Dr. David Gray (left) with the 2022 BISEP cohort.


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 2023 program will run during Summer Session C (August 7 – September 15, 2023). The program 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: pursuing a PhD, pursuing an MD-PhD, identifying career paths 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.


  • PEERS students entering their sophomore year in 2023-2024
  • 3.0 GPA minimum
  • Life Science majors, including Biochemistry and Computational and Systems Biology
  • Interested in biomedical research
  • Interested in pursuing a graduate or dual degree (Masters, PhD, or MD-PhD)
  • No prior research experience preferred


  • Attend and participate in all meetings throughout the full six-week program during Summer Session C 2023.
  • 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 2023-2024 academic year


BISEP does not provide funding to program participants.


  • Spring 2023
  • 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