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 NIH Biomedical Sciences Enrichment Program (BISEP) is a six-week summer program that prepares rising sophomores for undergraduate biomedical research and upper division science coursework. 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. 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 (AAP-eligible students):
    • Latino/a, Chicano/a
    • African American
    • Native American
    • Native Alaskan
    • Native Pacific Islander (Micronesia, Polynesia)
  • Life Science, Chemistry, or Biochemistry majors preferred, though not required
  • Interested in undergraduate research in the biomedical sciences preferred, though not required
  • Interested in pursuing a graduate or dual degrees (Masters, Ph.D., or MD/Ph.D.) preferred, though not required
  • No prior research experience preferred, though not required


  • Complete the full 6-week program during Summer Session C. The expected commitment is 9am-4pm Monday-Thursday. 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
  • Participate in the Lab Recruitment Event at the end of the program
  • Complete all Pre- and Post-Program Surveys
  • Meet with the Program Director once during Fall 2020 after completion of the program


BISEP does not provide funding to participants.


  • March 30 – May 8, 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