Molecular Biology 
• Integrated program of academic course work in stem cell biology, ethics, and science writing 
• 1-week stem cell lab training course at UCSF 
• 18-month master thesis research project in stem cell biology 
• Research opportunities at UCSF, UC Berkeley, and Buck Institute of Age Research 
• Mentoring from research faculty, academic faculty, graduate students and peers 
• $30,000 stipend in second year of the program contingent on successful completion of academic course work 
• Research activities include lab meetings, journal clubs, retreats, and opportunities to attend and present research at national meetings

Application Procedures (downloadable forms coming soon)

• CIRM application form
• Application to SFSU Graduate Division 
• 1-page statement of purpose 
• Official undergraduate transcript 
• General GRE scores 
• 2 letters of recommendation

Application Deadline: Friday, June 1, 2009

Who should apply?

• Highly motivated individuals interested in stem cell research
• Students interested in entering stem cell workforce (Ph.D,, M.D. M.S. level). 
• Have completed an undergraduate degree in a Biology related area with a GPA of 3.0 or greater
• Applicants should have some previous research experience 
• United States citizens or permanent resident

This program is aimed at promoting diversity in the California stem cell workforce. Students who share this goal, especially from underrepresented minority groups, economically disadvantaged backgrounds, or who are the first generation in their families to attend college are encouraged to apply.

This program is designed to train students in the area of stem cell biology. The participating faculty provide a broad range of research options in this area of research. They also share a strong commitment to working with master-level students and promoting diversity in the stem cell field.

In this program students will spend their first year at SFSU taking course work in developmental biology, cell culture, reproductive technologies, bioethics, and scientific writing. Upon successful completion of their course work students will conduct research in laboratories at our host institutions, UCSF, UCB, and Buck. They will participate in a broad range of activities including work with human embryonic stem cells (hESC), neurodegenerative diseases, and stem cell mechanisms in model organisms and will receive training in the use of current technologies such as imaging, genomics, proteomics, knockout/transgenics, and drug screening.

We expect that students selected for this program will participate in all scheduled parts of the program. They are expected to complete the program and earn a Master’s of Science degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from SFSU. We also expect and encourage students to participate in the seminars and professional development program, which will help them to successfully enter the stem cell workforce.