Biosciences & Engineering Institute

Biosciences & Engineering Institute

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

Investigate the pathway from basic science research to tissue engineering and biotech, with hands-on workshops, experiments and tours of cutting edge facilities. 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. Students will have the opportunity to see the Biosciences and Engineering field evolve through the basic sciences to innovative research to industry products and procedures. Students will have closer collaboration and deeper engagement in the world of BioSciences and Engineering allowing them to see their futures – right now.

At a Glance

Dates: July 9th -14th, 2017 and July 23rd-28th, 2017

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

Program Length: 1 week sessions

Program Tuition: $2,250

Location: Winston-Salem, NC – Wake Forest University 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.



What You’ll Experience

Topics Covered

  • Basic Sciences (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Engineering)
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Careers in Biosciences
  • Foundational Research
  • Nanotechnology
  • Structural Biology and X-Ray Crystallography
  • BioMedical Engineering
  • Clinical/Translational Research
  • 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
  • Biobots
  • LabCorps Excursion

BioSciences and Engineering Institute Costs:

Reynolda Campus (Residential Program) | $2,250

A Day in the Life

  • 9:00-9:30 am – Arrival, Light Breakfast, Journal Writing
  • 9:30 – 11:00 am – Chemistry Lab
  • 11:00 – 12:00 pm – Visit/ Tour of WFIRM
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm – Lunch
  • 1:00 – 3:00 pm – 3-D Printing and Regenerative Medicine Workshop
  • 3:00 – 4:30 pm – Biobots Workshop
  • 4:30 – 5:30 pm – Talk on Nanotechnology and Innovation
  • 5:30 – 6:30 pm – Dinner
  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm – Evening Activities
  • 7:30 – 9:00 pm – Free time
  • 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Prepare for Bed
  • 10:00 pm – Lights Out


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.