Statement of Benefit to California:
Year 1The Master of Arts Stem Cell Concentration is a Professional Science Masters (PSM)embracing a twenty-month program of study. A program that includes a core of 14 units of graduate courses in research methods, cellular and molecular biology and 8 units of internship; 6 units of graduate elective courses; and 2 units of the culminating master's project experience. Integrated into the curriculum is a seven-month, full-time internship, a CIRM Bridges program, with the UC Davis Institute of Regenerative Cures and a Stem Cell Techniques Training Course taken at the Buck Institute for Age Research. The PSM is intended to prepare graduates for careers as staff research associate in cutting edge research laboratories, as laboratory managers in stem cell and biotechnology laboratories, and as excellent doctoral candidates in the biosciences. To date, Sacramento has graduated three cohorts of Stem Cell Masters resulting in 13 academic staff researchers, 5 individuals working in stem cell related industry positions, 4 PhD students, 1 medical student, 2 clinical laboratory scientists, and 3 graduates working in non-stem cell positions. These outcome for our graduates to date indicate nearly 90% of our students are entering directly or indirectly into stem cell research related fields.