BioQuest Academy


BioQuest Academy’s mission is to educate, train and promote college-readiness in Washington teens, especially under-represented groups, on the science of global infectious disease.

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About BioQuest


At the Center for Infectious Disease Research, we are working on the edge of host-pathogen interactions to make transformative scientific advancements that lead to the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. BioQuest takes the research done at the Center and delivers it as curriculum to high school students.

BioQuest Academy graduates are doing amazing things all over the world. Preparing Academy participants to pursue STEM education in college is a fundamental pillar of the program. More than 90% of our students from the 2014 sessions have graduated from local and premier colleges around the country – including the University of Washington, Washington State University, Yale, Cornell, Harvard and Stanford. They are National Merit Scholars, BioGenius finalists and Presidential Scholars.

Join our donors who give to our education program to ensure the sustainability of BioQuest Academy. Visit the Center's donation page to support local kids and their pursuit of STEM education.

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Teachers from across Washington State heighten their students’ awareness of 21st century STEM careers by bringing their students on site visits at the Center. Additionally, site explorations serve as recruiting opportunities for channeling students into the Center’s immersive BioQuest Academy. These programs give Washington-based students highly mentored experiences, and significantly contribute to these students’ progress into STEM college majors and subsequent careers.

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BioQuest Academy offers students a two week summer immersion program in a real-world lab setting with exposure to some of the most advanced research in the field of infectious diseases. The rigorous curriculum is designed to prep students for STEM education in college settings. If you are a rising senior in a Washington public school who is interested in furthering your scientific education in college, BioQuest could be a great opportunity to advance your academic pursuits.

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The application cycle for Summer 2015 is closed. Please check back in the fall to apply for Summer 2016.

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