High School Students

Summer Research Experience for High School Students
at Wayne State University School of Medicine


The BCAP Research 2024 Application is now closed.

Applicants will receive information on next steps within the next few weeks.

Questions? Contact us via email at BCAPGroup@wayne.edu

What is a BCAP Research Experience?

The Biomedical Career Advancement Program (BCAP) is a 6-week summer research experience for 10th-12th graders to explore research and health science careers. BCAP is also an amazing opportunity to meet like-minded students, gain direct mentorship from health professionals and MUCH MORE!

Students work alongside senior research/clinical faculty and their staff to explore research investigation in a highly enriched environment.

Program Structure and Activities

Monday-Thursday for up to 5 hours/day, students will work with research mentors to develop independent research projects for presentation at our annual research symposium. On Fridays, BCAP hosts special events from 9 am-3pm: lab-safety training; hands-on laboratory/clinical training such as gel electrophoresis, microscopy, pipetting, CPR, phlebotomy, blood pressure/HR; student/professional panels, professional development and networking.

Who can apply for BCAP Research?

  • High school students who are currently in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. Priority is given to:
    • Wayne County residents
    • Detroit Public School students
    • Students from disadvantaged backgrounds

Earn Monetary Award:

Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to receive a monetary award*

*Monetary awards are based on available funding and are not guaranteed.

How to Apply to BCAP?
  • Complete application
  • Provide personal statement: 3-5 sentences to describe interest in BCAP Program
  • GPA ≥ 2.75 (official transcript required upon program acceptance)

BCAP Research 2024 Important Dates*

Application Open Date

January 8, 2024

Application Close Date

April 1, 2024

Student Orientation

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Opening Ceremony

Monday, June 24, 2024

Program Dates

Monday through Friday
Monday, June 24 to Friday, August 2, 2024

Presentations & Closing Ceremony**

Monday, August 5, 2024

* Program dates may be subject to change depending on external circumstances.

**Oral presentations are the same day as the closing ceremony.

For more information, contact us:

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.

BCAP Scholars

BCAP Alumni Students can apply for BCAP Scholars. BCAP Scholars prepare their summer research project
for the Junior Science & Humanities Symposium.

BCAP students can click here to learn more

For more information, contact us:

       Contact Information

           Phone: (313) 577-1584

          Email: BCAPgroup@wayne.edu