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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.

About BioQuest
For Teachers
For Students
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 support learning and career development.

Local companies and philanthropies and individuals give to our education program to ensure the sustainability of BioQuest Academy.

Check out students perceptions videos on our training and education.

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For Teachers

For Teachers

Site Exploration for Teachers

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.

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.

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

For Students

For Students

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!

Applications are now CLOSED for the Summer 2018 Academy. (updated May 31, 2018)

Academy hours are 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM daily. (Session 1: June 25-July 6 (including Independence Day) | Session 2: July 16-July 27 | Session 3: August 6- August 17)

Top reasons to apply for 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.


  • High school juniors (rising seniors during the summer Academy/you'll be a senior in the fall)
  • Attending high school in Washington state
  • Ability to travel to Seattle to attend the program

Get a sneak peak into what you will experience.



More resources and career guidance links are coming soon!

Community and Foundation Scholarships

University Scholarships



The application period for Summer 2018 is now closed.

Summer 2018 Sessions

  • Session 1: June 25-July 6 (including the 4th of July/Independence Day) | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM daily
  • Session 2: July 16- July 27 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM daily
  • Session 3: August 6- August 17 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM daily

BioQuest Academy is open to ALL current juniors attending high school in 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, 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.

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