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BIOMED Summer Academy for High School Students

About Biomedical Engineering STEM Summer Camp

The BIOMED Summer Academy is a 1-week STEM program at Drexel University in Philadelphia that provides high school students with insight into one of STEMs most exciting fields, Biomedical Engineering. For July, 2020, there are three sessions available for the weeks of July 6-10, July 13-17, and July 20-24.

Participants will be introduced to laboratory and core research skills through interactive, hands-on learning activities such as making nanoparticles and measuring brain waves. Students will also have the opportunity to explore the booming biomedical industry through site visits, seminars, and presentations from industry experts.

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High School Student Eligibility

This STEM summer program in biomedical engineering is available to rising high school juniors and seniors in the Philadelphia area and beyond. Admission to the program is competitive. Students must have taken one year of biology and have some interest in math, engineering, or health and life sciences. Preference is given to students with outstanding GPAs and teacher recommendations.


Housing is not required for participation. Housing is handled separately with several available on-campus and off-campus options. Please contact each respective organization for cost and additional details:

  1. During any session, students 18 and older or those accompanied by an adult can stay in a Drexel University dormitory.
    Drexel Summer Intern Housing

  2. Housing is also available through Julian Krinsky Residential Services for students ages 14-18.
    Residential Services at UPenn

How to Apply

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The application deadline is May 1, 2020.

Program Cost

$1,200* includes lunch as well as all educational and laboratory supplies

*There are need-based scholarships available to students accepted to the BIOMED Summer Academy.

Need-Based Scholarship Information

Students will be selected to receive the scholarship based on financial need only. If you are interested in applying for the scholarship, the following information must be sent at the time of application:

  1. A 200-400 word essay, submitted in PDF format, explaining why you want to receive the scholarship and why you are a good candidate to receive the award. Please remember that scholarships are based on financial need.
  2. Current tax documentation as well as any other applicable information from your parent(s)/guardian(s) that demonstrates financial need.
  3. Please mail the information above to:
    Lisa Williams, Drexel University School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
    Bossone Research Enterprise Center Room 718
    3120 Market Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104
  4. Notification of scholarship decisions will be sent with program admission decision letters. Final deadline for all application materials is May 1, 2020.