The governing Board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) has approved $46,076,430 to invest in its newest education pillar- the COMPASS (Creating Opportunities through Mentorship and Partnership Across Stem cell Science) training program.
Education is at the core of CIRM’s mission of accelerating world class science to deliver transformative regenerative medicine treatments in an equitable manner to a diverse California and world. And funding these additional programs is an important step in ensuring that California has a well-trained stem cell workforce.
The objective of COMPASS is to prepare a diverse cadre of undergraduate students for careers in regenerative medicine through combining hands-on research opportunities with strategic and structured mentorship experiences.
“Education and infrastructure are two funding pillars critical for creating the next generation of researchers and conducting stem cell based clinical trials,” says Jonathan Thomas, Ph.D., J.D., Chair of the CIRM Board. “The importance of these programs was acknowledged in Proposition 14 and we expect that they will continue to be important components of CIRM’s programs and strategic direction in the years to come.”
Most undergraduate research training programs, including those targeting students from underserved communities, target individuals with predefined academic credentials as well as a stated commitment towards graduate school, medical school, or faculty positions in academia. COMPASS will support the development and implementation of novel strategies to recognize and foster untapped talent that can lead to new and valuable perspectives that are specific to the challenges of regenerative medicine, and that will create new paths to a spectrum of careers that are not always apparent to students in the academic, undergraduate environment.
COMPASS will complement but not compete with CIRM’s Bridges program, a subset of which serve a different, but equally important population of undergraduate trainees; similarly, the program is unlikely to compete for the same pools of students that would be most likely to receive support through the major NIH Training Programs such as MARC and RISE.
Here are the 16 successful applicants.
|Application number||Title||Principal Investigator||Amount|
|EDUC5-13840||The COMPASS Scholars Program – Developing Today’s Untapped Talent into Tomorrow’s STEM Cell Researchers||John Matsui, University of California, Berkeley||$2,908,950|
|EDUC5-13634||COMPASS Undergraduate Program||Alice F Tarantal, University of California, Davis||$2,909,950|
|EDUC5-13637||Research Mentorship Program in Regenerative Medicine Careers for a Diverse Undergraduate Student Body||Brian J. Cummings, University of California, Irvine||$2,729,900|
|EDUC5-13665||CIRM COMPASS Training Program (N-COMPASS)||Cindy S Malone, The University Corporation at California State University, Northridge||$2,909,700|
|EDUC5-13817||COMPASS: Accelerating Stem Cell Research by Educating and Empowering New Stem Cell Researchers||Tracy L Johnson, University of California, Los Angeles||$2,910,000|
|EDUC5-13744||Training and mentorship program in stem cell biology and engineering: A COMPASS for the future||Dennis Clegg, University of California, Santa Barbara||$2,746,000|
|EDUC5-13636|| Research Training and Mentorship Program to Inspire Diverse Undergraduates toward Regenerative Medicine|
|Huinan Hannah Liu, The Regents of the University of California on behalf of its Riverside Campus||$2,910,000|
|EDUC5-13679||Inclusive Pathways for a Stem Cell Scholar (iPSCs) Undergraduate Training Program||Lily Chen, San Francisco State University||$2,894,500|
|EDUC5-13733|| A COMPASS to guide the growth of a diverse regenerative medicine workforce that represents California and benefits|
|Kristen OHalloran Cardinal, Cal Poly Corporation, an Auxiliary of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo||$2,887,939|
|EDUC5-13619||Increase Diversity, Equity, and Advancement in Cell Based Manufacturing Sciences (IDEA-CBMS)||Michael Fino, MiraCosta College||$2,894,500|
|EDUC5-13667||COMPASS Program for Southern California Hispanic Serving Institution||Bianca Romina Mothé, California State University San Marcos Corporation||$2,877,200|
|EDUC5-13653||Student Pluripotency: Realizing Untapped Undergraduate Potential in Regenerative Medicine||Daniel Nickerson, California State University, San Bernardino||$2,909,853|
|EDUC5-13647|| COMPASS: an inclusive Pipeline for Research and Other Stem cell-based Professions in Regenerative medicine|
|Alison Miyamoto, CSU Fullerton Auxiliary Services Corporation||$2,883,440|
|EDUC5-13686||Training Undergraduates in Stem Cell Engineering and Biology (TUSCEB)||Kara E McCloskey, University of California, Merced||$2,909,999|
|EDUC5-13853||COMPASS: Guiding Undergraduates to Careers in Regenerative Medicine||Senta Georgia, University of Southern California||$2,899,999|
|EDUC5-13910||IDEA-CBMS – Increase Diversity, Equity, and Advancement in Cell Based Manufacturing Sciences||James Dekloe, Solano Community College||$2,894,500|