Biomedical Career Advancement Program






The Biomedical Career Advancement Program provides high school students with the opportunity to gain the technical skills needed to work in a research lab, obtain hands-on experience and work alongside a senior faculty mentor at Wayne State University. Selected candidates will have the opportunity to rapidly improve their technical skills in a realistic setting outside of the classroom. 

Selection Criteria: Rising high school juniors and seniors from Detroit Public Schools Community District interested in biomedical research are encouraged to apply. A committee consisting of representatives from participating institutions will select candidates based on the quality of their application including academic performance, personal statements and letters of recommendation. (Students must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA to apply.)

Students selected for the Biomedical Career Advancement Program will be matched with a senior faculty mentor at Wayne State University and assigned independent research projects. Once a week students will engage in round table discussions to talk about their research, career interests, and gain exposure to various bio-medical professions. Students are required to present a poster presentation at Wayne State University's Annual Research Symposium. 

Applications and supplemental documentation are due by 5:00 p.m. on April 28, 2017. Supporting documents must have a post-mark date of April 28, 2017 to be considered. The program will begin on June 24, 2017 and end August 4, 2017.

Interested applicants can complete the online application via SurveyMonkey (click here: or they can download a MS Word version (here).

Students must also provide the following: 

  • Personal Statement
  • A letter of recommendation on school letterhead from a teacher or counselor
  • A letter of recommendation, preferably on organizational letterhead, from a community individual or trusted family member
  • Agree to let Detroit Public School Community District provide the Michigan Area Health Education Center a copy of your transcript
  • A Statement of Responsibility signed by you & your parent/guardian (download here)
  • A Media Release signed by you & your parent/guardian (download here)

Mail supporting documents to:
2017 Biomedical Career Advancement Program
Michigan Area Health Education Center
4201 St. Antoine, Suite 9A, Box 325
Detroit, MI 48201

Email scanned supporting documents to:
Fax supporting documents to: 313-577-5181
Questions? Give us a call: 313-577-5161 or download a program brochure here.

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The Michigan Area Health Education Center is required to report information about program participants. Data will be kept private to the extent allowed by law and will be referenced periodically to evaluate the effectiveness of our services and programs.