Advancing the health and well-being of animals and people

Principal Investigator:  Laurel Southard
Co-Principal Investigator: Alexander Nikitin
Co-Principal Investigator: John Schimenti

Contact Information: Email:; Phone: 607-254-4533
Sponsor: New York State Department of Health: NYSTEM Program
Grant Number: C026075
Title: Cornell Undergraduate Stem Cell Science Program (CUSSP)
Annual Direct Cost: $72,400
Project Period: 05/01/10-04/30/13

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This proposal is a partnership between the Cornell University Undergraduate Biology major and stem cell scientists at Cornell. The Cornell Undergraduate Stem Cell Science Program (CUSSP) will have several goals. First, we will provide eight students with an intensive 10-week summer research opportunity in the lab of one of our accomplished Cornell mentors. These students will learn techniques and skills that are routinely used in modern research, and after initial training, will be involved in investigatory research. In addition, the summer program will introduce them to the literature of stem-cell research through a directed journal club. Students will meet weekly to read, present and discuss scientific papers in a structured, mentored environment. In addition, we will provide seminars and panels that will introduce the students to career and graduate school opportunities, ethical dilemmas in stem cell science and to potential role models in the Cornell stem cell community. Several of our mentors are clinician scientists who will bring a medical emphasis to the program. The students will also gain valuable experience in writing and speaking about their research through a series of presentation opportunities, including presenting their work at a national professional or undergraduate meeting. Our overall goal is to provide an enticing look at research in hopes that the majority of these students will choose careers in science. This project will be focused on stem cells, but will provide the students a wide perspective on current research in the field.