The CIRM SPARK Program
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 2017 the CIRM SPARK Program at the City of Hope included (photos):
- Lectures focusing on the ethics of alternative applications for stem cells.
- Recruitment and learning opportunities with the Michael Amini Tranfusion Medicine Center
- Three field trips for the students around Los Angeles. In 2017, the students visited the Natural History Museum, Mount Baldy, and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
- Presenting and hosting the SPARK Annual Meeting at City of Hope.
- Blogs and Instagram posts by SPARK students about their internship experience and stem cell research. (Click here)
2017 CIRM SPARK Students
The previous CIRM summer experience was the CIRM Creativity Program. Over the four years we hosted the program the various experiences included:
- Lectures focusing on potential disease treatments using stem cells.
- Art Lectures on higher mathematics and how science can conserve artifacts and important historical structures.
- Field trips for the students around Los Angeles and Orange County including: (1) The Getty Conservation Institute and Museum, (2) Natural History Museum, (3) The Institute For Figuring, (4) Griffith Observatory and (5) Owl Biomedical.
- Workshops on making crochet coral reefs, public speaking, and drug marketing.
- A trip to the annual CIRM Creativity Awards Poster Day in San Francisco.
- Music Video Parodies to songs such as “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus, “I really like you” from Carly Rae Jepson, and "Let it Grow” from the Disney movie Frozen.
- A flashmob in the City of Hope library.