SRF Education FAQ
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- What is SRF Education?
SENS Research Foundation established SRF Education to provide educational material to help the public understand regenerative medicine research and prepare students for a future career in this field.
- I want to help SENS Research Foundation in the future as a researcher. What major should I pursue in college?
Any bioscience major, such as biology, biochemistry, or genetics, will start you on your journey to a career in regenerative medicine. However, if you wish to become a bench researcher, start looking for research opportunities. It’s never too early to look for a lab in which to conduct research. Take laboratory classes to sharpen your skills. Read about research being conducted at your school and then talk to the professors about your interest in their work. Getting an early start in a research lab will open more and more opportunities for you in the years to come.
- What are the eligibility requirement for becoming a member of SRF Education?
Any student interested in participating in one of the SRF Education programs should complete the membership form. Students interested in participating in one of our internship programs will need to complete the appropriate online application as well.
- Is there a registration or application fee to join SRF Education?
No. There are no fees of any kind.
- Can international students join SRF Education?
Absolutely. Many of our members are located outside of the United States. Our collaboration with the University of Oxford and The Centre for the Advancement of Sustainable Medical Innovation (CASMI) Translational Stem Cell Consortium offers students an opportunity to participate remotely in non-bench research projects. However, keep in mind that there are visa restrictions to participate in hands-on laboratory research at many of our host institutions.
- Can graduate or medical students join SRF Education?
Yes. All are welcome. Graduate and medical students may find the SRF-Oxford-CASMI Research Project an effective way to broaden their background knowledge or strengthen their understanding of a particular field.
- Can high school students join SRF Education?
Yes. Once admitted into SRF Education, high school students may wish to get advice applying to college and mentorship for entering the field of regenerative medicine. High school students are encouraged to watch the course lecture videos to learn more about our research. The SRF-Oxford-CASMI Research Project has been designed to allow students with limited access to research facilities and laboratory experience an opportunity to participate remotely in non-bench research projects.
- How much does it cost to view the SRF Education lecture videos?
All of our content is completely free. Teachers, please feel free to use the videos in coursework and contact us if you would like help incorporating them into your curriculum. We encourage all viewers to like the videos in YouTube and forward the links to anyone who might be interested in learning more about regenerative medicine.
- What are the requirements for conducting a research project?
See the SRF Summer Scholars Program homepage for any specific requirements, such as a student visa or enrollment at a particular university, to participate in our summer research projects. While SRF Summer Scholars typically have prior research experience, the SRF-Oxford-CASMI Research Project welcomes students of all background to participate. With only internet access as a prerequisite, this program aims to give students the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research, which will result in peer-reviewed publications.
- Can I work on a SRF laboratory research project?
The easiest way to participate in a SRF research project is to apply to the Summer Scholars Program, which offers a variety of research opportunities at leading universities and institutes worldwide. The application period for the program opens at the end of the prior calendar year with the online application available no later than December 1. Subscribe to the SRF newsletter or check the SRF Education website to learn more about the program and the precise launch of the online application. You can also learn about research projects that have been offered in the past on the alumni pages.