Pipeline Programs


Pipeline Programs


CDU provides programs to educate the youth of our community to ensure their long-term success, health, and well-being. We currently offer underrepresented Pre-K to 12th grade students a pathway to careers in medicine and health through our various pipeline programs which include, Saturday Science Academy, Project Stride, President Scholars Program, Opportunity Scholars Program, Medical Careers Program and CDU Mobile STEM labs. Students who actively participating in supplemental activities, like that of our pipeline programs, are less likely to become involved in underage drinking or use illegal drugs. All of programs encourage students to strive to become nurses, researchers, doctors or work in the health field in other capacities.

Saturday Science Academy exposes Pre-k through 12th grade students to fun and engaging science material in an effort to motivate them to move into health care fields after graduating high school.  The program deepens and sustains student interest in science, health education and establishes a pathway through college and into health professions. Students are introduced to various concepts in human anatomy and physiology that are directly related to the medical and health fields. We place a heavy emphasis on work ethics that are applicable to school and are important for joining the work force, their future educational goals, the health care industry and working with the community. Students explore topics in Ortholorongology, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Nutrition, Cardiology, Orthopedics, Urology, Dentistry and Hematology. For More Information contect: Lorraine Grey 323-563-5901 and email LorraineGrey@Cdrewu.edu

The President Scholars Program (PSP) is designed for seniors who have a 3.8 GPA and higher and are nominated by a school counselor, principal or teacher. President Scholars are seniors with the highest scholastic aptitude who participate in a yearlong Program at CDU. Students who are selected into the program earn a full ride scholarship towards their education at CDU. Any individual who is a part of the President Scholars Program is eligible to apply for the CDU full ride Presidential Scholarship.

Opportunity Scholars Program (OSP) offers 9th-12th grade students who have between a 2.0 and 3.79 GPA and are interested in a career in the health field and need additional support. Students accepted into this program have access to attend CDU lectures and are eligible to receive a scholarship to attend Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Some of the benefits of the program include waived application fee, networking and mentoring opportunities, guaranteed priority admission for 12th grade students who meet the minimum requirements and early admittance for 10th and 11th grade students.

Project STRIDE (Students Training in Research Involving Disparity Elimination) is a 10-week summer  health science immersion program that exposes and engages underrepresented 11th and 12th grade students to clinical research. Due to the critical shortage of minorities in biomedical research and the health professions the overarching goal of Project STRIDE is to increase the number of underrepresented minority and disadvantaged students in the pipeline who are committed to research in health sciences. During the 10 week program students work full-time with a mentor on an assigned research project that encompasses exposure to critical methodologies and principals of biomedical and clinical research.  

Medical Careers Program provides students with mentoring opportunities, access to experience-based learning from environments including hospitals, clinics, research laboratories, child development and university facilities. Students can be placed with a research mentor or assigned to observe doctors, nurses and allied health professionals at work in a hospital. The program is designed to expose students to careers in medicine and science. Students gain valuable experience and develop a foundation to be competitive candidates in post-secondary institutions. After participating, students are motivated and inspired to explore careers in the health field. For More Information contect: Dee Flemming 323-249-5716 and email Deeflemming@Cdrewu.edu

CDU Mobile STEM labs (CMSL) provides elementary grade students with access to a quality STEM program focused on inspiring the next generation of South Los Angeles Scientists.  This program encourages students to enter the health care field and is aimed towards eliminating disparities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics curriculum. Additionally, the standards-based learning laboratories enhance opportunities of disadvantaged students to excel in their academic achievements.  The overarching goal of the program is to increase the number of minority youth who successfully complete college in the STEM fields.

About CDU

  • Founded in the 1960’s following many years of community advocacy to significantly improve medical services for the residents of southeast Los Angeles County
  • Named in honor or Dr. Charles R. Drew, a brilliant African-American physician recognized for his pioneering work in blood transfusion and preservation
  • The nation’s only dually designated Historically Black Graduate Institute and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School
  • Uncovered as a Hidden Gem and ranked No. 3 in 2015 in a new ranking of College Superstars by Brookings Institution

College Goals
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science is a private non-profit student-centered University committed to cultivating diverse health professional leaders who are dedicated to social justice and health equity for underserved populations, through outstanding education, research, clinical service and community engagement. Our programs are designed to develop future leaders in the health professions, research, education and community service-leaders who are well versed in such important and life-changing social justice, cultural diversity education, comparative health and community engagement.

For More Information
Eileen Forbes-Hill, MS
Executive Director, Pipeline and
School Partnership Programs

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