BioFORCE Summer Academies


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BioFORCE is a residential STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) summer program of the National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing that exposes high school students to the amazing process of how cutting-edge research and medical discoveries become new drugs and pharmaceutical treatments.  BioFORCE prepares students for college programs in engineering and science and helps them discover their potential to become a scientist who creates a blockbuster, life-saving medicine or an engineer who manufacturers disease-eradicating vaccines!  

June 17-21, 2018 - BioFORCE I: Today's Medicine  ♦♦♦  Examine the drug development cycle and pharmaceutical production process, tour facilities that do cutting-edge medical research and pharmaceutical manufacturing, and perform a series of hands-on labs in bacterial transformation, production and purification.   

July 8-12, 2018 - BioFORCE II: Tomorrow's Medicine  ♦♦♦  Learn about advances in regenerative and personalized medicines and stem cell therapies, tour pharmaceutical companies and Texas A&M research labs, and perform a series of hands-on labs in antibody-based protein analysis.   

July 22-26, 2018 - BioFORCE III: My Role in the Future of Medicine  ♦♦♦  Identify educational pathways to a career in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, meet with university admissions advisors, and perform a series of hands-on labs in cell culturing, plasmid isolation and quantification, and environmental monitoring.   


BioFORCE Summer Academies are partially-funded by the Texas Workforce Commission’s Summer Merit Program. As such, we are required to verify the eligibility of all participants. If you are selected to participate in BioFORCE, you must meet the minimum eligibility criteria:

•  Have a GPA of at least 2.75

•  Be between the ages of 13 and 18 years of age at the time of enrollment in the program

•  Be a United States Citizen or permanent resident

•  Be in compliance with the United States Selective Service regulations, if applicable (males only). All male U.S. Citizens who are 18 through 25 are required to register with the U.S. Selective Service.


BioFORCE is designed to provide lasting experiences for participants that will capture their interest, motivate them to achieve excellence, and build their awareness of opportunities in STEM careers, especially biotechnology.  NCTM has historically utilized financial support it has received through its annual fundraising efforts to execute its BioFORCE program including lodging, meals, program supplies and lab materials.  These grants are decreasing, so in order to sustain BioFORCE, a program fee (tuition) has been initiated for summer 2018 in the amount of $250.  However, there are limited resources available to provide a scholarship for those with financial need.  Please contact Program Director for eligibility requirements.