2018 Application


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

  • This online application, along with the required supplemental materials (letters of recommendation, transcript), must be submitted or postmarked by the application deadline of February 1, 2018.
  • 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 Personal Email (non-academic)
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 Dual-Degree Program (MD/PhD)

Medical School (MD)

Pharmacy (PharmD)

Professional School (OT, PA, PT, etc.)

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 (to the hundredth place)
Unofficial Math & Science GPA (to the hundredth place)

Applicants must submit an official transcript from the college/university they are currently attending as well as from any previously attended college/university. If your institution provides official transcripts electronically, they can be sent via email to Transcripts can be sent to:


MCW Graduate School (SPUR)
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226


Transcripts must be received or postmarked by the application deadline to ensure that the applicant receives full consideration for participation in SPUR.

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:


Applicants must submit two (2) letters of recommendation. At least one (1) of the letters of recommendation should be written by someone academic (i.e. professor, mentor, tutor, advisor). Letters should be written on letterhead, signed, and submitted via scan and email to or by mail to:


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


Letters of recommendation must be received or postmarked by the application deadline to ensure that the applicant receives full consideration for participation in SPUR.

  Name Email
Recommendation 1
Recommendation 2

This application does not send notices to the recommenders you listed to prompt them to submit a letter of your behalf. It is your responsibility to ensure that your recommenders submit a letter 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

Center for Bioethics & Medical Humanities

Center for Patient Care & Outcomes Research

Children's Research Institute

Clinical & Translational Science Institute

Division of Epidemiology

Institute for Health & Equity

Microbiology & Immunology

Neuroscience Research Center

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?
Please specify (required)

By signing and submitting this form, you are verifying and confirming that you:

  • Will be 18 years or older by the start of the program (May 30, 2018)
  • Anticipate being able to a) provide a full-time effort (40 hours/week) and b) participate for the full duration of the program (May 30, 2018 – August 3, 2018)
  • Will need to agree to and successfully complete a background check if you are chosen to participate
  • May handle and work with animals if you are chosen to participate
  • May be required to take a TB test if you are chosen to participate

Electronic Signature:     Date: 

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