Summer Scholars

Program Details

Summer 2016 Program Dates

The WFIRM Summer Scholars 10-week program begins Tuesday, May 30, 2016 and concludes on Friday, August 5, 2016. Applications for the 2016 WFIRM Summer Scholars program will be available on our website December 2, 2015. The deadline for submitting materials for the 2016 program will be February 5, 2016.

Program Details

Selected students are provided a competitive stipend for their participation in the 10-week program. A variety of activities for mentors and summer scholars include a welcoming reception during the WFIRM summer picnic, two day orientation, lab safety training, laboratory animal training, participation in select sessions within the annual Regenerative Medicine Essentials course, as well as special seminars on alternating topics in regenerative medicine to provide students a broad foundation of regenerative medicine principles and contemporary topics. Students are also provided support in honing their skills associated with providing scientific presentations, writing and publication skills and gain laboratory experience in basic techniques to improve their lab proficiency and learn to work in groups to design and accomplish an experimental goal. For the bulk of the 10-week program, students become immersed on a research project in a faculty lab receiving appropriate guidance from their faculty mentor and graduate or post-doctoral students in the lab. Students perform their own research and data analysis and present their findings at a formal scientific poster session at the conclusion of the program. Figure 1 below provides an overview of WFIRM faculty research interests in which summer scholars will become engaged. 

Examples of past projects include:

  • Generation of Thymus Tissue Ex Vivo
  • Effect of Small RNA on Muscle Development in Human Muscle Progenitor Cells
  • Imaging Cell Therapy for Cystic Fibrosis
  • Comparative Analysis of Cell Printing and Cell Spraying of Autologous Skin Cells onto Large Skin Wounds
  • Optimization of a 3D Bioprinted Trachea Implant
  • Engineering Functional Thymus Organoids
  • The Search for and Research of Suitable Cardiomyocytes for Heart Regeneration

Click here to review projects from the 2014 Summer Scholars program.
Click here to review projects from the 2015 Summer Scholars program.

Additionally, students will participate in a variety of activities to expand their knowledge of regenerative medicine and learn more about the lifestyle of graduate students, scientists, and researchers. These events include:


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Housing and Transportation Options

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Summer Scholars Program Contact/Information:
Joan F. Schanck, MPA



Quick Reference

Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Phone 336-713-7293
Fax 336-713-7290

Richard H. Dean Biomedical Building
391 Technology Way
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
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SRF Supports Summer Scholars Research

SRF Supports Summer Scholars Research

Select Summer Scholars engage in SRF sponsored research.

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