About Our Scholars
Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine has provided summer undergraduate research opportunities since its inception in 2004. Between 2004 - 2015 the Institute hosted more than 400 undergraduate students during both the summer and academic year. Just in the past five years, the Institute hosted over 250 undergraduates during the academic year and summer producing nearly 150 publications.
In 2007, the WFIRM Summer Scholar program became nationally advertised and has been run continuously ever since. Over the past eight years, a total of 148 undergraduates were competitively reviewed and selected to participate in the program. The students were studying in institutions across the country and their majors included biology, bio-technology, biomedical engineering, bioinformatics, pre-med, chemistry, biochemistry, psychology, computer science and mathematics.
Chart 1: Percentages of WFIRM Summer Scholars from NC versus non-NC/national recruits
Of those, 80% have reported completion of their undergraduate college degree, with about 74% of those who have completed either currently enrolled or graduated from Masters, PhD and MD programs in engineering, medicine, or related fields. Of those, 33 (22%) continue to complete their undergraduate programs with nearly all citing intentions to pursue post-graduate degrees as well as the Summer Scholars experience providing clarification of interests and subsequent career/education paths. 115 summer scholars (78%) have already earned undergraduate college degrees. Of the total 148 participants, responses of 78 are summarized with nearly half (43%) currently enrolled in or completed MD or PhD Program at a medical school, 28% currently enrolled in or completed graduate/PhD program and 28% currently employed with a BS in the Life Sciences field. Chart 2 below depicts the distribution of former alumni attending post-graduate education in NC, at WFU/WFSOM and other institutions in the US and abroad.
Post-Undergraduate Outcomes: Breakdown
of former alumni pursuing post-graduate
Summer Scholars Speak
Summer Scholars Spotlight
Amanda Paraluppi Bueno, 2015 Summer Scholars Alumni, won second place for her poster at the Rejuvenation Biotechnology Conference 2015 held August 19 – 21st in San Francisco. She is pictured below with one of her WFIRM mentors, Dr. Graca Almeida-Porada in front of her research poster titled Evaluation of the Therapeutic Potential of Immunomodulatory Endothelial Progenitor Cells in a Murine Model of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Amanda was presented the award by Kim Bure, Director of Regenerative Medicine at Sartorius Stedim Biotech and by Dr. Frances Colon, Acting Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary of State.