Pathways to Stem Cell Science offers a variety hands-on courses and workplace internships for high school students in grades 9-12. Participants can select from a catalog of vacation and afterschool programs to suit their time, interests and aptitudes. Each course is adapted from professional industry training programs and features sophisticated real-world science in addition to hands-on lab classes.
Originally developed by our executive director Dr. Victoria Fox at the University of Southern California (USC), our high school courses have become known as a career kick-starter for aspiring scientists. They provide a rare opportunity for high school students to step into the shoes of stem cell researchers and gain broadly applicable skills required by all bioscience industries. Participating students learn to isolate, culture and differentiate a variety of human stem cells using real-life scientific methods. They also network with guest speakers and gain career guidance during seminars that explore real-life bioscience occupations. Through this unique approach, our students learn how academic subjects translate into jobs. They also gain an understanding of the qualifications and experiences that are needed for bioscience occupations.
Our innovative programs provide the only opportunity for pre-college students to gain experience and training in an entrepreneurial biotech setting. All courses are taught in a “biotech research incubator” by experienced scientists who know what it takes to forge successful science careers. Students work hands-on with human stem cells during small classes with a student teacher ratio of 5:1. They gain the same personalized training as one-on-one internships and learn professional work skills in unique real-world courses that simulate employment.
Unlike traditional university-based programs, we expose students to the vast array of professions that exist within the biosciences industry, ensuring they understand all the career options available to them, not just medicine and scientific research. In addition to acquiring valuable experiences for their college resumes, our students also head to college understanding how to develop a viable bioscience career plan.
At Pathways to Stem Cell Science we inspire future scientists and provide a stepping stone for young students to achieve their dreams. The graduates of our programs attend top tier universities and secure pre- and post-graduation workplace internships.
With stem cell research experience our graduates stand out from the average college applicant
Our graduates gain a competitive edge, place in top-tier universities, and go on to secure pre- and post-graduation workplace internships
Our programs provide a unique opportunity to gain career guidance from professional scientists and medical practitioners
We guarantee all participants will work in state-of-the-art labs with human stem cells in classes taught by PhD level scientists
We provide one of the only opportunities for high school students to experience working in a professional biotech industry setting
We offer a range of courses to fit different interests, aptitudes and career goals
Our programs promote essential life skills such as confidence, independence, organization and communication
Our students network with science professionals and gain valuable work-based skills and experiences for their resumes
Discover human stem cells through one of our exciting courses