High School Students

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


The BCAP Research 2023 Application has Closed

Check back in January 2024 for the BCAP Research 2024 Application


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 and their staff to explore research investigation in a highly enriched environment.

The BCAP Research program 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*
*Monetary awards are based on available funding and are not guaranteed.

What is the BCAP Research 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 Research?

  • High school students who are currently in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade at the time of applying
    • 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 Research. 
  • 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 Research 2023 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:
bcapgroup@wayne.edu or phone: (313) 577-9387

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.

Programs Related to BCAP Research


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.


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


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:
bcapgroup@wayne.edu or (313) 577-9387



    Southeast Regional Center
    Michigan Area Health Education Center   

    Phone: (313) 577-9387
    Email: BCAPgroup@wayne.edu