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Students Understanding Principles of Research Education through Medicine, Engineering, and Science

Program Directors

Brian Hoffmann, Ph.D.

Tim Sobotka

Project Overview

SUPREMES is an academic year program that provides selected high school students with exposure and experience to biomedical research and technology development in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). Students will be introduced to new technologies, cutting-edge research, and exciting laboratory practices, guided and taught by highly skilled, established faculty investigators. This experience will provide students with the application component of biomedical science research to complement and support the theoretical information learned in the program. Furthermore, the student’s home academic institution may award academic credit or recognition after successful completion of the program in accordance with the institution’s policy and curriculum requirements.

The program has two learning modules—Training and Laboratory (one module per semester).

Module 1: Training (Semester 1)

Students will attend two, consecutive one-half day workshops per week (~6 hours total) at MCW and further their skills by understanding research technology, scientific scholarly writing, and scientific laboratory techniques/methodologies.

Module 2: Laboratory (Semester 2)

Students will apply the skills developed in Module 1 during a semester-long research-based investigation in a laboratory setting either at MCW or Marquette University (MU). Students are required to work 6-8 hours per week in an assigned laboratory setting. Please note that each student needs to successfully complete all requirements in Module 1 in order to participate in Module 2.

Program Benefits

The student will have the opportunity to:

  • Participate as an active member of a research team.
  • Increase their scientific/health literacy and understanding.
  • Learn about career opportunities in research and health professions.
  • Conduct research; develop a manuscript, poster, and present findings.
  • Expose students to existing educational programs and resources at MCW and/or MU.
  • Collaborate with science and health professionals to strengthen their reflective understanding of critical issues in basic science research.

Program Objectives (Student Requirements)

To complete the SUPREMES program successfully, the student will need to:

  • Attend all scheduled sessions and actively participate in their learning experience. Three or more absences (excused/unexcused) during Module 1 will automatically result in termination from the program.
  • Complete all required laboratory safety trainings per MCW compliance purposes.
  • Complete and submit all monthly reflections.
  • Lead two Journal Club discussions (one/module).
  • Maintain a laboratory notebook.
  • Document time spent in a laboratory setting (Module 2 only).
  • Attend research progress check-in during Module 2.
  • Use school email for all electronic communications related to the program (personal emails will not be allowed).
  • Compose a scientific manuscript.
  • Create a poster display centered on their research.
  • Present their findings to MCW faculty, staff, and community partners.

*Failure to meet any one of these aforementioned program requirements, may result in termination of the program.


The students must meet and adhere to the following guidelines to be qualified:

  • 16 years of age upon the start of the program.
  • Good academic standing with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Complete the application.
  • Write a personal letter describing your interests in the program and why you would be a successful participant.
  • Submit two letters of endorsement. The letters of recommendation must be written by current and/or former professors/instructors or advisors, and should convey the applicant's interest in the sciences and research. The letters of recommendation must be written by current and/or former professors/instructors or advisors, and should convey the applicant's interest in the sciences and research. Letters of endorsement must be written by a current and/or former teacher/counselor or a school administrator, and should convey the applicant's interest in the sciences and research.
  • Submit current high school transcript. To ensure success in the program, the student is required to have successfully completed or be currently enrolled in the following coursework: Biology, Chemistry, Algebra I & II, and two years of English/Composition.
  • An Affiliation Agreement and Program Memorandum between MCW and the student’s academic institution must be in place before the student commences participation.


All documentation as part of the application process (application, letters of endorsement and transcript) must be submitted by the application deadline. The application deadline for SUPREMES is scheduled to be Friday, June 2, 2017.

Applicants will be notified no later than June 30, 2017 regarding their status. Applicants chosen to participate are sent an acceptance letter via email. Upon accepting the offer, the applicant's participation in SUPREMES is contingent upon completing and successfully passing a background check.

SUPREMES is scheduled to begin Tuesday, September 12, 2017 and conclude towards the end of the 2018 spring semester (official date to be determined).

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