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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.
  • Be eligible to participate in 3-Day Summer Boot Camp.

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.

3-Day Summer Medical Boot Camp

  • Will offer high school students a more intense experience that will build on Science Saturday sessions.
  • Participate in hands-on demonstrations of basic biomedical and clinical science principles in preparation for the StEP-UP academic year.
  • Interactions with faculty members, medical and graduate students, and other healthcare professionals.

Parent/Guardian

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.

Attendance is mandatory for every session.

A tentative schedule will be provided to all accepted students.

High School Requirements and Application Procedure

Application Deadline

Application Deadline

High school application deadline is October 12, 2018. 
Eligibility

Eligibility

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.

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

How to Apply

How to Apply

  • Student must have 2.8 GPA minimum 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.
  • Attendance is mandatory for every session. A tentative schedule will be provided to all accepted students.
  • Parental/guardian participation is required for the first StEP-UP session each year.
  • New applications for the 2018-19 school year will be reviewed beginning May 14.
Complete the online application