Biomedical Career Advancement Program will Bring 90 Students from Detroit Public Schools to Wayne State University School of Medicine this Summer

This summer nearly 90 sophomore, junior and senior students from Detroit Public Schools  and the Metro Detroit Area will be working alongside senior faculty members from Wayne State University School of Medicine and conducting research in labs utilizing state-of-the-art techniques in the area of biomedicine as part of the Biomedical Career Advancement Program (BCAP). BCAP, a six-week paid internship that will be held from June 23 through August 3, is a collaborative program between Wayne State University School of Medicine (WSUSOM), Michigan Area Health Education Center (MI-AHEC), Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority (DWMHA), and Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD).  DWMHA has provided $150,000 to expand the program for DPSCD students and will also provide training to the students.

BCAP  was originally founded in 2014 by Jennell White, Ph.D., director of BCAP and Research Scientist in WSUSOM and Children's Hospital of Michigan, is dedicated to students from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to explore research investigation in a highly enriched environment that is devoted exclusively to biomedical research and training. Dr. White was inspired to create the BCAP Program because she participated in a similar program in high school which sparked her interest in science and medicine.

“This initiative was developed to help high school juniors gain the skills and knowledge to work in a laboratory or in a health-related research field,” said Dr. White, “An additional benefit is that the program will assist students with strengthening their skills in science, technology, engineering and math.”

During the summer students will have the opportunity to gain laboratory and research experience, attend seminars conducted by faculty and graduate students and participate in round-table discussions to exchange ideas and share experiences. At the end of the program, students will also present their research to their fellow program participants and family.

The Michigan Area Health Education Center (AHEC), a program of Wayne State University, was established in 2010. Through a statewide network of regional centers, Michigan AHEC works to improve community health and strengthen the state’s health care workforce by recruiting, training, and retaining health professionals committed to increasing access to primary care in underserved areas. For more information, visit or call (313) 577-5161.

The Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority (DWMHA) is the largest and most diverse CMH system in Michigan. We are committed to being consumer and community focused, data driven and evidence based. Through programs and services that utilize promising best practices we hope to promote a community that is supportive and embraces individuals with mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance use disorder. We offer supports in Infant Mental Health, Integrated Healthcare, Supportive Housing, and Recovery to support self-determination and improving the health and quality of life for nearly 80,000 consumers and their families. 

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