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)

OVERVIEW

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 pursuing research-based careers. The 2022 program will run from August 1 – September 8 (Mon-Thurs 9 AM-Noon and 1-4 PM) and will include a molecular biology lecture and lab, a bioinformatics project, a journal club which instructs students on reading scientific literature, as well as career development workshops. Seminar and workshop topics include: a guide to the PhD route, pursuing an MD-PhD, identifying career opportunities in the biomedical sciences (both academic and non-academic), and applying to research programs. Students who complete BISEP will be prepared to engage in faculty-mentored undergraduate biomedical research in the Fall.

ELIGIBILITY

  • PEERS students entering their sophomore year in 2022-2023
  • 3.0 GPA minimum
  • Life Science majors, including Biochemistry and 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

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • Attend and participate in all meetings throughout the full six-week program during Summer Session C 2022.
  • Complete “Laboratory Safety Fundamentals” certification prior to the start of the program
  • 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 faculty, post-doctoral scholar, or graduate student
  • Complete one pre-program survey and three post-program surveys throughout the 2022-2023 academic year

SCHOLARSHIP/FUNDING

BISEP does not provide funding to participants.

APPLICATION

  • March 28 – May 6, 2022
  • The application can be accessed as a Survey on MyUCLA under the “Campus Life” tab. See the Application page for more information.

CONTACT

Alec Hernandez
Program Representative
BISEP@college.ucla.edu