Science Enrichment Preparation Program (SEP)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC.
Type Academic Enrichment, Test Preparation
Deadline February 9, 2018


Gain the competitive edge with S.E.P.! Held each summer on the UNC Chapel Hill campus, the S.E.P. Program is an eight-week, honors-level academic enrichment program that targets first-generation, underrepresented minority, rural, and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged undergraduate students (rising sophomores and juniors) who seek admission into graduate/health professional programs. Additionally, Scholars will receive educational supplies, lodging on the UNC Chapel Hill campus, limited travel expenses (contingent upon funding) and a competitive stipend. During the program, S.E.P. Scholars:

  • Engage in more than 150 hours of classroom instruction in physics, organic chemistry, human physiology and quantitative skills/biostatistics.
  • Attend classes and seminars in reading speed and comprehension, test-taking strategies, essay writing, and interview techniques.
  • Visit local health facilities and network with health care professionals.
  • Shadow a working professional in their health field of interest.


  • Be enrolled in a College/University, Community College or Early College Program.
  • Be classified as a rising sophomore or rising junior (current first-year or second-year) student at the time of application (or graduating senior in Early College).
  • Identify as one or more of the following: first generation, financially disadvantaged, underrepresented minority, permanent resident in a rural county in NC.
  • Have completed a minimum of three college-level credit hours each in math, biology and chemistry by Summer 2018.
  • Hold a science/overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Be a US citizen or Permanent US Resident (North Carolina residents receive preference).

A completed S.E.P. application includes:

  • Application including essays
  • Two faculty appraisal forms completed by science faculty (professors, instructors, or TAs)
  • One letter of recommendation from any who may attest to your character, commitment to becoming a health professional, and why you should be selected
  • A recent photo
  • Financial Information Verification (ie. FAFSA-Student Aid Report, Parent/Guardian 1040 Tax Forms)
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • Application fee by money order – $25.00

More Information

Interim Director
Paula Borden, M.A.
NC Health Careers Access Program (NC-HCAP), Student and Academic Services Building South, Suite 3307
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8010
Phone: (919) 966-2264
Fax: (919) 966-6109