The NIH Biomedical Science Enrichment Program (BISEP) is a six-week summer program that prepares rising sophomores for upper division science coursework and undergraduate STEM research. The program consists of molecular biology lectures and laboratory sessions, a journal club which instructs students on reading  scientific literature, and career development workshops and seminars. Seminar and workshop topics include, but are not limited to, undergraduate and graduate/professional program panels, career opportunities in the biomedical sciences, and applying to research programs. Students who complete BISEP will be prepared to engage in faculty-mentored undergraduate research in the Fall. Program activities are specifically designed to support and to encourage students who intend to pursue research careers in the biomedical sciences.

This program is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health to increase the numbers of underrepresented students pursuing research-based careers:

  • Latino/a, Chicano/a
  • African American
  • Native American
  • Native Alaskan
  • Native Pacific Islander (Micronesia, Polynesia)

The goal of the program is to have at least 60% of program participants engage in faculty-mentored undergraduate research. Program participants have historically exceeded this with close to 80% of participants engaging in research prior to graduation. Many have been awarded prestigious research scholarships such as MARC, UC LEADS, and HHMI EXROP.


  • UCLA students entering their sophomore year
  • Be from an educationally-disadvantaged, socioeconomically disadvantaged, or underrepresented minority background
  • Life Science, Chemistry, or Biochemistry majors preferred, though not required
  • Students interested in pursuing a graduate or dual degrees (Masters, Ph.D., or MD/Ph.D.) preferred, though not required
  • Students with no prior research experience preferred, though not required


  • Complete the full 6-week program during Summer Session C. The expectations of the program are substantial and require full-time commitment. Participants cannot enroll in any academic courses during Session C and must be available from 9am-4pm Monday-Thursday.
  • All participants must complete “Laboratory Safety Fundamental Concepts” prior to the start of the program.
  • Participate in all activities, both formal and informal
  • Attend all lectures, seminars, workshops, and laboratory sessions
  • Complete writing assignments including, but not limited to, a Curriculum Vitae (CV), cover letters, abstracts, introductions, personal statements, and elevator pitches
  • Create a research poster and present it at the BISEP Poster Session at the end of the program
  • Participate in the BISEP Recruitment and Networking Event at the end of the program
  • Present and complete the program evaluation at the end of the program


BISEP does not provide funding to participants.


  • April 1, 2020 – May 15, 2020
  • The BISEP application can be accessed here during the application period. Visit the Application tab for more information.


BISEP does not provide housing, parking, or transportation for participants. 6-week summer parking permits can be purchased from UCLA Parking Services, and will be available in late April/early May on a first-come, first-served basis.


Alec Hernandez
BISEP Program Representative