Bioscience Institute

Learn about Bioscience!

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

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 Wake Forest science departments and learn from 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. Students explore how the field of bioscience has evolved from the physical sciences to innovative research and industry products, and procedures. Close collaboration and deeper engagement in the world of bioscience will allow students to see their futures – right now.

At A Glance


2023 Dates: July 9-14 or July 23-28

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

Overnight Tuition: $3,000

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

Program Length: Sunday – Friday

Overnight or Day: Overnight Program

*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 Biosciences and Engineering Institute participants.


What You’ll Experience

Topics Covered:

  • Basic Sciences (Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Engineering)
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Careers in Biosciences
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Progression of Clinical/Foundational Research to Industry

Hands-On Experiences:

  • DNA Extraction
  • Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine Simulations
  • Explore Cook Medical 
  • Engineering Design Team Project
  • Synthesis of Aspirin and Wintergreen Lab Experiment

*Hands-on experiences are subject to change.


Bioscience Institute Cost

Overnight | $3,000

Students Preforming an Experiment

A Day in the Life

  • 8:00 am – Morning Meeting and Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – Welcome and Pre-Lab Discussion – Technique and Procedures
  • 9:30 am – Synthesis of Aspirin and Wintergreen Lab Experiment
  • 11:30 am – Post Lab Discussion and Wrap-Up
  • 12:00 pm – Lunch with Wake Forest Undergraduate and Graduate Researchers
  • 1:00 pm – Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
  • 1:30 pm – Engineering Activity: Creating a Bionic Arm
  • 2:00 pm – Building and Testing Bionic Arm
  • 4:00 pm – Bionic Arm Competition 
  • 5:00 pm – Debrief for Next Day
  • 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 Your Academic Leader

Dr. Andrew St. James

Academic Leader, Bioscience Institute

Dr. St. James is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Biology Department at Wake Forest University where he teaches Microbiology and Biology of Soils. Dr. St. James received his BS in Biology from Georgia Tech in 2013 and his PhD in Microbiology from Cornell University in 2021. Dr. St. James’s research interests include microbial ecology, soil and wastewater microbiology, course-based undergraduate research experiences, and mastery learning.