If you are interested in pursuing a career in research, just starting out, or looking to supplement your scientific training, there are opportunities at UC Davis and throughout the state.

CIRM Bridges Program

The CIRM Bridges to Stem Cell Research Awards are training the next generation of stem cell scientists and laboratory technicians by funding courses and research internships for undergraduates and masters-level students. Started in 2009, the program provides paid stem cell research internships to students at universities and colleges that don’t have major stem cell research programs. Each Bridges internship includes thorough hands-on training and education in stem cell research, and direct patient engagement and outreach activities that engage California’s diverse communities. At the 2011 CIRM Bridges Trainee Meeting, 160 students from the 16 Bridges programs presented posters that describe the research results from their internships and learned about career opportunities in stem cell science.

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CIRM High School Summer Program to Accelerate Regenerative Medicine Knowledge (SPARK) Program

This summer course is an introduction to human stem cell biology with specific emphasis on adult, embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells. Topics will include how stem cells are isolated or generated, how they are cultured, and how they are used for regenerative therapies. In addition, students will learn about Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and how to manufacture human stem cells. Students obtain a certificate at the end of the course.

Learning Objectives

  • Discern the differences between embryonic, induced pluripotent, and adult stem cells
  • Learn stem cell culture techniques and applications
  • Explore current therapies for human diseases using stem cells
  • Become familiar with federal regulations and Good Manufacturing Practice
  • Learn about product manufacturing within a GMP Facility


An intern at UC Davis Institute Regenerative Cures

Video: Each summer, 10 high school students are invited to work alongside scientists and research technicians in UC Davis stem cell laboratories. The program, done in collaboration with the UC Davis Teen Biotech Challenge, is designed to enable promising students to gain college-level experience and potentially inspire them to pursue science degrees and careers.

Steps for Interested Students:

  1. Read eligibility information and important dates on the SPARK Research Scholar Awards website.
  2. Submit an online SPARK Research Scholar Award application.
  3. Post-awardees will need to express interest in the summer internship and commitment to 6 weeks of research training, classes, group activities, and attendance of a 2-day trainee meeting while following all relevant campus social distancing and safety measures outlined by UC Davis Health Volunteer Services and COVID19 safety protocols.
  4. Student awardees will undergo a full health onboarding process, laboratory safety trainings, including other required paperwork.
  5. Student awardees should arrange appropriate transportation to and from the Institute for Regenerative Cures in Sacramento for the duration of the program.
  6. Let the fun begin!

Questions about the application process can be directed to Eliza Cocker at etcocker@ucdavis.edu 

Read about the UC Davis CIRM SPARK Research Scholars: https://cirmsparkucdavis.wordpress.com/