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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.

Program Dates

  • Orientation: November 6, 2021
  • November 20, 2021
  • December 11, 2021
  • January 29, 2022
  • February 12, 2022
  • March 12, 2022
  • April 2, 2022

Attendance is mandatory for each session.

2021 Program Timeline

Aug. 2
Applications Open
Oct. 1
Application Deadline
Nov. 6
Orientation Day!

Middle School Application Requirements and Procedure



Applications open for the 2021-2022 school year August 2, 2021.

Deadline to apply is October 1, 2021.



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.
Complete the application