Resources and Programs Available to Students

Questions about a program? Please contact the person(s) listed within each program. The CVC does not direct these programs.

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  Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)

Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)

Background
The Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) has been offered at the Medical College of Wisconsin for over 30 years. During that time, SPUR has hosted hundreds of students who have since made significant contributions to science and humanity through their current positions as teachers, instructors, professors, researchers, industry professionals, government leaders and clinicians. SPUR hosts roughly 25-30 participants each summer from across the country who gain valuable research experience, refine critical thinking skills, build upon academic and professional networks and are introduced to various disciplines of science. Participation in SPUR is intended for students who are currently enrolled at an accredited college or university who intend to pursue scientific-based graduate studies.

Emphasis
Research

Who
Undergraduates

When
40 hours/week for 10 weeks in the summer (late May to early August)

Support
Student stipend and student lodging (out-of-state only)

Deadline for Student Applications
February 1

Contact for Questions
Tony Perez | aperez@mcw.edu

  Diversity Summer Health-Related Research Education Program (DSHREP)

Diversity Summer Health-Related Research Education Program (DSHREP)

Background
DSHREP is a competitive program, funded by NIH, designed to provide research opportunities for undergraduate students from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in biomedical science, including individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, underrepresented cultural and ethnic groups, and individuals with disabilities.

Emphasis
Research

Who
Undergraduates

When
40 hours/week for 10 weeks in the summer (late May to early August)

Support
Student Stipend

Deadline for Student Applications
February 1

Contact for Questions
Jean Mallet | jmallet@mcw.edu

  Clinical & Translational Science Institute 500 Stars Summer Internship Program

Clinical & Translational Research Center 500 Stars Summer Internship Program

Background
The CTSI 500 Stars Initiative is a ten-year, multi-institutional, comprehensive educational & workforce diversity plan focused on increasing under-represented minority (URM) students in the translational workforce. Their goal is to enroll 500 undergraduate, graduate and high school students over ten years.

Who
High school, undergraduate, graduate students in STEM/health sciences field

When
20-40 hours/week for 7 weeks in the summer (mid June to early August)

Support
Student Stipend

Deadline for Student Applications
March 1

Contact for Questions
ctsi500stars@mcw.edu; Chamia Gary | cgary@mcw.edu (High School); Memory Bacon | mbacon@mcw.edu (College)

  Student Enrichment Program for Underrepresented Professions (StEP-UP)

Student Enrichment Program for Underrepresented Professions (StEP-UP)

Background
StEP-UP at the Medical College of Wisconsin is a competitive program designed to bring opportunities to middle, high school, and college students from disadvantaged backgrounds, underrepresented cultural and ethnic groups, and individuals with disabilities 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.

Who

  • Middle school students from Escuela Vieau Middle School, Carmen Middle School of Science and Technology, Golda Meir Middle School, Indian Community, Hmong American Peace Academy.
  • High school students from 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, South Division High School.
  • Undergraduate students from an accredited college in Wisconsin

When
6 half days on “Science Saturdays” throughout academic school year (middle school, high school, undergraduate); 3-Day Summer Medical Boot Camp (high school), ongoing volunteer experiences in MCW labs for up to 4 years (undergraduate)

Support
Priceless knowledge and research experience for students

Deadline for Student Applications
September 1 and also rolling basis

Contact for Questions
step-up@mcw.edu

  Apprenticeship in Medicine (AIM)

Apprenticeship in Medicine (AIM)

Background
The AIM program provides carefully selected high school students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to stimulate their interest in careers in medicine, biomedical research, and allied health. AIM emphasizes academic preparation, achievement, and career awareness.

Emphasis
Clinical

Who
High school students in the Milwaukee Public system, Milwaukee charter, local private school or surround suburban school district

When
40 hours/week for 6 weeks in the summer (late June to early August)

Support
Student Stipend

Deadline for Student Applications
March 1

Contact for Questions
Jean Mallet | jmallet@mcw.edu

  Research Opportunity for Academic Development in Science (ROADS)

Research Opportunity for Academic Development in Science (ROADS)

Background
ROADS is a program designed to provide high school students with a meaningful experience in a research laboratory setting and to stimulate career interest in science, medicine, and biomedical research. ROADS, originally called the Apprenticeship in Research (AIR), was launched in 1990 and was funded by the NIH.

Emphasis
Research

Who
High school students in the Milwaukee Public system, Milwaukee charter, local private school or surround suburban school district

When
40 hours/week for 6 weeks in the summer (late June to early August)

Support
Student Stipend

Deadline for Student Applications
March 1

Contact for Questions
Jean Mallet | jmallet@mcw.edu

  Medical Student Summer Research Program (MSSRP)

Medical Student Summer Research Program (MSSRP)

Background
This full-time summer fellowship program, funded by the NIH and philanthropy, is awarded to MCW medical students who wish to gain valuable research experience between their first and second years of medical school. Students are placed on a research team, and their skills are shaped through the guidance of seasoned MCW faculty. 

Emphasis
Research

Who
MCW medical school students; summer between M1 and M2

When
40 hours/week for 8, 10, or 11 weeks (late May to early/mid/late August)

Support
Student Stipend

Deadline for Student Applications
December 20 (intent to apply); February 1 (application & proposal)

Contact for Questions
Chamia Gary | cgary@mcw.edu

  Students Understanding Principles of Research Education through Medicine, Engineering, and Science (SUPREMES)

Students Understanding Principles of Research Education through Medicine, Engineering, and Science (SUPREMES)

Background
SUPREMES is an academic year program that provides high school students with an educational experience in biomedical research and technology development in grant funded laboratories at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), Marquette University (MU), and the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute (CRI) in the Milwaukee metro area. Students are introduced to new technologies, cutting-edge research, and exciting laboratory practices, guided and taught by highly skilled, established faculty investigators.

Emphasis
Biomedical and clinical research training along with technology development

Who
High school students from Kettle Moraine High School of Health Sciences, Brookfield Academy, Milwaukee Academy of Science, and Pius XI, but now opening up to all Milwaukee metro schools and surrounding areas if an affiliation agreement and program memorandum with the high school is completed

When
September 11, 2018 to end of 2019 spring semester

Support
Priceless knowledge and research experience for students

Deadline for Student Applications
April 23

Contact for Questions
Tim Sobotka | tsobotka@mcw.edu

  Delivering Research Innovation via Experience (DRIVE)

Delivering Research Innovation via Experience (DRIVE)

Background
DRIVE is a program pairing high school students at the Milwaukee Academy of Science (MAS) and the High School of Health Sciences (HS2) in Kettle Moraine with MCW scientists to engage in public health research. DRIVE, a program created and sponsored by MCW provides high school students with the opportunity to identify a public health issue in the Milwaukee community, conduct scientific research aimed at addressing the issue and draft a project proposal with the possibility of submitting for grant funding.

Emphasis
Public health-related research topics

Who
High school students from Milwaukee Academy of Science (MAS) and the High School of Health Sciences (HS2) in Kettle Moraine

When
Unknown

Support
Priceless knowledge and research experience for students

Deadline for Student Applications
Unknown

Contact for Questions
Charlotte Running | crunning@mcw.edu

  The Program for Undergraduate Research (PURE)

The Program for Undergraduate Research (PURE)

Background
Offered by the MCW Graduate School, a non-paid internship-based program for undergraduate students who are currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program at an accredited college/university. Selected students will be placed with a MCW faculty mentor who will provide varying levels of exposure to basic, translational and population research.

Emphasis
Research

Who
Undergraduate students currently enrolled in degree-seeking program at an accredited college/university

When
Academic year (mid-August to mid-May)

Support
Priceless knowledge and research experience for students

Deadline for Student Applications
No deadline, but applicants strongly encouraged to submit their online application at least one month prior to the start of the semester/term of which they are applying

Contact for Questions
pure@mcw.edu

  Students Modeling A Research Topic (SMART)

Students Modeling A Research Topic (SMART)

Background
SMART (Students Modeling A Research Topic) teams of high school students and their teacher work with research scientists to design and construct physical models of the proteins that are being investigated in their laboratories. The primary goal of the SMART Team program is to connect high school students to the real world of science that exists in an active biomolecular research.

Emphasis
Research

Who
High school students and their teacher in Milwaukee-area schools

When
Ongoing

Support
Priceless knowledge and research experience for students

Deadline for Student Applications
Unknown

Contact for Questions
Judy Baeten | baeten@msoe.edu

  Modeling A Protein Story (MAPS)

Modeling A Protein Story (MAPS)

Background
Modeling A Protein Story (MAPS) is a new program that allows teams of students and teachers to model the unique structure-function relationships of a protein and develop a research question to explore.

Emphasis
Research

Who
High school students and their teacher in Milwaukee-area schools

When
Ongoing

Support
Priceless knowledge and research experience for students

Deadline for Student Applications
Unknown

Contact for Questions
Diane Munzenmaier | munzenmaier@msoe.edu

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