NIH Biomedical Science Enrichment Program (BISEP)
Summer Program for UCLA Students

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Program Purpose

The NIH Biomedical Science Enrichment Program (BISEP) prepares students for upper division science coursework and undergraduate research. The program consists of a Biotechnology Lecture and Laboratory, Course on Reading and Writing Science, Career Development Workshops and Seminars, Group/Lab Meetings, Laboratory visits, Career Guidance. Seminars and Workshop topics include, but are not limited to, undergraduate and graduate/professional program panels, career opportunities in biomedical science, and applying to research programs. Upon completion of BISEP, participants will be prepared to commence undergraduate research. Program activities are specifically designed to support and to encourage students who intend to pursue research careers in the biomedical sciences.

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Applicants should be UCLA students who have completed their freshmen year by June 2015 in a life science, chemistry or biochemistry major (other majors are welcome to apply) at UCLA and who will be entering their sophomore year Fall 2015.

This program is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health to increase the numbers of underrepresented students pursuing research-based careers:
  • Latino/a, Chicano/a
  • African American
  • Native American
  • Native Alaskan
  • Native Pacific Islander (Micronesia, Polynesia)

Students interested in pursuing graduate or dual degrees (Masters, Ph.D., MD/PhD) are strongly encouraged to apply.

Program Expectations

Participants are required to complete the entire 6 week program, during UCLA Summer Session C (August 3-September 11). The expectations of the program are substantial and require full-time student commitment. Students may not be enrolled simultaneously in Summer School while participating in BISEP. Each participant must attend all required activities (formal and informal). At the end of the program, all participants are required to give a presentation and complete a program evaluation.

Note: All program participants must complete lab safety courses prior to working in their research lab. The "Laboratory Safety Fundamental Concepts" class is required for all students, volunteers, and staff in laboratories. Please see the EH&S training schedule for class dates and enrollment instructions.

Parking & Housing

If needed, a 6-week summer parking permit can be purchased from UCLA Parking Services, and will be available in late April/early May on a first-come, first-served basis. Housing is not provided for participants in this program. However, many sublet opportunities are available each summer at apartments in Westwood (see the Daily Bruin Sublet Guide spring quarter for details.)



The deadline for receipt of all application materials and supporting documents for Summer 2015 is May 15, 2015. Some students may be invited to an interview at the end of May. All students will be notified of their program status by late June, 2015

For more information please contact:

Desiree Alaniz
URC-Sciences Program Representative
2121 Life Science Building