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The Student Enrichment Program for Underrepresented Professions (StEP-UP) at MCW is designed to bring opportunities to middle, high school, and college students 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.

StEP-UP is a competitive program designed to provide opportunities to local middle school, high school and college students from disadvantaged backgrounds, underrepresented cultural and ethnic groups, and individuals with disabilities. Our target ethnic groups include African Americans, Mexican- Americans, Native Americans (American Indians and Alaska Natives), Hmong, and Mainland Puerto Rican.

Applications for StEP-UP Are Now Open!

Visit each program page for application information and to apply.


Middle School Program

Middle school students in STEP-UP will participate in learning modules that are engaging and grade level appropriate, given their current foundation and scientific knowledge.

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High School Program

High school students in STEP-UP will be exposed to an array of career options and participate in sessions that will help to nurture, support, and develop their interest in science and medicine.

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College Program

StEP-UP students move through the program in a supportive cohort that supplements their pre-medicine and biomedical studies through each year of college.

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Contact Us

Sponsored by the Office of Student Inclusion and Academic Enhancement and the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin (AHW) Endowment.

Medical College of Wisconsin

8701 Watertown Plank Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53226

Office of Student Inclusion and Academic Enhancement

(414) 955-8735