Biomedical Career Advancement Program gives DPS Juniors a chance to explore Medical Research Careers

Applications must be received by March 15, 2014, at 5:00 p.m.

The Southeast Regional Center of the Michigan Area Health Education Center, Wayne State University School of Medicine, and Detroit Public Schools have teamed up to offer high school 11th graders a chance to explore biomedical and research fields of medicine.

The Biomedical Career Advancement Program provides students with opportunities to conduct research, develop technical skills, strengthen communication abilities, and network with peers, faculty, and health professionals. The initiative includes two parts — a six-week laboratory course and an eight-week research internship

The six-week laboratory course, which begins May 3, is designed to offer high school students an opportunity to familiarize themselves with a biomedical research setting. Students will develop technical skills by engaging in weekly laboratory experiments, using a variety of laboratory equipment, and learning different experiment techniques. A select group of science teachers from Detroit Public Schools will also participate in this course to expand their knowledge base and learn to integrate the research techniques into their classroom curriculum.

The eight-week research internship is tentatively scheduled to begin June 23 and run through August 15.  Funding for the internship is still pending, but if funded, students will be matched with senior faculty researchers at the Wayne State University School of Medicine.  Teams will be assigned independent research projects and will present findings at the program’s closing ceremony and at Wayne State University’s Annual Research Symposium.

Participants will attend weekly didactic sessions to increase awareness of diverse healthcare options and educational requirements. Medical educators and noted healthcare professionals will also present on topics such as medical ethics, health disparities, and other medical issues facing Detroit residents.

“An exceptional way to connect students to healthcare careers is to allow them to experience the career firsthand. We are pleased to partner with the Wayne State University School of Medicine and Detroit Public Schools to offer students this opportunity to experience working in a medical laboratory and the biomedical research field. The many hands-on learning activities and mentoring component will allow them to determine whether medical research is a career option they would like to pursue. They will also leave the program with a clear understanding of what needs to be accomplished as they progress to the next level of their education,” said Joie West, Executive Director of the Southeast Regional Center.   

“This initiative was developed to help high school juniors gain the skills and knowledge to work in a laboratory or in a health-related research field,” said Jennell White, post-doctoral research fellow at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. “An additional benefit is that the program will assist students with strengthening their skills in science, technology, engineering and math.”

Students must apply and complete the six-week laboratory course to be eligible for the summer research internship.

The program is open to high school juniors enrolled in Detroit Public Schools. Applicants should demonstrate interest in conducting medical research and have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better.

Interested students must submit an application, two letters of recommendation, and an official transcript. More information about eligibility requirements and program guidelines is available at

Applications must be received by March 15, 2014, at 5:00 p.m.

Students are encouraged to apply online at

Download the Biomedical Career Advancement Application

Download the Biomedical Career Advancement Brochure

For more information, contact Joie West, Executive Director of the Southeast Regional Center, at (313) 965-4119 or

About the Michigan AHEC—Southeast Regional Center
The Michigan AHEC strengthens the state’s health care workforce by recruiting, training, and retaining health professionals committed to increasing access to primary care. The Southeast Regional Center implements AHEC goals in nine counties: Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne. The Southeast Regional Center is hosted by the Greater Detroit Area Health Council, an organization that develops and evaluates innovative solutions that improve the health and well-being of people living in southeast Michigan. To learn more, visit

About the Wayne State University School of Medicine
Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering more than 370 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 29,000 students. The School of Medicine is the largest single-campus medical school in the nation. To learn more, visit

About Detroit Public Schools STEM Programs
Detroit Public Schools is creating Centers of Excellence at the district’s 100 schools with the goal of educating students to perform at the highest academic levels. DPS offers a wide variety of educational advantages to students and parents including Individualized Learning Maps for all students and Academic Blueprints for all parents. DPS emphasizes the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects to strengthen its overall academic curriculum. All students in grades 6-12 have access to Netbook computers, and students in grades 8-12 enjoy take-home Netbooks. DPS also works with DAPCEP (Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program) at the secondary level (grades 6-12). DAPCEP operates middle school-level programs in over 20 DPS schools. To learn more about Detroit Public Schools, visit or call 313-240-4DPS.

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