Biosciences & Engineering Institute

Experimentation. Exploration. Innovation. The building blocks of science – hands-on.

The frontier of science and technology has rarely been as exciting as it is today. Students will have the opportunity to work with esteemed faculty in the chemistry department, research mentors, and industry professionals who have taken cutting-edge research and seen it materialize in the real-world. Investigate the pathway from basic science research to tissue engineering, with hands-on workshops, experiments and tours of cutting edge facilities. Students explore how the Biosciences and Engineering field has evolved through physical sciences to innovative research, industry products, and procedures. Close collaboration and deeper engagement in the world of Biosciences and Engineering will allow students to see their futures – right now.

At a Glance


Dates: July 8-13, 2018 or July 22-27, 2018 

Eligibility: Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors in high school and incoming college freshmen

Program Length: 1-week sessions

Program Tuition: $2,250

Location: Winston-Salem, NC – Wake Forest University Reynolda Campus

Residential or Non Residential: Residential

*Courses carry no secondary school or college credit. Upon completion of the program, an official Wake Forest University certificate of achievement will be awarded to all Biosciences and Engineering Institute participants.

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What You’ll Experience

Topics Covered

  • Basic Sciences (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Engineering)
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Careers in Biosciences
  • Clinical/Foundational Research
  • Nanotechnology
  • Structural Biology and X-Ray Crystallography
  • BioMedical Engineering
  • Progression of Scientific Research to Industry

Hands-On Experience:

  • Experiential and Hands-On Learning
  • Tour Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biomechanical and Animal Research Labs
  • Participate in Chemistry Labs
  • Center for Nanotechnology
  • Center for Structural Biology and X-Ray Crystallography
  • Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine
  • CAD and 3-D Modeling
  • 3D Printing Technologies
  • Cook Medical Excursion

Biosciences and Engineering Institute Costs:

Reynolda Campus (Residential Program) | $2,250

A Day in the Life

  • 8:00 – 9:00 am- Arrive and Breakfast
  • 9:00-9:30 am – Welcome and Pre-Lab Discussion – Technique and Protocol
  • 9:30 – 10:30 am – Regenerative Medicine 101 Lab
  • 10:30 – 11:15 am – Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) Lab Overview and Tour
  • 11:15 – 12:15 pm – Demos/Rotations
    • Biomaterials in Regenerative Medicine Station
    • 3D Bioprinting of Tissues and Organs
    • Body-on-a-chip and Microscale Tissue Models
    • Kidney Regeneration and Ovary Project
    • Nerve Regeneration, MSCs for Neuroinflammation and Nerve Regeneration
    • SC Therapy for TX of Inflammatory Disease
  • 12:15 – 1:15 pm – Lunch with Q&A Panel
  • 1:15 – 1:45 pm – Travel to Wake Downtown
  • 1:45 – 2:45 pm – Use of Animal Models in Biomedical Research
  • 3:00 – 4:30 pm – Nanotechnology and the Future of Medicine
  • 4:30 – 5:30 pm – Debrief for next day
  • 5:30 – 6:30 pm – Dinner
  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm – Evening Activities
  • 7:30 – 9:00 pm – Free time
  • 9:00 – 10:00 pm – Prepare for Bed
  • 10:00 pm – Lights Out

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Dr. Megan Rudock

Academic Leader, Biosciences and Engineering Institute

Dr. Megan Rudock earned her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Georgia, with research focused in biochemistry and molecular biology. Megan then earned her Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Genomics at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, where her doctoral research focused on population genetics and the biochemical and molecular pathways leading to subclinical atherosclerosis and insulin resistance.
As a member of the teaching faculty in the Chemistry Department, Dr. Rudock is interested in comparing the effectiveness of discovery-based teaching methods, such as Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) and Flipped Classroom models, with more traditional teaching methods in general chemistry courses. Current research indicates that teaching-by-telling does not work for many students. In many cases, students enjoy learning more and develop a greater ownership of material when they are given the opportunity to construct their own understanding.