High School Programs

High School Programs

Program Components


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 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.


  • 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


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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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.
  • 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.
  • New applications for the 2018-19 school year will be reviewed beginning May 14th.


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

Page Updated 02/15/2018