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 underrepresented students pursuing research-based careers. The 2021 program will be conducted remotely 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, UC LEADS, and HHMI EXROP.


  • UCLA students entering their sophomore year
  • 3.2 GPA minimum
  • Be from an educationally-disadvantaged, socioeconomically disadvantaged, or underrepresented minority background:
    • Latino/a, Chicano/a
    • African American
    • Native American
    • Native Alaskan
    • Native Pacific Islander (Micronesia, Polynesia)
  • Life Science, Chemistry, or Biochemistry majors preferred, not required
  • Interested in undergraduate research in the biomedical sciences preferred, not required
  • Interested in pursuing a graduate or dual degrees (Masters, Ph.D., or MD/Ph.D.) preferred, not required
  • No prior research experience preferred, not required


  • Complete the full 6-week program during Summer Session C. The expected commitment is 9 AM – 1 PM Monday-Wednesday and 9-11 AM on Thursdays. The expectations of the program are substantial and require commitment. Participants cannot take on conflicting obligations during program hours, including courses and employment.
  • Complete “Laboratory Safety Fundamental Concepts” prior to the start of the program
  • Attend the Orientation Session
  • 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, introduction, and personal statements
  • 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 BISEP application can be accessed on the Application webpage during the application period.