City of Hope is proud to be part of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) SPARK Awards program. The CIRM SPARK Awards support summer internship programs that introduce high school students to stem cell science and developmental biology research. Students will have the opportunity to conduct research in established stem cell labs at City of Hope. During their internship, they will be trained in the latest stem cell techniques, attend lectures, participate in patient engagement activities, and communicate their research experiences through blogs and social media.
The SPARK Awards program is also intended to educate and broaden the participation in stem cell research by young individuals representing the diversity of California’s population, including those hindered by economic constraints. We encourage students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in this program.
In 2016 the CIRM SPARK Program at the City of Hope included (photos):
Benjamin Ann, a junior at Arcadia High School, was mentored by Dr. Ben Shih in the Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology.
Jared Pollard, a junior at Pacific Ridge School, was mentored by Dr. Stephen Forman in the Department of Hematology.
Brandon Lu, a junior at Arcadia High School, was mentored by Dr. Marcin Kortylewski in the Department of Immuno-Oncology.
Alina Shahin, a sophomore at Mark Keppel High School, was mentored by Dr. Xiaochun Yu in the Department of Cancer Genetics and Epigenetics.
Brian Xia, a junior at Canyon Crest Academy, was mentored by Dr. Wendong Huang and Dr. Dustin Schones in the Department of Diabetes and Metabolism.
Olivia Sun, a junior at Arcadia High School, was mentored by Dr. John Rossi in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology.
Phillip Chung, a senior at Great Oak High School, was mentored by Dr. Yanhong Shi in the Department of Developmental Stem Cell Biology.
Nancy Xu, a senior at Lynbrook High School, was mentored by Dr. Zijie Sun in the Department of Cancer Biology.