About Bioquest


Information for Parents

For secondary students, exposure to an authentic laboratory environment, hands-on investigations and interaction with scientists can be life changing. While most education leaders recognize this impact, fewer and fewer opportunities exist today for teens to safely access the inspirational impact of authentic scientific working environment. Our experience with over 350 Academy students since 2005 shows us that the BioQuest Academy science immersion experience helps participants understand the nature of scientific research, increases their knowledge of global health and environments. The science of infectious diseases is a compelling topic for adolescents. Young adults positively respond to career and education materials that connect to careers/activities that have the ability to provide infectious disease and their awareness of biomedical and STEM career pathways, as well as their entry into and persistance in these fields. Please visit the other sections of this website to find detailed information of each of our programs.

In 2010 we published our observations from the first 5 years of BioQuest Academy scientific training and thoughtful mentorship.

Academy graduates are doing amazing things all over the world! College is a priority topic at the Academy. More than 90% of our oldest Academicians (those from the 2005 sessions) have graduated from local and premier colleges around the country including University of Washington, Washington State, Yale, Cornell, Harvard and Stanford. Our graduates include National Merit Scholars, Biogenius finalists and Presidential Scholars — as well as published scientists and leaders in their college communities.

History of the BioQuest Academy

The BioQuest Academy was launched in 2005 as a week-long program funded by the Ginger and Barry Ackerley Foundation, the Byron and Alice Lockwood Foundation and other BioQuest donors. While hundreds of Northwest teens visit Center for Infectious Disease Research through the BioQuest Site Explorations (link) program, the Academy provided the ideal immersion portal for those students with a predilection for science and global health. In 2007 we were awarded a Science Education Partnership award from the National Center for Research Resources, allowing the Academy to transition to a nationally-recognized, two-week program that through dedicated mentorship allows a mosaic of teens from Puget Sound to engage and learn from graduate level laboratory investigators. To find out how you can invest in the future leaders of global health, visit CIDResearch GIVE page.