BCAP Summer Program Wraps Up its 7th Year

This summer, 60 local high school students worked virtually alongside clinical and research faculty from Wayne State University to explore clinical, health policy, or basic science research as part of the Biomedical Career Advancement Program (BCAP). BCAP, a four-week research experience for high school students, is a collaborative program between Wayne State University School of Medicine (WSUSOM), Michigan Area Health Education Center (MI-AHEC), Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network (DWIHN), and Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD).

BCAP was established in 2014 by Jennell White, PhD.  Dr. White, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at WSU-SOM and is dedicated to exposing youth to careers in health science. Over the summer BCAP students engaged in research, participated in virtual laboratory training and attended remote informational sessions with a focus on the college admission process, careers in health science, and opportunities to build professional networks with peers and Wayne State University faculty and staff. 

Students showcased their research findings during BCAP's virtual closing ceremony on August 6. The presentations allow students to communicate the importance of their research, learn how to clearly state their findings and analyze those findings, and prompt others to ask questions and give valuable feedback. BCAP students are encouraged to enter their research in the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS). Sponsored by the U.S. Army Education Outreach Programs, JSHS promotes research and experimentation at the secondary school level and recognizes students for original research achievements.

For more information about BCAP, visit: https://miahec.wayne.edu/southeast/highschool

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