About Our Scholars
The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) has provided summer undergraduate research opportunities since its inception in 2004. Between 2004-2016, WFIRM hosted more than 425 undergraduate students during both the summer and academic year.
In 2007, the WFIRM Summer Scholar program became nationally advertised and has been run continuously ever since. Over the past nine years, a total of 166 undergraduates were competitively reviewed and selected to participate in the program. The students participants represented a diverse group 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 these, 131 (79%) reported completion of their undergraduate degree, with 118 (71%) of those who have completed either currently enrolled or graduated from Masters, PhD and MD programs in engineering, medicine, or related fields. Of those 35 (21%) who continue to complete their undergraduate programs, nearly all (33/94%) cite intentions to pursue post-graduate degrees as well as the WFIRM Summer Scholars experience as motivating factor providing clarification of interests and integral support to successfully pursue successful matriculation into post-graduate degree programs. 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
2016 Summer Scholars Present at TERMIS 2016 in San Diego
(pictured left to right: Meghan Davis and Ryan Leung, Summer Scholars c/o 2016)
Meghan Davis (pictured above), Loyola University, Biology undergraduate and WFIRM 2016 Summer Scholar was selected to present her poster for her 2016 summer project entitled, "NgAgo: A Promising Protein for Gene Editing". Ms. Davis was mentored by Dr. Baisong Lu, PhD, Assistant Professor at WFIRM.
Ryan Leung, Tufts University BME Undergraduate and WFIRM 2016 Summer Scholar was awarded 1st Place in the Student and Young Investigator Section for his 2016 summer project entitled, “Functional Ovarian Tissue Construct with Engineered Multi-layered Follicles that Secrete Sex Hormone”. Mr. Leung was mentored by James Yoo, MD, PhD, Professor, Associate Director, CSO and John Jackson, PhD, Associate Professor at WFIRM.