High School Students

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

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


What is a BCAP Virtual Research Experience?

The Biomedical Career Advancement Program (BCAP) is a summer research experience for youth interested in pursuing careers in heath science. Typically, students conduct research onsite, alongside WSU research faculty.  Due to the current pandemic, we are offering students the same advanced experience on a virtual platform. Students will explore research investigation in a highly enriched virtual environment.

BCAP is an amazing opportunity for you to:

►Explore STEM Careers:

  • Career Panels:  Students will engage in open, honest dialogue with health-science students and professionals to gain first-hand information and practical advice on various career paths.

►Receive Certified Laboratory Training: 

BCAP 2021 students are eligible to apply to our new BCAP Scholars Program in Fall 2021. Click HERE for more information.

  • Students will receive training to conduct research at Wayne State University and serve as volunteers at the Detroit Medical Center

►Participate in Advanced-level Laboratory experiments:

  • Students will learn to apply common laboratory techniques to understand human disease (e.g., polymerase chain reaction (PCR), gel electrophoresis, microscopy, pipetting, etc.)

►Engage in Professional Development:

  • Students will participate in activities to develop their writing and presentation skills

►Establish a health science professional network: 

  • Students will meet like-minded individuals that are on the same career path and will be mentored by university faculty and graduate students

►Earn Monetary Award:

  • Student who successfuly complete the program are eligible to receive an monetary award of $1,250

What is the BCAP Program Structure?

  • 20 hours each week on research project
  • Attend weekly workshops and training
  • Present research project at closing ceremony

►Who can apply for BCAP?

  • High school students with current sophomore-senior status (Wayne County residents will be given priority consideration)
  • Personal statement: Interest in pursuing health science career
  • GPA ≥ 3.0 (official transcript required upon program acceptance)

►Important Application Dates:

  • Application Opens: Monday, January 4, 2021
  • Application Closes: Monday, February 15, 2021 by 5 p.m.

Mandatory Student Events

Student Supply Pickup (in person)

Date/Time TBD

Student Orientation

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Opening Ceremony

Friday, June 25, 2021

Program Dates

Monday, June 28 through
Thursday, August 5, 2021

Closing Ceremony

Friday, August 6, 2021

FAQ page

E-mail: bcapgroup@wayne.edu

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.