Where Carly Rae Jepson's "I Really Like You" meets science (w/VIDEO)

August 17, 2015 | by Denise Heady

Many teenagers take a break from academics during the summer, but not the eight high school students enrolled in the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Creativity Awards program at City of Hope. They took the opportunity to obtain as much hands-on research experience as possible, learning from City of Hope researchers and scientists along the way. And, while they were at it, they made a music video.

Through the CIRM Creativity Awards program, the students worked full-time as members of City of Hope biomedical research teams, studying stem cell science and developmental biology research. As part of their work, students shared their experience in the lab by creating videos and blogs, which were shared on The Stem Cellar, the official CIRM blog.

This year, the CIRM students created a music parody video to Carly Rae Jepson’s “I Really Like You,” now called “We’re Really Close to a Breakthrough.” The video, solely produced by the students, earned an honorable mention for best video in the program.

In the blogging category, summer student Selena Zhang took home first place for her blog, which was praised for her ability "to capture the romance, the mystery and the magic of science."

Alice Lin, another City of Hope summer student, received recognition for her blog written from the point of view of an embryonic stem cell.

Excerpts from the students can be found on the CIRM blog. Other videos from the students in the program can be viewed on CIRMTV, the stem cell agency's YouTube channel.

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Learn more about educational opportunities for students at City of Hope. 

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