The WFIRM Summer Scholars 2021 program is a 10 week program (June 1, 2021 to August 6, 2021) focused on multidisciplinary regenerative medicine research.  Secondary to the COVID pandemic, the 2020 program was cancelled with the 17 selected to participate joining instead Summer 2021.  As such, while we are excited to announce new recruitment with on-line applications opening on November 15, 2020,  we are limited to 8 new positions.  Historically, the program has been highly competitive attracting a large applicant pool.  We offer this perspective to not dissuade, but to advise of the increased competitiveness. With an ongoing commitment to supporting and engaging our next generation of scientists, technicians, engineers, clinicians, etc., who will be required to continue to both advance, develop and deliver new RM therapies and treatments, we look toward a successful 2021 program.

Summer Scholar 2021 Program on-line Applications Now Closed.
All applicants will be notified by March 12, 2021

Through its Summer Scholars Program, the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) offers undergraduate students an opportunity to engage in exciting, multidisciplinary research firsthand at the interface of engineering and biology in challenging areas of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine (TERM). Summer scholars will receive a $5,000 stipend for their participation in the 10-week program.

Much of today's K-16 curriculum is taught to students through textual materials. Although many of these materials are standards-based, a textual approach often leaves out the "how and why" of science. There is considerable room and need outside the traditional classroom-based environment to interest students in the wonders and "real world" applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

WFIRM Summer scholars in lab 2019

Caption: 2019 - WFIRM Summer Scholars

Concomitantly, a significant challenge is the training of engineers and scientists in the field of regenerative medicine, which requires a multidisciplinary approach. We believe that by providing undergraduate students with opportunities to engage in a highly interdisciplinary, undergraduate research program under the supervision of world-renowned regenerative medicine experts, as well as providing them with connections to continued, advanced education and career pathways, we can inspire and better prepare our next generation of talent needed to solve our most difficult problems and continue to advance the field to result in successful translation for patients.

During the 10-week program, students accepted into the program conduct an individually tailored research project under the supervision of WFIRM faculty and staff. Projects are focused in several areas including biomaterials, cell and molecular biology, physiology, biomedical engineering, controlled release systems, biochemistry, cell and gene therapy and tissue engineering. Undergraduate students accepted into the program will carry out research under the supervision of prominent biomedical scientists, write a research summary, conduct an oral presentation, and have the opportunity to see their work published.

WFIRM Summer Scholars

2018 WFIRM Summer Scholars reflect on their experience at Wake Forest School of Medicine.