|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 Open Now.
Deadline to Apply: January 4, 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).
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.
|Online Application Opens||November 15, 2020|
|Application Deadline||January 4, 2021|
|Notifications Begin||February 12, 2021|
|Notifications End||All applicants will be notified by March 12, 2021|
|Program Start Date||June 1, 2021|
|Program End Date||August 6, 2021|
Each of the essay questions should be answered separately with each response limited to 500 words in length. Do not exceed the word limit.
Are letters of recommendation or transcripts required?
Yes. We must receive an official transcript of your undergraduate study to date and two letters of recommendation before the application deadline.
Who should write a letter of recommendation on my behalf?
Letters of recommendation could be written by professors related to your major, an advisor, and/or department chair. We encourage you to find individuals who can best speak to
your qualifications, character, interest and commitment to engaging in research and advance education and training in STEM disciplines broadly, as well as and to extent possible, regenerative medicine more specifically.
How should I submit my Letter(s) of Recommendation and Official Transcript?
Letters of recommendation and official transcripts may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or postal mailed to: Attn: Joan F. Schanck, MPA, Director, Summer Scholar Program
Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Wake Forest University Health Sciences, 1 Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157-7290
Will I be penalized if my recommendation letter is sent in late?
Yes. All application materials, including letters of recommendation and transcripts, must be submitted on or before the January 4, 2021 application deadline. Letters of recommendation will
not be accepted after the due date. Your application will not be reviewed if it is not complete; including the letters of recommendation.
What is the minimum GPA for acceptance?
Cumulative GPA of 2.85 or higher (on the 4.0 scale).
Can I mail a hard copy of my application?
No. We cannot accept hard copies of applications. Only online applications will be reviewed; however, official transcripts and letters of recommendation may be emailed or postal mailed as
Do you have to be a U.S. citizen to apply?
In order to be eligible, you must be U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S. or be eligible to work in the U.S.at WFIRM for the 10-week summer program. International students who currently
have a J-1 or F-1 visa and who are already attending school in the United States are also eligible to apply.
Do you have to be in college to apply?
Yes. You must be currently enrolled at time of application in a degree-granting program at an undergraduate college, community college or university in the U.S., Puerto Rico or other U.S.
Are there any age restrictions?
Yes. Applicants must be 18 years of age on or before the first day of the 10-week summer scholars program, and meet the following additional criteria:
- Have completed at least two semesters of undergraduate education by the start of the 2021 Summer Scholar Program
- Committed/Interested in pursuing Post-graduate education
When will I be notified of acceptance?
Decisions start mid-February and will continue until all scholars have been selected. All applicants will be notified by March 12, 2021
What are the dates of the program?
The dates for the program will be between June 1ˢᵗ and August 6ᵗʰ, 2021.
What are the program requirements?
- 10 weeks of research
- Professional development seminars/training/workshops and RME course
- Final Research Day Oral Presentation and Poster
What are the program objectives?
- To introduce students to the field of regenerative medicine and broaden their knowledge
- To enhance students’ excitement and sustained interest in research at the intersection of engineering and medicine with focus on the field of regenerative medicine
- To cultivate meaningful relationships between the interns, graduate student and faculty mentors
- To foster skill transference and exposure to modern instrumentation, and rigorous analysis methods
- To educate students about the societal impact of their research
- To provide opportunities to enhance communication skills
- To develop interest and excitement for team-based studies and advanced education
Will I do collaborative or individual work?
There will be opportunities for both collaborative and individual work.
Do I need prior experience in the project research field?
No prior experience is required.
May I also take summer classes?
We strongly prefer for our students to not take summer courses so they can concentrate on the internship and participate in all program activities.
If I’ve already participated in the WFIRM Summer Scholars Program, can I apply again?
Yes, if you continue to meet all eligibility requirements, you may apply even if you’ve previously been through the program.
If I cannot stay for the entire duration of the program, may I still apply?
You are required to participate in the full length of the program.
Do I need to bring a car?
We recommend bringing a vehicle; however, carpooling with other students is always possible and there is a shuttle service and public transportation in the region. Past students have
found having a car or carpooling advantageous.
I am bringing a car. Do I need to purchase a parking permit?
No. Parking permits will be provided.
Are there any observed holidays during the summer?
Yes, July 4ᵗʰ is an observed holiday.
What type of housing is available?
Housing allowance provided based on funding source. Housing is available through the Wake Forest University Reynolda campus (dormitory style) along with other options across the region.
Information supplied upon selection.
Are travel expenses covered?
No, travel expenses are not paid by the program.
How much will I be paid?
You will be paid a $5,000 stipend.
What should I wear?
A business casual dress code is recommended.
How many students typically apply?
More than 400 students applied to the program in 2019.
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Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is about a 90-minute drive to WFIRM.
Raleigh-Durham Airport (RDU) is about a 2-hour drive to WFIRM.
There are shuttles to and from GSO, CLT and RDU to Wake Forest in addition to Ride Share services.