2024 Summer Program Updates
Virtual Academy for Middle and High School Students: The 2024 Virtual Academy for Middle and High School Students will be held July 15 – 18, 2024. The Virtual Academy also includes an "optional" half day of programming with workshops, demos and tour on-site at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) on July 19, 2024. This program connects students from the region, across the US and globe.
4-week Mentored Summer Research Exposure Program for High School Students: The 2024 Mentored Research Exposure Program format offers high school students (ages 16-18) a multidisciplinary education, 4-week faculty-mentored regenerative medicine research exposure experience. The program is will be held June 24th to July 19, 2024. Space is limited with 8-10 positions available.
The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) Summer Research Exposure Program (SREP) offers high school students (ages 16-18) two regenerative medicine summer program opportunities:
1-Week Virtual Regenerative Medicine Academy for middle and high school students engages students (ages 14-18) from across the US and globe in research and technologies associated with the regenerative medicine field while they simultaneously dive deeper into career and educational pathways with access to world-class faculty researchers, industry professionals and near-peer mentors coupled with half day on-site, hands-on workshop. High school students (ages 16-18) are also eligible. to apply for a 4-week, hands-on faculty-mentored regenerative medicine research experience at WFIRM.
4-Week Summer Research Exposure Program for High School Students provides high school students (ages 16-18) with educational and hands-on, mentored research/shadowing experiences with WFIRM faculty researchers and their teams. The program is designed to increase students' familiarity with the scientific process and the RM field. We also seek to stimulate high school students' interest in advanced education and careers in STEM disciplines and biomedical research in a friendly and nurturing environment. The experience also "science" works in the real world.
Academic, Social and Personal
- Exposure to regenerative medicine research with WFIRM faculty, students and staff in a strong team-based environment.
- Attend the annual Regenerative Medicine Essentials Course as well as special seminars and weekly research meetings.
- Meet and network with peers and near-peers who have similar interests and goals.
- Heighten and inspire interest and academic confidence in STEM disciplines.
- Gain unique research experience and skill development.
- Become more competitive when applying to undergraduate schools in the STEM disciplines.
Virtual Academy 2024 for Middle and High School Students
July 15 – 18, 2024
- July 15 to 18, 2024: Virtual Academy held (anticipate 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily)
- July 19, 2024: "Optional" On-site workshops, tours and graduation at WFIRM
High School 4-Week Summer Research Exposure Program
June 24 – July 19, 2024
- June 24 and 25, 2024: Lab Orientation and Training
- June 25 to July 19, 2024: Research Exposure with Mentor – weekly schedule and hours to be determined at mentors' discretion (avg. 20 – 30 hours per week)
How To Apply
The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) has initiated new opportunities for middle and high school students to explore the world of regenerative medicine and technologies while they simultaneously dive deeper into career and educational pathways with access to world-class faculty researchers and their team.
Application Process and Key Dates: Online application directions announced on February 1, 2024. Application deadline for both programs is April 15, 2024.
Special Note: If you are selected to participate in the 4-week program (ages 16 to 18 only) at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) Summer Research Exposure Program (SREP) you will also be responsible for providing required immunization records.
To apply to the Virtual Academy for Middle and High School Students, complete the online application posted on February 1, 2024.
To apply to the 4-week High School Summer Research Exposure Program at WFIRM (ages 16 to 18 only), complete the online application form by March 15, 2024, and complete materials in the High School Application Packet with the two completed recommendation forms through U.S. postal mail, with postmark date no later than March 15, 2024.
Submitting an Application to the 4-Week SREP Program
To review the 4-week High School Summer Research Program application process, download the High School 4-week Research Application Packet.Required Documentation for the 4-week High School Program Only
- Completed online application form
- Completed materials and forms found in the High School Application Packet
- Signed agreement and parental consent form
- Teacher recommendation form (two recommendations required)
After completing the online application, complete each form included in the packet and mail the completed packet no later than 5 p.m. on April 15, 2024, to:
Joan F. Schanck, MPA, Chief Education Program Officer
Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Note: If you're selected to participate in the SREP at WFIRM you'll be responsible for providing immunization records and documentation of a tuberculosis (TB) skin test by May 10, 2023.
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