August 18, 2021

Biomedical Career Advancement Program for high schoolers wraps seventh year

Sixty local high school students worked virtually with clinical and research faculty from the Wayne State University School of Medicine to explore clinical, health policy and basic science research as part of the Biomedical Career Advancement Program.

The four-week research experience for high school students is a collaborative program between the School of Medicine, the Michigan Area Health Education Center at WSU, the Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network and the Detroit Public Schools Community District.

The program was established in 2014 by Jennell White, Ph.D., assistant professor of Pharmacology, who is dedicated to exposing youth to careers in health science. BCAP students engaged in research, participated in virtual laboratory training, and attended remote informational sessions with a focus on the college admission process, careers in health science and opportunities to build professional networks with peers and Wayne State University faculty and staff.

Students showcased their research findings during BCAP's virtual closing ceremony Aug. 6. The presentations allowed students to communicate the importance of their research, learn how to clearly state their findings and analyze those findings, and prompt others to ask questions and give feedback. BCAP students are encouraged to enter their research in the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. Sponsored by the U.S. Army Education Outreach Programs, the symposium promotes research and experimentation at the secondary school level and recognizes students for original research achievements.

Learn more about the program here.

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