SRF Education strives to create a well-trained generation of scientists who are familiar with, and invested in, regenerative medicine. It is the future scientists, doctors, and policy makers of this burgeoning new field who will create the paradigm shift in how academic institutions, pharmaceutical companies, and regulatory agencies look at treating the diseases of aging.
SRF Education offers several options for students interested in learning more about the SENS mission of preventing age-related diseases by treating the underlying molecular and cellular damage. Undergraduate students and recent graduates interested in conducting research are encouraged to inquire about our internship and fellowship programs. Recently, SRF launched a new program for high school students called the Research Integrated Science Education (RISE) Program. Made possible by a grant from Dalio Philanthropies, the RISE program anchors high school biology curriculum in aging-relevant research topics to create an inquiry-based curriculum that can be translated to remote learning. This Program will provide an alternative to classroom lab work that will include experimental planning and data interpretation framed within aging-related disease themed modules. It is our hope that this free curriculum can help ease the challenges of distance learning of lab concepts and eventually serve as a complement to hands-on laboratory exercises when full access to classrooms resumes.
SRF Education undergraduate programs primarily are designed to address two pressing needs in STEM education: the availability of novel, inquiry-based research opportunities and scientific communication skills. Whether a student plans to pursue postgraduate studies or apply for a research position at a pharmaceutical company, practical experience is key. However, research opportunities are limited at some colleges, and specific fields of research, such as tissue engineering, may be completely absent.
SRF Education sets itself apart from many other training programs with its focus on the development of scientific communication skills in addition to enhancing laboratory and critical thinking skills. Over the course of its educational programs, participants are guided through practical writing assignments that simulate documents scientists are often asked to produce, such as grant proposals. The communication training culminates in a formal presentation at a symposium where participants present the results of their work to their peers and mentors.
The SRF RISE Program anchors high school biology curriculum in aging-relevant research topics to create an inquiry-based curriculum that can be translated to remote learning through high quality video explanations, interactive student activities, and discussion-friendly slides.
The SRF Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship Program offers recent graduates a gap year option where they can strengthen their research and communication skills in preparation for such opportunities as graduate programs, medical programs, and biotech positions. Like the SRF Summer Scholars Program, the goal of the Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship Program includes assignments and training that hones writing and presentation skills. These training exercises are completed within the framework of a research project that the Fellow will be tasked with completing under the guidance of a scientific mentor.
The SRF Summer Scholars Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct biomedical research to combat diseases of aging, such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s Disease. Under the guidance of a scientific mentor, each Summer Scholar is responsible for his or her own research project in such areas as genetic engineering and stem cell research.
Student Speed Presentations
Faculty Presentation – Dr. Amit Sharma
Faculty Presentation – Dr. Hadi Rebbaa
Faculty Presentation – Dr. Khalid Shah
Since 2012, SRF Education has supported over a hundred students through funded placements at research institutions around the world. Our programs emphasize the development of both laboratory and communication skills to develop well-rounded future scientists, healthcare professionals, and policy makers.
Under the guidance of a world-class scientific mentor, each participant is responsible for his or her own research project in areas relevant to SENS Research Foundation’s mission to cure and prevent the diseases and disabilities of aging.
We’ve collected their accounts of their experiences and accomplishments in a new gallery page – take a look!