2019 BISEP Cohort with Dr. Fernando Gomez (Program Director) and Dr. Tae-Hyung Kim (Lab Instructor)

2019 BISEP Cohort with Dr. Fernando Gomez (bottom left) and Dr. Tae-Hyung Kim (top right)


The Biomedical Sciences Enrichment Program (BISEP) is a six-week program that prepares rising sophomores for upper division coursework and undergraduate research in the biomedical sciences. The goal of this program is to increase the number of students from disadvantaged-backgrounds pursuing research-based careers. The 2021 program will be conducted remotely from August 2 – September 10, 2021, and will consist of bioinformatics activities and multimedia simulations familiarizing participants with the most commonly utilized molecular biology procedures. Participants will also attend a journal club which instructs students on reading scientific literature, as well as career development workshops and seminars. Seminar and workshop topics include (but are not limited to) a guide to the PhD route, considering pursuing the MD-PhD, academic and non-academic career opportunities in the biomedical sciences, and applying to research programs. Students who complete BISEP will be prepared to engage in faculty-mentored undergraduate biomedical research in the fall. Program alumni have been awarded prestigious research scholarships such as MARC U*STAR and UC LEADS.


  • AAP-members, PEERS students, AAP-eligible non-members, and students with disabilities registered with the Center for Accessible Education
  • UCLA students entering their sophomore year
  • 3.0 GPA minimum
  • Life Science majors, including Biochemistry, & Computational and Systems Biology
  • Interested in pursuing undergraduate research in the biomedical sciences
  • Interested in pursuing a graduate or dual degree (Masters, Ph.D., or MD/Ph.D.)
  • No prior research experience preferred


  • Complete the full 6-week program during Summer Session C (August 2 – September 10, 2021). The expected commitment is 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Monday-Wednesday and 9:00-11:00 AM on Thursdays. Participants cannot take on conflicting obligations during program hours.
  • Complete “Laboratory Safety Fundamental Concepts” prior to the start of the program
  • Attend the Orientation Session on August 2
  • Attend & participate in all Molecular Biology Lectures
  • Attend & participate in all Laboratory Sessions
  • Attend & participate in all Journal Club Meetings
  • Attend & participate in all Seminars & Workshops
  • Complete all writing assignments including, but not limited to composing a Curriculum Vitae (CV), cover letter, abstract, and personal statements
  • Conduct an informational interview with a UCLA lab
  • Complete the bioinformatics research project and create a research poster to present at the BISEP Poster Session at the end of the program
  • Complete all Pre- and Post-Program Surveys
  • Meet with the Program Director once during Fall 2021 after completion of the program


BISEP does not provide funding to participants.


  • March 29 – May 7, 2021
  • The application can be accessed as a Survey on MyUCLA under the “Campus Life” tab. See the Application page for more information.


Alec Hernandez
Program Representative