BioQuest Academy

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

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About BioQuest

About BioQuest

Bioquest Academy: Education and Outreach mission is “Educate, train and promote college-readiness in ALL Washington teens including under-represented teens in the science of global infectious disease”

At the Center for Infectious Disease Research we are working on the edge of host-pathogen interactions to find the cures for global infectious diseases like HIV, TB, Malaria through of vaccines, drugs and interventions. At BioQuest we take the research done at the Center and deliver as curriculum to high school students and teachers, through our host of interconnected programs such as Teacher Workshops, Site visits and Summer Academy. We are proud to be a unique nationally recognized outreach program to be located within the footprint of an infectious disease research institute. Check out our 2015 Brag sheet to learn how we supported learning and career development last year.

Local companies and philanthropies and individuals give to our education program to ensure the sustainability of BioQuest Academy. Visit the CIDResearch GIVE page to learn how your gift can change local lives and global health.

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Site Exploration

BioQuest’s Site Explorations, specialized half-day job shadows for an entire class of high school students, are the ideal way to illuminate the connection between classroom course work and rewarding 21st century science careers. During the school day, a class of up to 30 high school students experience our Center's education and research labs for an introduction to global health, converse with Center for Infectious Disease Research scientists; and best of all, complete their day with a hands-on laboratory investigation in the BioQuest Discovery Lab. Contact if you would like to schedule a Site Exploration. Site explorations for the 2015-16 school year are currently full. Please reach out to us to let us know of your interest and we will add you to our teacher directory list who receive the most up-to-date information about upcoming site exploration and other resources.

Teacher Workshops

2015 Teacher workshop: Innovative Vaccines for Infectious agents was successfully completed February 4th, 2015. 32 teachers from across the state of Washington attended. Supported by the Amgen foundation this workshop featured a electric discussion in system’s biology and infectious disease titled Innovative vaccines for Infectious disease.

Bioquest Summer Academy

More information about summer Academy programming can be found in the About Tab and in the extended section in the For Students tab. Regarding the Teacher recommendation for the the summer Academy, if your student has nominated you, we will send you an email will the link to submit the nomination. Please contact us at for further questions.

Global Health Curriculum:
Our varied curricular resources will be posted soon!

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Passionate about Infectious Disease?
Want to be part of a research team investigating causes and cures for Infectious disease?

Summer Academy is a big first step in that direction!

Top reasons to apply for the 2017 Summer Academy:

  1. Become familiar with working in an research lab environment and gain hands-on experience.
  2. Learn about what you want to do with your future and possible careers.
  3. Increase knowledge of global health.
  4. Discover options for college and scholarships.
  5. It’s interesting, fun and a great experience. You get to work with other teens who want to make a difference in the world.

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  • High school juniors (rising seniors during the summer Academy)
  • Attending high school in Washington state
  • Ability to travel to Seattle to attend the program

2017 Academy session dates and a sneak peak into what you will experience. Check it out before you apply!!.

Applications are due by Sunday, April 16, 2017 (5 PM Pacific time).



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BioQuest Academy 2017 Applications are now open!

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, April 16, 2017 (5 PM Pacific time).

BioQuest Academy is open to ALL juniors (graduating class of 2018) attending high school the state of Washington .

At BioQuest Academy we value Diversity. Do you belong to an under-served group? These include ethnic minorities in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) such as African American, Hispanic, Native American, Alaskan Natives, Pacific Islanders and other under-served groups such as first generation students seeking college, low income groups, fostered youth, refugee youth, women and others. We strongly encourage you to apply if you belong to these groups.

Things to consider before you apply: Visit our newly updated For Students tab to understand our program.

The Academy application requires you to provide us the name and contact information of a teacher/mentor who will be able to fill out a form to recommend you.

Check back for more details about the session dates or follow us on our Facebook page for up-to-date information.

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