The San Gabriel Valley (SGV) Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Collaborative is a partnership between Duarte Unified School District and City of Hope, a comprehensive cancer center. The mission of the SGV SEPA Collaborative is to create a pipeline of students (especially underrepresented minority students) interested, engaged and prepared for biomedical research as a possible college and career choice.
The Collaborative has three aims:
- Establish a two-stage research education program for rising high school juniors and seniors.
- Establish a professional development program for K-12 teachers.
- Establish a K-8 research education program.
The program is funded in part by OD010513, a five-year, $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health running from May 2013 through April 2017. The program will run on a no-cost extension during the 2017–2018 school year.