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Academic and Student Services

Middle School Program

Student Enrichment Program for Underrepresented Professions (StEP-UP)

Program Components

Program Benefits

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

  • Interactive sessions with MCW medical and graduate students, practicing physicians, and other health professionals.
  • An early exposure to a variety of experiences to inspire their pursuit of a careers in medicine and science.
  • Extensive learning modules that are engaging and grade level appropriate given their current foundation and scientific knowledge.
  • Hands-on demonstrations of basic biomedical and clinical science teaching topics.
  • Six half-day sessions held on one Saturday per month throughout the academic school year.
  • Parental Information and resource sessions.


  • 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 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 and critical thinking skills, as well as gain exposure to reactions, materials, and equipment in a lab setting.Preparation for the next step - students will be given resources and instructions to help prepare them for high school.
  • Preparation for the Next Step - Students will be given resources and instructions to help prepare them for high school.

Parent/Guardian Session

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.

Middle School Application Requirements and Procedure

Application Deadline

Application Deadline

Middle application deadline is October 12, 2018.


To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be from a background that is underrepresented in medicine.
  • Ability 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

  • Complete online application with personal statement.
  • Submit recommendation from science teacher or influential adult.
  • Submit copy of attendance record.
  • Parental/Guardian participation required for first StEP-UP session each year.
  • New applications for the 2018-19 school year will be reviewed beginning May 14.
Complete the online application