The Burroughs Wellcome Fund Scholars Program is limited to the first 50 teachers who work at schools located in Tier 1 or Tier 2 North Carolina counties. Click here to determine whether your school's county is classified as Tier 1 or Tier 2. In addition to free registration, each Burroughs Wellcome Fund Scholar is eligible to receive substitute teacher reimbursement (up to $80 each day of the conference, not to exceed $160). Apply here.   


All scholars are required to attend both days of the conference and complete a program evaluation. Scholars are also required to attend all live plenary sessions where attendance will be collected (see below for the full list of the required sessions and start times). Failure to complete all the requirements will result in the forfeiture of your substitute reimbursement and $50 security deposit.

If you are a confirmed Burroughs Wellcome Fund Scholar, you will receive an email providing a form to be completed and submitted to be reimbursed for substitute teacher pay. 


Tuesday, October 26, 2021

  • 9:00 a.m. - Welcome and Introductions
  • 9:15 a.m. - Opening Keynote: DNA Analysis: What Companies like Ancestry and 23andMe Can and Can’t Tell Us about Who We Are (Tom Randall – NIEHS)
  • 12:15 p.m. - Munch and Mingle: Birds of a Feather Group Discussions
  • 12:45 p.m. - Lunch Keynote: 2021 STEM Workforce Spotlight: What North Carolina Students Need to Know Now (Laura Rowley – NCBC)
  • 2:20 p.m. – Afternoon Keynote: Design Thinking and Sustainable Development Goals (Nimmi Ramanujam – Duke University)

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

  • 9:00 a.m. - Welcome
  • 9:15 a.m. - Opening Keynote: COVID Vaccines, SARS-CoV-2 Variants and the Prospects for a Pancoronavirus Vaccine (Bart Haynes – Duke)
  • 12:00 p.m. - Lunch Keynote: Health Science Careers Panel Discussion


If you wish to cancel your registration, please contact Allender Lynch. Your deposit will be refunded in full if you cancel by October 18, 2021.

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