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Apply to ISPEED in Biomedical Engineering

The next ISPEED in Biomedical Engineering program will be held July 1-26, 2024. The application for summer 2024 is now closed. The application deadline was March 1, 2024. More information about applying for the summer 2025 ISPEED program will be available in December.

To learn more about applying to ISPEED in Biomedical Engineering, please review the information in the tabs below.


Applicants must be:

  • Current high-school sophomores or juniors*
  • US citizens or permanent residents
  • Motivated to explore concepts in biomedical engineering and solve important problems related to human health, with a demonstrated record of high academic achievement

*ISPEED in BME participants must meet age requirements for Johns Hopkins residential summer programs. To be eligible to participate in the summer 2024 program, students must have been born between July 27, 2006, and June 30, 2009. We cannot accept students who turn 18 before the final day of the course, as you must be under the age of 18 to live in the residence hall. No exceptions can be made to this policy.

Diversity is an important aspect of the Johns Hopkins ISPEED mission. We strongly encourage students from backgrounds that are historically marginalized or underserved in STEM to apply. All applicants who meet the eligibility requirements described above will be considered.


ISPEED in BME does not have specific course prerequisites. While previous coursework in STEM disciplines is encouraged, our project-based ISPEED in BME curriculum is designed so that students from a range of academic experiences and backgrounds can benefit and succeed.

Test scores (PSAT, SAT, or ACT) are optional. Standardized test scores will be considered as part of our holistic review process if students choose to provide them, but those who do not submit standardized test scores will not be at a disadvantage.

Application Process

The ISPEED in BME admissions process for summer 2024 follows the steps below:

  • Students complete and submit the online application prior to the deadline, which is March 1, 2024, 11:59 pm ET. In addition to the online application, students must ask their school to send us their transcript using this form.
  • Our faculty committee reviews applications throughout March and early April
  • Applicants are notified of their application decision by April 12
  • Applicants who have been admitted into the program accept or deny their offer using the online application portal by April 22
  • Students who plan to enroll in the program complete and submit their enrollment forms, available once the offer has been accepted, by May 6
  • Enrolled students will move into the residential hall on Sunday, June 30, and move out on Friday, July 26 or Saturday, July 27
Application Instructions

During the application period, students can apply using an online system. Detailed instructions can be found in the online portal. A completed application must have the following components, and each of these components must be received in full by the application deadline:

  • Two short essays in response to the following prompts:
    • [in approximately 250 words] Explain why you want to participate in the Immersive Summer Program for Education, Enrichment, and Distinction (ISPEED) in Biomedical Engineering and what you hope to gain from the experience. Please mention any academic or career goals that you may have, and how this program would help you work toward or achieve those goals.
    • [in approximately 150 words] Tell us about an aspect of your identity or a life experience that has shaped you as an individual and how that has influenced your decision to apply to the ISPEED in Biomedical Engineering program. This can be a future goal or an experience that is academic, extracurricular, or social and may relate to or include a discussion of any aspect of your identity such as gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnicity, socio-economic status, political affiliation, first-generation status, religion, etc.
  • Teacher Recommendation Form: The online application system will prompt applicants to provide the name and email address of one math or science teacher, guidance counselor, or other advisor/coach/mentor from a STEM-related discipline who can provide a recommendation for ISPEED in Biomedical Engineering. This recommender will receive an email with instructions for submitting the recommendation form electronically. Applicants should ask this person if they are willing to provide a recommendation before entering their contact information into the online application.
  • Official High School Transcript(s) and most recent report card: A copy of the official high school transcript, as well as interim grades for classes that are in progress, must be sent to [email protected] directly from the school. We do not accept transcripts sent by applicants and/or their parents. Applicants should give this form to their guidance counselor and allow adequate time for the school to prepare and send the transcript.

Test scores (PSAT, SAT, or ACT) are optional. Standardized test scores will be considered as part of our holistic review process if they are provided using the online application system. Students who do not submit standardized test scores will not be at a disadvantage during the review process.

Applicants do not need to pay an application fee to submit their application.

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