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Professional Development

BioInspired CAREER Pre-College Program

July 25, 2022July 29, 2022 EDT

Virtual (See event details)

Career Acceleration via Rigorous Educational Experiences in Research (CAREER)

The Institute is excited to present a 1-week, virtual pre-college program for incoming underrepresented minority and military veteran first-year students expecting to major in STEM disciplines. The highly interactive program will bring together participants from several  institutions, giving students a supportive network at their university and those of the partnering institutions with whom to start college together.

Our partner institutions are North Carolina A&T and Hampton University, strengthened by a decade of collaborative educational programs among the leaders of CAREER. Instructors are research-active faculty at the BioInspired Institute, NCAT, and HU. Additional partners include the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) at Syracuse and Hampton and Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) at NCAT.

Two faculty members in a discussion with a student in front of a microscope.

Program Highlights:

  • Building your STEM identity
  • Virtual activities, including: neuroscience, advanced manufacturing, and data visualization
  • Professional development activities:  networking, writing a personal statement, succeeding in college
  • Research lightning talks from faculty and student researchers
  • Academic year research and mentor matchmaking
  • Career pathways and life after college


  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident and African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; or a U.S. Military Veteran.
  • Have expressed interest in pursuing a baccalaureate degree in any science, technology, engineering, or mathematics field.
  • Agree to attend all CAREER workshops the week of July 25-29, 2021, from 10 am – 3 pm every day.


Our application  is designed to be easy and fast, with just a few demographic questions and two short essay questions. Your application will be reviewed by our team on a rolling basis, so apply now! Any questions about the application or the program may be directed to

Program Schedule

We know many of you are struggling with Zoom fatigue, so we will include frequent breaks. Also, the programming will be highly interactive to keep you engaged and learning! A rough schedule of the activities is shown here, but timing is subject to change.

This event was published on June 14, 2022.

Event Details