To promote inclusive excellence in science, USC will be offering a new program for undergraduates from historically underrepresented backgrounds who wish to pursue careers in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine.

Known as USC COMPASS (Creating Opportunities through Mentorship and Partnership Across Stem Cell Science), the program will launch with support from a $2.9 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), a voter-created agency charged with distributing funds to support stem cell research and education.

Given the multidisciplinary nature of regenerative medicine, USC COMPASS will involve three different USC schools: the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the USC Dornsife College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences.

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