CIRM COMPASS – Paid Internship Program for Regenerative Medicine Research at UCSB

The CIRM COMPASS Program is a robust, two-year research internship that aims to train undergraduate scholars in stem cell
biology and engineering, with the goal of preparing the next generation of diverse leaders in regenerative medicine. Areas of
research include stem cell biology, cellular and tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and gene therapy. The COMPASS
program will span twenty-four (24) consecutive months during the student’s junior and senior years.

Stipend & Research Funds Provided by COMPASS
• Trainee Stipend – Up to $18,000 per year (to the student)
• Tuition and Fees – Up to $9,600 (to the institution)
• Research Related Funds – Up to $2,200 for research project costs (to the internship host laboratory)
• Program Related Travel expenses – Up to $1,000

Eligibility Requirements
• Commitment to complete the program requirements within two (2) years
• Ability to dedicate an appropriate amount of time to the internship and program-related activities
o > 10hrs/week/quarter during the academic year
o > 40hrs/week during the summer
• Current UCSB undergraduates or transfer students starting their junior year in good academic standing
• Interest in a career in biotech or regenerative medicine, whether research or clinical application
• Strong interest in project research and readiness to train and succeed in a laboratory setting
• Students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in STEM are especially encouraged to apply. These include but are not limited to: 1st generation college student, veterans, single mothers, amputees, students with disabilities, under-
represented ethnicities, gender preferences, etc.

Program Requirements Once the Student is Accepted:
• Two years (24 consecutive months) of hands-on research in the laboratory
• Completion of required coursework
o Stem Cell Biology – MCDB 146
o Stem Cell Ethics – MCDB 147
o Responsible Conduct of Research – Seminar Course
o Translational Research and Drug Design – Chem 162
o Electives – select from a variety of courses in Oncology, Developmental Biology, Bioengineering, Computational Biology, and
Quantitative Biology
• Participation in professional growth and development workshops
• Present a formal lecture to finalize the trainee’s Capstone Project in the spring quarter of senior year
• Present status updates of research project during the quarterly COMPASS Conferences
• Participation in Patient, Healthcare, & Community Engagement and Outreach Activities
• Engage in regular meetings with a team of mentors from academia and industry
• Participation in science communication activities through UCSB

Application Materials
An application form
• CV
• Two (2) letters of recommendation on letterhead (submitted confidentially)
o See the COMPASS Application Form regarding topics that the recommender should address
• Submit all application materials by 11:59pm August 27, 2023 to Dr. Britney Pennington at with the email
subject heading: “COMPASS 2023 Application – <applicant’s full name>”. Candidates will be notified by September 15, and
they will begin the COMPASS program remotely on September 18, and in-person on September 25, 2023.

COMPASS Recruitment Announcement
Allison Jackson Memorial Scholarship Information

Allison Jackson Memorial Scholarship

  • Are you currently enrolled at UCSB?
  • Are you an African American student?
  • Do you have a 2.0 GPA or higher?
  • Do you demonstrate financial need?
  • Are you from the LA area?

If so, then there is a $1000 scholarship opportunity for you - The Allison Jackson Memorial Scholarship.

The Allison Jackson Memorial Scholarship was established by family and friends, in memory of Allison Lilia Jackson, who died in early September 1988, just prior to beginning her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. As a graduate of John Muir High School in Pasadena, California, Allison was accepted to UCSB for the fall quarter of 1988. Unfortunately, Allison suffered from sickle cell anemia - a condition that made her strong and confident in her outlook on life. The disease claimed her life during her participation in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Summer Transitional Enrichment Program (STEP) just short of her beginning to fulfill her promises and aspirations as a university student.

Apply Now! Allison Jackson Memorial Scholarship Application

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California Association for Postsecondary Education and Disability

Please visit the CAPED scholarship page for further details on eligibility requirements and application procedures. Scholarship opportunities include:

  • Access Technology Scholarship up to $500
  • Alyssa McCroskey Memorial Scholarship $1,000
  • Betty Bacon Memorial Scholarship $1,000
  • CAPED Excellence Scholarship $1,500
  • CAPED Memorial Scholarship $1,000
  • CAPED Veterans Scholarship $500
  • College Access & Success Scholarship $1000
  • Counseling and Career Development Scholarship $500
  • Dick Griffiths Memorial Scholarship $1,000
  • Susan Bunch Memorial Scholarship $1,000
  • Steve Fasteau Past Presidents’ Scholarship $1,500