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


SUPREMES is a academic-year program that provides high school students with an educational experience in biomedical research, clinical research, and technology development in laboratories at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), Marquette University (MU), the Children's Research Institute (CRI), Versiti, and the Zablocki VA Medical Center in the Milwaukee metro area. Students will be introduced to new technologies, cutting-edge research and exciting laboratory practices, guided and taught by highly skilled, established scientific researchers.  

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Program Overview

The SUPREMES program is comprised of 2 modules, each lasting one semester.

Module 1: Training

Students will attend two, consecutive afternoon workshops (~6 hours total) per week at MCW and/or MU to further their research understanding through state-of-the-art technology, scientific scholarly writing, and laboratory techniques/methodologies. Training in data analysis, statistics, electrical circuits, professionalism, resiliency, and laboratory safety will also occur.


Module 2: Laboratory Practicum

Students will apply the knowledge and skills developed in Module 1 during a semester-long research-based investigation in a laboratory setting at MCW, MU, the CRI, Versiti, or the VA Medical Center. Throughout the module, students are required to work a minimum of 6 hours a week in an assigned laboratory setting matching their research interests. Students that are high school juniors may return for their senior year to continue the laboratory experience if all requirements are met in their junior year.


Program Benefits

Participating students will have the opportunity to:

  • Participate as an active member of a research team.
  • Increase their scientific/health literacy and understanding.
  • Conduct research; develop a manuscript, poster, and present findings.
  • Learn about career opportunities in research and health professions.
  • Gain exposure 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, clinical, or technological research.

Program Requirements

To successfully complete the SUPREMES program, students will be required to:

  • Attend the mandatory orientation on the evening of August 20, 2020.
  • Attend and actively participate in all scheduled learning sessions. Two 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 for Module 1.
  • Complete all required laboratory safety trainings per institutional placement (MU, CRI, Versiti, VA) in Module 2.
  • Complete and submit all monthly reflections.
  • Lead one Journal Club discussion in Module 1 or 2.
  • Maintain a laboratory notebook in Module 2.
  • Document time spent in a laboratory setting in Module 2.
  • Attend monthly research progress check-in during Module 2.
  • Maintain a valid student email.  
  • Compose a scientific manuscript.
  • Create a poster display centered on their research.
  • Present their findings to MCW faculty, staff, and community partners.

Please note, failure to meet any one of these aforementioned program requirements may result in termination of the student’s participation in the program.


To qualify for the SUPREMES, students must meet and adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Be a minimum of 16 years of age AND of Junior standing upon the start of the program. Absolutely no exceptions will be made for this eligibility requirement. 
  • Be in Good academic standing with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Exceptions will be considered for the GPA requirement if addressed in the personal statement or other application materials. 
  • Have successfully completed or be currently enrolled in the following coursework: Biology, Chemistry, Algebra I & II, and two years of English/Composition.
  • Complete and submit all application materials on time, including all recommendation letters.  



As a result of our ongoing commitment to student safety, the SUPREMES program is not accepting applications during the COVID pandemic.  Information will be provided for future applicants as COVID precautions are lifted.