Summer Scholars Program
May 30 - August 4, 2017
Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine
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The ability to engineer functional tissues and organs in the laboratory requires the coordinated expertise of many disciplines including cell and molecular biology, chemistry, engineering, and physiology. Through its Summer Scholars Program, the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) offers medical and undergraduate students an opportunity to experience this exciting, multidisciplinary research, firsthand. The 2017 program will be held from Tuesday, May 30 through Friday, August 4, 2017. During the 10-week program, students accepted into the program will conduct an individually tailored research project under the supervision of WFIRM faculty and staff. Projects are focused in several areas including biomaterials, cell and molecular biology, physiology, biomedical engineering, controlled release systems, biochemistry, cell and gene therapy, and tissue engineering. Summer scholars receive a competitive stipend for the 10-week program. A variety of affordable housing options are also available within close proximity the WFIRM.
The Educational & Research Need
Much of today's K-16 curriculum is taught to students through textual materials. Although many of these materials are standards-based, the textual approach often leaves out the more exploratory, "how and why" of science. As a result, there is considerable room and need outside the traditional classroom-based environment to interest students in the wonders and "real world" applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Concomitantly, a significant challenge is the training of engineers and scientists in the field of regenerative medicine, which requires a multidisciplinary approach. We believe that by providing undergraduate students opportunities to engage in highly interdisciplinary, challenging areas regenerative medicine through a cross disciplinary, undergraduate research program under the supervision of world renowned regenerative medicine experts along with connections to continued, advanced education and career pathways, we can inspire and better prepare our next generation of talent needed to solve our most difficult problems and continue to advance the field to result in successful translation for patients.
The Program's Objectives
The program’s objectives include:
- Promoting independence through active participation with a research team/mentor,
- Exposing students to multidisciplinary research projects that address real-world clinical needs
- Developing ability to interact with other disciplines by providing training in a strong team-based environment
- Motivating and supporting students to successfully pursue graduate studies and careers in the biomedical sciences
- Encouraging the next generation of scientists and clinicians to pursue careers in regenerative medicine.
The program also offers students many professional development and networking opportunities as students participate in the annual Regenerative Medicine Essentials 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 is committed to providing research opportunities to all undergraduate and medical students, with special interest in applications from students who are typically under-represented within fields of science, technology, and engineering. These include African-Americans, Latino/Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders and disabled individuals. WFIRM is an equal opportunity employer.
Summer Scholars Program Contact/Information:
Joan F. Schanck, MPA