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StEP-UP

StEP-UP

STUDENT ENRICHMENT PROGRAM FOR UNDERREPRESENTED PROFESSIONS

StEP Into Your Future...

The Student Enrichment Program for Underrepresented Professions (StEP-UP) at the Medical College of Wisconsin is designed to bring opportunities to middle, high school, and college students in the Milwaukee area who are interested in careers in medicine and the sciences. Funded by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin (AHW) Endowment, the program aims to increase access and retention in medical and graduate school among students underrepresented in medicine and contribute to resolving health disparities in Wisconsin.

StEP-UP is a competitive program designed to provide opportunities to local high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds, underrepresented cultural and ethnic groups, and individuals with disabilities. Our target ethnic groups include African Americans, Mexican- Americans, Native Americans (American Indians and Alaska Natives), Hmong, and Mainland Puerto Rican.

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Why is StEP-UP Necessary?

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Explore the quotes from our leaders below.

Dawn S. Bragg, PhD

“As our communities become more multicultural and diverse in other ways, MCW’s commitment remains steadfast in preparing competent health providers to care for our communities. StEPUP targets talented underrepresented students in Wisconsin for programs that provide experiential learning, mentorship, test preparation and shadowing as foundations in their journey to medical and/or graduate school.”

Dawn S. Bragg, PhD

Associate Dean of Student Affairs/Diversity
Measurement and Evaluation
Professor of Pediatrics-Medical Education


 

Jose Franco, MD

“Physicians with ties to Wisconsin communities are most familiar with the needs of its citizens and are best positioned to address existing health disparities. Underrepresented in medicine students will benefit from participating in StEP-UP where they will acquire skills and mentorship that will form the foundation for a career in medicine. The Medical College of Wisconsin is committed to developing tomorrow's health care providers and leaders.”

Jose Franco, MD

Associate Dean for
Educational Improvement
Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
STAR Center Director
Associate Director, Kern Institute


 

Bill Hueston, MD

“Health care is a vital service for all Americans, but if we want to provide these services to people of all backgrounds and cultures we need to assure that our healthcare workforce mirrors the people we serve. StEP-UP is an important part of making sure that all students are able to have the types of experiences that will lead them to become physicians, pharmacists, scientists, and other health care professionals.”

Bill Hueston, MD

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor of Family and Community Medicine


 

Ravi Misra, PhD

“If our country is to stay competitive in the 21st century in a world that is getting increasingly competitive in science and technology it is imperative that we take advantage of all our intellectual talent. We need to tap and develop our best young people. StEP-UP is designed to help achieve that goal in the area of medicine, health, and biological discovery science.”

Ravi Misra, PhD
Dean of Graduate School of Biomedical Science
Professor of Biochemistry

  • Middle School Programs
  • High School Programs
  • College Program

Middle School Programs

Middle School & High School Programs

Program Components

Program Benefits

Select students who demonstrate an interest in science and medicine will have:

  • Interactive sessions with MCW medical and graduate students, practicing physicians, and other health professionals.
  • An early exposure to a variety of experiences to inspire their pursuit of a careers in medicine and science.
  • Participate in learning modules that are engaging and grade level appropriate given their current foundation and scientific knowledge.
  • Hands-on demonstrations of basic biomedical and clinical science teaching topics.
  • Parental Information and resource sessions.

Science Saturday’s

Science Saturday’s consists of 6 half day sessions held throughout the academic school year. Each session includes:

  • Personal Development - helps to give students the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, and responsible citizens.
  • Professional Development  The curriculum aims help students develop the goals, skills, and attributes necessary for success as a student, an applicant to a professional program, and a career professional.
  • Hands on activities - help students develop problem and critical thinking skills, as well as gain exposure to reactions, materials, and equipment in a lab setting.
  • Preparation for the next step - students will be given resources and instructions to help prepare them for high school.

Attendance is mandatory for every session. A tentative schedule will be provided to all accepted students.

High School Program

PARENT/GUARDIAN SESSION

We believe parent support and participation translates to active and engaged students. Parental sessions will:

  • Provide workshops and training materials for parents on how to improve their child’s study skills or learning in various academic subjects.
  • Engage families in opportunities to work with their children in setting their academic, college and career goals.
  • Provide interaction with community partners, MCW staff, faculty, and students to share resources for parents at orientation.

Creemos que el apoyo y la participación de los padres se traducen en
estudiantes activos y comprometidos. Las sesiones de padres:

  • Proporcionaran talleres y materiales de capacitación para los padres sobre cómo mejorar las habilidades de estudio o el aprendizaje de sus hijos en varias materias académicas.
  • Involucraran a las familias en oportunidades para trabajar con sus hijos en el establecimiento de sus metas académicas, universitarias y profesionales.
  • Proveerán interacción con los socios de la comunidad, el personal de MCW, el profesorado y los estudiantes para compartir recursos para los padres en la orientación.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS & PROCEDURE

How do I qualify?

To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be from a background that is underrepresented in medicine.
  • Must attend one of our StEP-UP partner schools.
  • Ability to travel to the MCW Milwaukee campus for each session

Program Requirements - Middle School

  • Complete online application at this address with personal statement.
  • Submit recommendation from science teacher or influential adult.
  • Submit copy of attendance record.
  • Parental/Guardian participation required for first StEP-UP session each year.

 

*Participating StEP-UP partner schools: Escuela Vieau Middle School, Carmen Middle School of Science and Technology, Golda Meir Middle School, Indian Community, Hmong American Peace Academy

 

*Please Note: Children of MCW faculty and staff are not eligible to apply for StEP-UP.

High School Programs

High School Programs

Program Components

PROGRAM BENEFITS

Select high school students who demonstrate an interest in
science and medicine will:

  • Interact with MCW medical and graduate students, as well as practicing physicians.
  • Explore career opportunities in medicine, research, and other health professions.
  • Participate in professional and personal development sessions.
  • Participate in hands-on demonstrations of basic biomedical and clinical science principles to help prepare them for research in a lab setting.
  • Receive advising from program staff regarding high school and college courses.
  • Participate in advanced programming to complement current science curriculum.
  • Be eligible to participate in 3-Day Summer Boot Camp.

SCIENCE SATURDAYS

Science Saturday consists of six half-day sessions held throughout the academic school year for local high school students from underrepresented backgrounds who have been identified by their teachers as candidates for science and medicine careers. Curriculum will include:

  • Personal Development - Helps to give students the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, and responsible citizens.
  • Professional Development The curriculum aims to help students develop the goals, skills, and attributes necessary for success as a student, an applicant to a professional program, and a career professional.
  • Hands-on Activities Help students develop problem solving and critical thinking skills, as well as gain exposure to materials, and equipment in a lab setting.
  • Preparation for the Next Step - Students will be given resources and instructions to help prepare them for college.

3 DAY-SUMMER MEDICAL BOOT CAMP

  • Will offer high school students a more intense experience that will build on Science Saturday sessions.
  • Half-day session starting at the beginning of summer for three days.
  • Students must have participated in previous academic year sessions.
  • Interactions with faculty members, medical and graduate students.

Attendance is mandatory for every session. A tentative schedule will be provided to all accepted students.

High School Program

PARENT/GUARDIAN

We believe parent support and participation translates to active and
engaged students. Parental sessions will:

  • Provide workshops and training materials for parents on how to improve their child’s study skills or learning in various academic subjects.
  • Engage families in opportunities to work with their children in setting their academic, college and career goals.
  • Provide interaction with community partners, MCW staff, faculty, and students to share resources for parents at orientation.

Creemos que el apoyo y la participación de los padres se traducen en
estudiantes activos y comprometidos. Las sesiones de padres:

  • Proporcionaran talleres y materiales de capacitación para los padres sobre cómo mejorar las habilidades de estudio o el aprendizaje de sus hijos en varias materias académicas.
  • Involucraran a las familias en oportunidades para trabajar con sus hijos en el establecimiento de sus metas académicas, universitarias y profesionales.
  • Proveerán interacción con los socios de la comunidad, el personal de MCW, el profesorado y los estudiantes para compartir recursos para los padres en la orientación.

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HIGH SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS AND APPLICATION PROCEDURE

How do I qualify?

To be eligible, students must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be from a background that is underrepresented in medicine.
  • Attend one of our StEP-UP partner schools.*
  • Be able to travel to the MCW-Milwaukee campus for each session.

Program Requirements

  • Student must have 2.8 GPA minimum to apply.
  • Submit completed application at this address with personal statement.
  • Submit recommendation from science teacher or influential adult.
  • Submit copy of transcripts with application.
  • Be available for in-person interview.
  • Attendance is mandatory for every session. A tentative schedule will be provided to all accepted students.
  • Parental/guardian participation is required for the first StEP-UP session each year.

 

*Participating StEP-UP partner schools: John Marshall High School, Alexander Hamilton High School, Ronald Wilson Reagan Preparatory High School, Carmen High School of Science and Technology, North Division High School and South Division High School.

 

*Please Note: Children of MCW faculty and staff are not eligible to apply for StEP-UP.

College Program

StEP-UP College Program

Curriculum

Undergraduate students in StEP-UP move through the program in a supportive cohort that supplements their pre-medicine and biomedical studies through each year of college. Students will get opportunities to work with MCW faculty and medical and graduate students.

SCIENCE SATURDAY DATES

StEP-UP consists of six Science Saturdays throughout each academic year. Students can apply at any time throughout their time in college, but most will be admitted at the beginning of their first year in college.

  • October 14, 2017
  • November 4, 2017
  • January 20, 2018
  • February 10, 2018
  • March 10, 2018
  • April 14, 2018

While the StEP-UP program is designed to supplement each year of a student’s college career, we understand that not all students graduate in four years or go directly into their medical or graduate studies after college. Students will still be able to participate, even if they do not follow the traditional four-year college path.

College Program

YEAR ONE (FRESHMEN YEAR): BUILDING A PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVE

Build your study skills, especially around biology, chemistry, and math, in addition to participating in scholarly conversations and activities. You will also learn about different communication styles, personal branding, work/life balance, and how to financially prepare for medical or graduate school and beyond.

YEAR TWO (SOPHOMORE YEAR): CLINICAL AND RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

Explore different fields in medicine, research, and health sciences and partake in opportunities to shadow students and faculty in clinic and lab settings. You will also be introduced to the MCAT and GRE.

YEAR THREE (JUNIOR YEAR): APPLICATION PREPARATION

Focus on putting together a strong application for medical or graduate school admission. Dive deeper into the MCAT or GRE and learn more about the application process. Support will also be available to help you with your resume/CV and developing your personal statement.

YEAR FOUR (SENIOR YEAR AND/OR GAP YEAR): PREPARING FOR THE NEXT STEP

Opportunities for volunteering and shadowing will continue to be available to you. Participate in interview practice and prepare for the transition between undergraduate to medical or graduate school.

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APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS & PROCEDURE

HOW DO I QUALIFY?

To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be from a background that is underrepresented in medicine
  • Have at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA (high school GPA for Freshmen, college GPA for Sophomores or higher)
  • Attending an accredited college in Wisconsin
  • Ability to travel to the MCW Milwaukee campus for at least five of the six Science Saturdays each year

HOW DO I APPLY?

  • Complete the online application

  • Upload your current resume/CV

  • Upload high school (for new freshmen) or college transcripts (unofficial transcripts accepted)

  • Have two teachers, professors, advisors, or other influential adults complete and submit a recommendation form

 

To be considered for the first session of the year, applications must be completed by September 1 of each academic year. However, applications will also be considered on a rolling basis, as spots are available. Skype or in-person interview may be required.

 

*Please Note: Children of MCW faculty and staff are not eligible to apply for StEP-UP.

 

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Contact Us

Medical College of Wisconsin
Office of Student Affairs/Diversity
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 955-8735
step-up@mcw.edu

Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin EndowmentSponsored by the Office of Student Affairs/Diversity and the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin (AHW) Endowment

Page Updated 09/27/2017