Community - Pipeline Programs

Welcome to Pipeline Programs!

Charles R. Drew University of medicine and Science provides unique academic programs to expand the educational capacity of underrepresented youth to ensure their long-term success, health, and well-being. CDU currently offers Pre-K to 12th grade student’s pathway to careers in medicine, science, research and health through our various pipeline programs which include, Saturday Science Academy II, Project STRIDE, Opportunity Scholars Public Health Academy, Research Medical Careers Program and CDU Mobile STEM labs. All of the programs encourage students to become dedicated leaders in their field who strive to address social injustice, health inequities and disparities in underserved communities. CDU’s pipeline programs provide mentorship and inspirational experiences that form a foundation for minority youth to succeed and strengthen their academic skills.

Upcoming Events

CDU will be hosting a Senior Academy College Workshop for 11th and 12th grade students. We welcome parents/guardians and students to attend together. The workshop will take place on Saturday, December 8th from 9am-11am at CDU and will focus on financial aid, college advising, college admission and the college application process. Click here for RSVP

Thank you to all of our participants and volunteers for making our 9th Annual Let's Move a tremendous success! Please take a couple of minutes to fill out the participation and/or volunteer survey and be sure to check out the photo album.


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, math, biomedical engineering, physical science, plant life and marine biology, each in an 8-week academically rich learning intense program phase. Each phase is designed to introduce students to broad and in-depth subject area content thereby increasing their knowledge. Within this programmatic framework, complimentary
program activities are employed to maximize student learning outcomes and engage parents/caregivers.
During the summer, a 4-week mathematics program is provided to encourage reinforcement and retention of academic knowledge and skills gained throughout the academic year. SSA II also includes a College Readiness component, SAT preparation, Critical Thinking course, Parent workshops and field trips to supplement classroom learning with real world experiences. SSA II places 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.
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Opportunity Scholars Public Health Academy (PHA) is an enrichment program in which High School Students interested in improving community health through public health professions develop skills to prepare them for higher education and build networks within health professions. 10th-12th grade students accepted into this program participate in educationally enriching experiences that includes a paid 4-week summer program, internship, mentorship, tutoring, mental health course curriculum, SAT Preparation and college preparation courses.

To apply:

  • Opportunity Scholars Public Health Academy

President’s Scholars Program (PSP) is designed for 11th and 12 grade students who are interested in the health care fields. PSP offers a unique opportunity to develop leadership skills, help foster community engagement and reduce summer learning loss. The purpose of this program is to nurture students from the surrounding Watts/Willowbrook community who have a vested interested in health care and addressing disparities in the community. PSP provides a pathway into undergraduate educations though community engagement, experiential learning and lasting mentorship.

The program includes summer research, general education courses, mentorship, a $10,000 CDU scholarship and enrichment workshops. This program being with summer research, enrichment activities in the fall, and continues on with exposure to general education courses in the Spring semester. Any student who successfully completes the program is eligible to apply for the full ride presidential scholarship.

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Program Overview:

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Opportunity Scholars Program (OSP) is an enrichment program in which High School Students interested in the health professions develop skills to prepare them for higher education and build networks within health professions. 9th-12th grade students accepted into this program participate in educationally enriching experiences such as CDU lectures, community engagement, mentorship, and college preparation courses.

Students are eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science for each year they participate. 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.

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Project STRIDE (Students Training in Research Involving Disparity Elimination) is a 10-week summer health science immersion program that exposes and engages underrepresented 11th grade and former program alumni undergraduate students from the King/Drew Medical Magnet and Alliance Health Services Academy in 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. They learn how to write a scientific abstract, prepare a scientific PowerPoint presentation and make a scientific poster. Students participate in extra- curricular activities which enables them to demonstrate leadership skills, thinking, writing and language skills, interviewing skills and coping skills. They also receive in- depth SAT Prep Training.

To apply:

  • Project STRIDE

Research Medical Careers Program currently provides students from the King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science with mentoring opportunities and access to experiencebased learning in research environments including research laboratories at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Students are placed with a research mentor in the health professions one morning a week during the academic year. The program is designed to expose students to careers in medicine and science. Students gain valuable experience and develop a foundation of understanding of the various types of research and research careers. This program is for those students who are motivated and inspired to explore careers in the health field. Plans are to expand this program into other high schools in the future.

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.