For the past two summers we've run a summer internship program to bring high school students from throughout California into stem cell labs. We call this our Creativity Awards because we also ask the students to carry out some research activity in addition to just their lab work with the idea that great ideas come from creative minds.
We shot a video with these students two years ago, which you can watch here to see why we love this program so much. The students are incredible. The future of stem cell research in the state looks strong if these are the people who will be working on the next generation therapies:
This summer we've decided to let our interns tell their stories in their own words (and images). They'll be posting Instagram photos (follow #CIRMStemCellLab), videos to our YouTube channel, and blog entries (watch this space).
The first of the images and videos are already coming in, which you can see on our website on this page. We'll be updating that page as the summer progresses. Here's a preview of what's come in so far: