Bioscience Institute

Experimentation. Exploration. Innovation. The building blocks of science.

The Bioscience Institute at the Wake Forest Summer Immersion Program is an unforgettable summer experience for high school students. Gain hands-on experience on Wake Forest’s campus while discovering the field of bioscience.

At a Glance

2024 Dates: Week of June 9 – 14 and week of June 23 – 28.

Program Length: Overnight, Sunday – Friday

Tuition: $3,000

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

Who Can Apply?: Current 9th – 12th grade students

Online Immersion Program: Study online with Wake Forest anywhere, anytime, at your own pace.

*Courses carry no secondary school or college credit. Upon completion of the program, an official Wake Forest University Certificate of Completion will be awarded to all Bioscience Institute participants.

What You’ll Experience

Topics Covered:

  • Environmental Biology & Conservation
  • Linking Ecosystem Health to Human Health
  • Industrial Biology
  • Public Health and Epidemiology
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology

Hands-On Experiences:

  • Antibiotic profiling of isolated bacteria
  • Microscopy basics
  • Explore gardens and nature preserves 
  • Field trip to wastewater treatment plant
  • Animal dissections

A Day in the Life

Typical Daily Schedule
  • 8:00 am – Morning Meeting and Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – Welcome and Introduction
  • 9:30 am – Synthesis of Aspirin and Wintergreen Lab Experiment
  • 10:00 am – Topic: Introduction to Environmental Biology
  • 10:45 am – Break
  • 10:55 am – Demonstration: Microbiology of Soil
  • 11:15 am – Collection: Soil and Water Sample
  • 12:30 pm – Topic: Introduction to Sustainability and Plant-Forward Initiatives
  • 1:00 pm – Activity: Campus Garden Lunch
  • 1:15 pm – Lunch
  • 2:00 pm – Campus Garden Tour
  • 2:45 pm – Q&A
  • 3:15 pm – Lab: Isolation of Bacteria from Soil and Water
  • 4:15 pm – Debrief and Reflections
  • 5:30 pm – Dinner
  • 6:30 pm – Evening Activities
  • 7:30 pm – Free Time
  • 9:00 pm – Prepare for Bed
  • 10:00 pm – Lights Out

*The “A Day in the Life” sample schedule is subject to change. 

Meet the Academic Leader

Dr. Anna Parker

Academic Leader, Bioscience Institute

Dr. Parker is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Biology Department at Wake Forest University, where she teaches Field Biology and Evolution. Dr. Parker received her PhD in Biology from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2023, her MS in Zoology from the University of Wyoming in 2019, and her BS in Biology and BA in Chemistry from the University of Rochester in 2016. Dr. Parker researches the effects of global change on plant-insect interactions, and her teaching centers evidenced-based practices that improve equity, inclusion, and access.