Biosciences & Engineering Institute

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 biosciences and engineering fields have evolved from the physical sciences to innovative research and 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 11 – 16 and July 18 – 23

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

Program Length: Sunday – Friday 

Program Tuition: $2,700

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

Day or Overnight Program: Overnight

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*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
  • 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.

Biosciences and Engineering Institute Cost

Winston-Salem (Overnight) | $2,700

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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 Protocol
  • 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

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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 since 2011, Dr. Rudock has primarily been teaching Everyday Chemistry, General Chemistry, and Biochemistry. She 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.

Dr. Rudock’s research background is in the Human Molecular Genetics and Epigenetics of inflammation, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. Her current research project involves an assessment of <1400 metabolites in the blood serum of individuals with type 2 diabetes and artery calcification, in order to determine predictive measures of early cardiovascular disease in diabetics. We are also examining the metabolomics of artery calcification in patients with type 2 diabetes and chronic kidney disease and/or measures of meta-cognitive decline. Ultimately, her goal is to apply metabolomic methods to early diagnosis of pre-diabetes and arterial plaque formation.