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Summer Research Opportunities in the MCW Center for Advancing Population Science (CAPS)

MCW Educational Programs

Apprenticeship in Medicine (AIM)

The purpose of AIM is to provide carefully selected high school students from diverse backgrounds with a meaningful experience to stimulate their interest in careers in medicine, biomedical research and allied health.

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Research Opportunity for Academic Development in Science (ROADS)

ROADS is a six-week program that delivers a wide range of experiences including mentorship from current medical students, weekly clinical shadowing, clinical hands-on simulations, field trips, and delivering an oral presentation about a disease/condition of your choice. You will receive a course certificate once the course has been completed.

Students who are interested in biomedical sciences will serve as interns in the summer. The intern would assist a MCW principal investigator who will mentor them on a current research project.

Student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, must be at least 16 years old, be from an ethnically, economically and/or educationally disadvantaged background, have a strong science and math GPA (at least 3.0), attend a high school in the Milwaukee Public System (MPS), Milwaukee charter school, Milwaukee area private school or surrounding suburban school district, and a rising junior, senior or June Graduate.

Application Requirements

  • Completed online application with parental/guardian support and permission
  • Submit high school transcripts in sealed envelope
  • Submit two (2) electronic recommendations (high school science teacher which is required, high school guidance counselor, employer/internship program staff)
  • Must be available for the entire six week program (commitment is estimated at 40 hours per week)
  • If selected has to be at interview during MPS spring break

ROADS Students and Projects

Kylie Brennan – A comparison of suicide rates in high-, middle-, and low-income countries
Mentoring Team: Aprill Z. Dawson, MPH; Rebekah J. Walker, PhD; Joni S. Williams, MD, MPH; Leonard E. Egede, MD, MS

Ryan Gallaway – Assessing cardiovascular disease risk in transgender individuals undergoing hormone therapy
Mentoring Team: Aprill Z. Dawson, MPH; Joni S. Williams, MD, MPH; Leonard E. Egede, MD, MS

Kenisha Kounga – Differences in suicide rates by socioeconomic status
Mentoring Team: Rebekah J. Walker, PhD; Aprill Z. Dawson, MPH; Joni S. Williams, MD, MPH; Leonard E. Egede, MD, MS

Vivian Pacheco – Factors associated with childhood sexual abuse and emotional distress
Mentoring Team: Joni S. Williams, MD, MPH; Aprill Z. Dawson, MPH; Rebekah J. Walker, PhD; Leonard E. Egede, MD, MS

Maiya Sabree – Sex differences in barriers to seeking treatment for major depression among African American adults
Mentoring Team: Joni S. Williams, MD, MPH; Aprill Z. Dawson, MPH; Leonard E. Egede, MD, MS

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Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)

SPUR is for students that are interested in gaining valuable research experience, refine critical thinking skills, build upon academic and professional networks and are introduced to various disciplines of science. Around 25-30 participants are selected each summer.

Students who are currently enrolled at an accredited college or university who intend to pursue scientific-based graduate studies, must be at least a sophomore or junior standing with a GPA of 3.2 or higher.

A complete application includes submission of our online application form, two letters of recommendation and official transcript(s). The letters of recommendation must be written by current and/or former professors/instructors or advisors, and should convey the applicant's interest in the sciences and research. The transcript(s) must be provided from any and all institutions of higher learning that the applicant has attended since graduating high school.

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