Cal State San Marcos Receives Nearly $3 Million for Stem Cell Science Mentoring

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President Ellen Neufeldt (second from right) is pictured with some of the people involved in the COMPASS training program at CSUSM. Photo via @csusmnews Twitter

Cal State San Marcos has been awarded a nearly $3 million, five-year grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to invest in its new COMPASS training program, it was announced Friday.

COMPASS — or Creating Opportunities through Mentorship and Partnership Across Stem Cell Science — is intended to work to prepare a diverse group of undergraduate students for careers in regenerative medicine by combining research opportunities with mentorship experiences. COMPASS at CSUSM recruits local high school students to the university to train them in stem cells and life sciences.

“This new program highlights our growing commitment to creating a diverse workforce, one that taps into communities that have been historically underrepresented in the biomedical sciences,” said Dr. Maria T. Millan, president and CEO of California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. “The COVID-19 pandemic made it clear that the benefits of scientific discovery are not always accessible to communities that most need them.”

“CIRM is committed to tackling these challenges by creating a diverse and dedicated workforce that can meet the technical demands of taking novel treatment ideas and making them a reality,” she said.

The $2,877,200 grant will fund stem cell educational outreach at three North County high schools: High Tech High North County, Mission Hills High School and San Marcos High School. It will also support 30 students for two years of training and provide diversity, equity and inclusion training for research mentors, a statement from CSU San Marcos reads.

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