California Institute of Regenerative Medicinecirm_logo_1300pxSummer Program to Accelerate Regenerative Medicine Knowledge (SPARK)

The Summer Program to Accelerate Regenerative Medicine Knowledge (SPARK) is an initiative of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, making competitive grant awards to applicants at WASC accredited research institutions in California. SPARK evolved from the CIRM Creativity Award Program for high school students. Seven inaugural awardees were announced in January 2016, and UC Davis is in good company! SPARK Programs were also funded at the California Institute of Technology, Cedars SinaiChildren’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), City of Hope, Stanford School of Medicine and UC San Francisco.

UC Davis Principal Investigator Gerhard Bauer received a CIRM SPARK award (EDUC3-­08407) to support the eight week summer research experience for ten high school students in the Sacramento region.  The program will run for three summers (2016-2018). Significant in-kind volunteer hours for student teaching, mentoring and SPARK program management are provided by host institutions.

To catch up on the lastest research advances and training programs for stem cell research in California, check out CIRM’s official blog, The Stem Cellar.