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Research Opportunity for Academic Development in Science (ROADS)

ROADS is a program designed to provide diverse high school students with a meaningful experience in a research laboratory setting and to stimulate their career interest in science, medicine and biomedical research. During your seven weeks, you will have the opportunity to participate as an active member of a research team, develop an abstract and present findings, increase your understanding of critical issues in basic science and clinical research, and improve your learning skills and increase your scientific knowledge.

Additional Program Benefits:

One time stipend paid at end of program
Trip to Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry
Group social activities Apply now for the 2024 ROADS Program

ROADS Program Dates, Application Requirements and Procedure

Before you start your application

Before you start your application

You will need to request an official transcript. Transcripts should be mailed directly to the Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity using the address provided under the contact information. Before beginning your application, you will need the following information about your recommenders: Name, Title, Email Address and Phone Number.

The application process should take about half an hour, please be sure to allot ample time to complete the form without interruption. Once you begin the application, it is recommended that you complete it in its entirety.

How do I qualify?

How do I qualify?

Students must demonstrate a serious interest in a medical or allied health career and meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Be from an ethnically, economically and/or educationally disadvantaged background
  • Have a strong science and math GPA, at least 3.0
  • Attend a high school in the Milwaukee Public System (MPS), Milwaukee charter school, Milwaukee area private school or surrounding suburban school district
  • Rising junior, senior or June graduate


We recognize that there are a myriad of factors that may pose unique challenges to every individual. In defining these groups, we identify populations where there is a disconnect between the group’s representation and perspectives in the educational environment and current workforce compared to the general population. To advance health equity, more focused and sustained outreach and recruitment efforts exist for individuals in these groups who may not have equal access to resources to reach biomedical careers. High school students from the Milwaukee metro region in the following populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • African American
  • Mexican American
  • Puerto Rican
  • Native American
  • Hmong American
  • Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds
*Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds as defined by National Institutes of Health
Important ROADS Program Dates

Important ROADS Program Dates

Application Deadline:

  • Opens: Late October
  • Closes: March 1

Program Dates:

  • June 17 – August 2
Requirements and procedure

Requirements and procedure

Complete online application, must have parental/guardian support and permission.

Submit official high school transcript in sealed envelope via US mail to:

Medical College of Wisconsin
Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity
Attn: Program Manager
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Submit two (2) electronic recommendations.

You will receive an email link to be forwarded to your recommenders to complete the process. Mailed recommendations are not accepted.

  • High School Science Teacher (required)
  • High School Guidance Counselor, Administrative Staff
  • Employer, Internship Program Staff

Be available for the entire duration of the seven-week program. Commitment is an estimated 40 hours per week.

If selected, be available for an interview - usually during the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) spring break.

Submit the 2024 ROADS Application

Contact Us

Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity (OSID)
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Program Contact Information
Ricardo Aguilar

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