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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 STEM's most exciting fields, Biomedical Engineering. For July 2024, there are three sessions available for the weeks of July 8-12, 2024, July 15-19, 2024 and July 22-26, 2024.

Participants will be introduced to laboratory and core research skills through interactive, hands-on learning activities. Students will also have the opportunity to explore the booming biomedical industry through site visits, seminars, and presentations from industry experts. International applicants are welcome.

* Housing in the dorms is available for students who are unable to commute. An additional housing fee of $250 per week will be applied.


Student Testimonials

"For me, I noticed how deep research can take you. How complex these things are, and how we just barely scratched the surface of them to create a design. Because the more I looked stuff up the more things I found, and those things led to more. And, it was just a lot and so I learned to take that research, and boil it down to just the one thing I was looking for and the one thing I was trying to find. "

"I learned that there are so many unanswered questions or unanswered problems that you thought that there would be a previous fix to, but it turns out there wasn't. We chose our project to make a biodegradable because we thought, you know, it was a no-brainer to help the environment. But, there are always things out there that need to be bettered and fixed."

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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.

How to Apply

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The application deadline is April 1, 2024.

Program Cost


*Need-based scholarships are 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 note to apply for the scholarship within the application and/or email information to: Lisa T. Williams, Program Manager,
  4. Notification of scholarship decisions will be sent with program admission decision letters. Final deadline for all application materials 
    April 1, 2024.