CDU Biomedical Sciences Enrichment Program is Thriving
The CDU Biomedical Sciences Enrichment Program: Mentoring and Workforce Development is underway and providing cohorts of COSH students with a unique opportunity to expand their career potential. The program, which kicked off in October 2022, seeks to expose CDU students to the various fields of Biomedical and Biotechnology research, professional development, and workforce development.
The first “cohort” of the 10-month-long program currently underway is composed of 22 students from the Undergraduate Biomedical Sciences and Public Health Program and the Master’s in Biomedical Sciences Program. The enrichment program is led by COSH Dean Dr. Monica Ferrini and Program Development Manager Brittney Miller along with Program Faculty Dr. Silvana Constatinescu, and Laboratory Coordinator Thalia Jiminez.
The Biomedical Enrichment Program immerses students in a structured comprehensive curriculum designed for preparation for careers in BioMed / BioTech. Through their participation in the program, students will be matched with industry and research mentors, attend professional development workshops and biotech/biomed conferences, and receive workforce/internship opportunities. The inaugural cohort will conclude its first year by participating in a research symposium poster presentation in July 2023.
The Biomedical Enrichment Program is a part of a 5-year grant funded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Foundation. Hologic and Kaiser Permanente are also sponsors. The program leaders are intent to seek more funding to continue the program in the future.