Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)

2016 Application


To ensure a timely and successful application submission, please consider the following tips and suggestions:

  • The deadline to apply to SPUR, 2016 is February 1, 2016. This online application, along with the requirement supplemental materials (letters of recommendation, transcript), must be submitted or postmarked by the deadline.
  • Completion of this form will take roughly 10-15 minutes, not including the open-ended responses required for submission. Be prepared to finish the application once you start completing it; there is no way to save your progress once you have started it. It is suggested that you read through the application in its entirety to become familiar with the information being requested, refresh the webpage and then complete the application.
  • You are encouraged to type the responses to your open-ended responses in a separate program (i.e. Microsoft Word) first to ensure typing and spelling correctness, then copy and paste your responses into the appropriate fields below.
  • Use of Internet Explorer as your online application submission browser is suggested.


First Name
Last Name
Primary Phone (ex. 555-555-5555)
Primary E-mail
Mailing Address

Zip Code
Permanent Address
(if different from Mailing Address)

Zip Code
Choose what you most identify with:

Minority Status

If "Other", please specify:

Are you currently an international student studying on an F-1 VISA? Yes  No

Are you in need of housing for the summer?  Yes            No
Housing is only provide to those participants who live outside of the greater Milwaukee area.

What type(s) of post-baccalaureate program(s) are you currently interested in pursuing? Check all that apply:

Graduate School (Doctorate)

Graduate School (Master)

Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD)

Medical School (MD)

None of the above

If you have taken, or if you are planning to take, a graduate or professional school admissions exam (i.e. GRE, MCAT, etc.), please specify the exam type(s) and when you took, or are you planning to take, it.

If the date is yet to be determined, indicate the anticipated month/year.



Current College or University
Current Year in School
Area(s) of Study
Anticipated Graduation (MM/YYYY)
Unofficial Overall GPA (round to the nearest hundredth)
Unofficial Math & Science GPA (round to the nearest hundredth)

Applicants must provide an official transcript from the college/university they are currently attending as well as from any college/university they previously attended to ensure a complete application. Transcripts can be sent to:

MCW Graduate School (SPUR)
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Transcripts must be received or postmarked by the deadline of February 1, 2016 for full consideration.

Previous Colleges or Universities Attended (if applicable):

Previous School 1:

Previous School 2:

Previous School 3:

Are you currently, or were you previously, involved in any health or science related student clubs, organizations, etc.?

 Yes  No

If Yes, please include the name(s) of the club/organization along with any specific roles and responsibilities you had:


Two letters of recommendation are required to ensure a complete application. Letters should be written by a current or previous professor, on official letterhead, and be sent directly from your recommender via email to or to:

MCW Graduate School (SPUR)
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Letters or recommendation must be received or postmarked by the deadline of February 1, 2016 for full consideration.

  Name Email
Recommendation 1
Recommendation 2
It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that their recommenders submit a letter of recommendation on their behalf by the application deadline.

Please describe your interest in research. Provide specific examples. (2,500 character max)

Describe any relevant research and/or work experience that might further your candidacy for SPUR, including awards and recognitions. (2,500 character max)

If chosen, what kind of experience would you be expecting from this program? (2,500 character max)


If you have not already done so, you are encouraged to visit the webpages of the MCW departments, institutes and centers listed below to further review the areas of research that previous SPUR participants have been exposed to.

Advanced Ocular Imaging Program



Cancer Center

Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy

Children's Research Institute

Clinical & Translational Science Institute

Institute for Health & Society

Microbiology & Molecular Genetics

Pharmacology & Toxicology



Please rank the areas of research included you would like to work in using the dropdown menus below.
1st choice
2nd choice
3rd choice
If you are interested in an area of research that is not included in the dropdown list, please list it here.
While applicant rankings are strongly considered during the selection process, applicants who are offered a spot in SPUR may not be offered placement in any of their top 3 choices. It is ultimately the applicant's decision whether or not to accept any offer made to participate in SPUR.
How did you hear about the SPUR Program?
If you chose"Other", or if you chose any of the other dropdown selections, please specify (i.e. what, who or where).


By entering your name in the signature box below, you are:

  • Validating that the information you have provided on this application is accurate and truthful to the best of your knowledge.
  • Confirming your willingness to share the information you have provided with MCW faculty and staff members involved with the selection and placement of SPUR applicants.
  • Understanding that you are applying for a research-intensive summer training program that may involve the use/handling of human tissue and/or animals.
Electronic Signature

If you do not receive a confirmation email immediately following your application submission, please contact for assistance.

For questions about the application process, timeline, etc., please refer to the SPUR webpage or contact us at:

P: 414-955-4402
F: 414-955-6555


Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 955-8296
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