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Summer Scholars Program

Program Details

Summer Scholars 2018

May 31 - August 8, 2018

Program Details  

Selected students are provided a $5,000 stipend for their participation in the 10-week program. A variety of social and professional development activities include a welcoming reception during the WFIRM summer picnic, lab safety training, laboratory animal training, participation in 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 multidisciplinary 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. Strategies to prepare for and apply to graduate schools is also emphasized. Opportunities for social interaction with each other as well as with the faculty, graduate and postdoctoral trainees and staff of WFIRM is highlighted over the course of the summer.  These events are intended to help our students form relationships with fellow scientists and colleagues to assist them in charting and pursuing their educational and career pathways and persist well beyond their tenure at the institute. Figure 1 below provides an overview of WFIRM faculty interests in which summer scholars will become engaged.

Examples of past Summer Scholars’ project titles are listed below.

  • 3D Printing of Neuronal and Brain Tissue
  • Optimization of PCL/TCP Composition for In Vitro Bone Bioprinting Applications
  • Functional Ovarian Tissue Construct with Engineered Multilayered Follicles that Secrete Sex Hormones
  • Biomarkers for Predicting Differentiation Potential of IPSCS
  • 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
  • Microfluidic Encapsulation of Mesenchymal Stem Cells for Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes
  • Fabrication of Vascular Renal Constructs with Accelerated Angiogenic Activity
  • Optimizing the Bone-Implant Interface for Amputee-Related Injuries

Click here to review projects from the 2017 Summer Scholars program.
Click here to review projects from the 2016 Summer Scholars program. 
Click here to review projects from the 2015 Summer Scholars program.
Click here to review projects from the 2014 Summer Scholars program.



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



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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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