Our Curriculum

In addition to their mentored research project, students in the Summer Scholars Program will learn more about the research process, hands-on instrumentation, bioethics, responsible conduct of research, effective oral and written communication, professional development and career opportunities. 

The program includes a curriculum for students that cover the research process, hands-on instrumentation, bioethics, responsible conduct of research and professional development:

  • Individually tailored research with faculty mentor(s)
  • Participation in the Annual Regenerative Medicine Essentials course.
  • Special seminars on alternating topics in regenerative medicine
  • Professional Development Workshops
  • Participation in weekly research meetings 
  • Participation in final research symposium and poster session
  • Social and networking events
  • Graduate and medical school advising
  • Scientific Communication and Publications skills with opportunities to attend and present at national scientific meetings

The program also offers students many professional development and networking opportunities as students participate in the annual Regenerative Medicine Essentials (RME) course led by WFIRM researchers and distinguished guest experts from around the world, attend special seminars on alternating topics in regenerative medicine and participate in skills development workshops topics related to technical communications skills (written and oral presentations) and strategies to prepare for and apply to graduate schools.

Opportunities for social interaction with each other as well as with the faculty and staff of WFIRM is also emphasized. These events are intended to help our students form relationships with fellow scientists and colleagues that will persist beyond their tenure at the institute. These events also represent an opportunity to experience some of the recreational assets that the Winston-Salem area has to offer.

WFIRM Summer Scholars Program

Through its Summer Scholars Program, the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) offers medical and undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in exciting multidisciplinary research. During the 10-week program, students conduct research projects under the supervision of WFIRM faculty and staff, attend trainings and seminars on regenerative medicine topics, and present research findings at a scientific poster session. Learn more from two Summer Scholars alumni as they discuss the program further in this video.
WFIRM Summer Scholars Program Challenges Slide