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Academic and Student Services

High School Program

Student Enrichment Program for Underrepresented Professions (StEP-UP)

Program Components

Program Benefits

Select high school students who demonstrate an interest in science and medicine will:

  • Interact with MCW medical and graduate students, as well as practicing physicians.
  • Explore career opportunities in medicine, research, and other health professions.
  • Participate in professional and personal development sessions.
  • Participate in hands-on demonstrations of basic biomedical and clinical science principles to help prepare them for research in a lab setting.
  • Receive advising from program staff regarding high school and college courses.
  • Participate in advanced programming to complement current science curriculum.


  • Personal Development - Helps to give students the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, and responsible citizens.
  • Professional Development - The curriculum aims to help students develop the goals, skills, and attributes necessary for success as a student, an applicant to a professional program, and a career professional.
  • Hands-on Activities - Help students develop problem solving and critical thinking skills, as well as gain exposure to materials, and equipment in a lab setting.
  • Preparation for the Next Step - Students will be given resources and instructions to help prepare them for college.


We believe parent support and participation translates to active and engaged students. Parental sessions will:

  • Provide workshops and training materials for parents on how to improve their child’s study skills or learning in various academic subjects.
  • Engage families in opportunities to work with their children in setting their academic, college and career goals.
  • Provide interaction with community partners, MCW staff, faculty, and students to share resources for parents at orientation.

Program Dates

  • August 1, 2022: Applications Open
  • September 30, 2022: Application Deadline
  • November 5, 2022: Orientation
  • December 10, 2022: Session 1
  • January 21, 2023: Session 2
  • February 18, 2023: Session 3
  • March 18, 2023: Session 4
  • April 15, 2023: Session 5

Attendance is mandatory for each session.

2022 Program Timeline

Aug. 1

Applications Open

Sept. 30

Application Deadline

Nov. 5

Orientation Day!

High School Requirements and Application Procedure



Applications open for the 2022-2023 school year August 1, 2022.

Deadline to apply is September 30, 2022.



To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be from a background that is underrepresented in medicine.
  • Be able to travel to the MCW-Milwaukee campus for each session.
  • Students must have a 2.8 GPA minimum to apply

Please note: Children of MCW faculty and staff are not eligible to apply for StEP-UP. 

How to Apply

How to Apply

  • Submit completed application with personal statement.
  • Submit recommendation from science teacher or influential adult.
  • Submit copy of transcripts with application.
  • Be available for in-person interview.
Complete the application

Meet The StEP-UP Team

Adrienne German

Adrienne German
High School Outreach Coordinator
STEP-UP Middle and High School Coordinator

Ali Syed

Ali Syed
2023-2023 High School Curriculum Chair