About Our Scholars
Over the past seven years, a total of 127 undergraduates have participated in the WFIRM Summer
Scholars program. The students were studying in institutions
across the country. Students’ 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 and non-NC/national recruits
2007 to 2014, 127 students participated. Of those, 49 (38%)
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. Seventy-eight (61%) have already earned undergraduate
college degrees. Of the total 127 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
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