High School Students

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

2023 Application opens on December 19th, 2022

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

 

What is a BCAP Research Experience?

The Biomedical Career Advancement Program (BCAP) is a summer research experience for youth interested in pursuing careers in health science. Students work alongside senior research/clinical faculty to explore research investigation in a highly enriched 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: 

  • Students will receive training to conduct research at Wayne State University 

►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:

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

►What is the BCAP Program Structure?

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

►Who can apply for BCAP?

  • 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 educationally, environmentally, or economically disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Personal statement: Interest in pursuing a health science career
  • GPA ≥ 2.75 (official transcript required upon program acceptance)

►What is the Process for Applying to BCAP?

  • Step 1: Apply to BCAP. 
  • Step 2: BCAP Team will review applications.
    • Students will be invited to submit official transcripts and schedule an interview. 
  • Step 3: Applicant Interviews
  • Step 4: Acceptance Letters and Waiting List letters are sent out. 

BCAP Important Dates*

Student Orientation

Saturday, June 10, 2023

Opening Ceremony

Monday, June 26, 2023

Program Dates

Monday through Friday
Monday, June 26 to Friday, August 4, 2023

Presentations & Closing Ceremony

Friday, August 4, 2023

For more information, contact us via e-mail: bcapgroup@wayne.edu or ‪phone: (313) 831-7010‬. 

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 Interest Form

Fill out this form to let us know you are interested in BCAP or BCAP Juniors:

Interest Survey


Programs Related to 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.


 JUNIORS

Students in 6th-9th grade can apply to BCAP Juniors
BCAP Juniors attend Weekly Didactic Sessions with BCAP students

Students can click here to learn more.