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

Program Director
Brian Hoffmann, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Department of Physiology
Cardiovascular Center
Medical College of Wisconsin
Marquette University

Program Administrative Support
Haley Bass
Senior Administrative Assistant
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Medical College of Wisconsin
Marquette University

Program Contact Information  (send all inquiries here)

Program Overview

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 Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute (CRI), and the Veteran’s Affairs 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 faculty investigators.

The program has two learning modules—(SUPREMES 2019-2020 Academic Schedule):

Module 1: Training (Semester 1)

Students will attend two, consecutive one-half day workshops per week (~6 hours total) 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 (Semester 2)

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, or the VA Medical Center. Students are required to work a minimum of approximately 6-8 hours a week in an assigned laboratory setting matching their research interests throughout the module. 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

The student 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.
  • 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, clinical, or technological research.

Program Objectives (Student Requirements)

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

  • Attend the mandatory orientation the evening of August 22nd, 2019.
  • 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 for Module 1.
  • Complete all required laboratory safety trainings per institutional placement (MU, CRI, 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 (Module 2).
  • Attend monthly research progress check-in during Module 2.
  • Communication will be frequently handled by email so a valid student email will be required. 
  • 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 student’s participation in the program.


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

  • Minimum of 16 years of age AND Junior standing upon the start of the program. Absolutely no exceptions will be made for this eligibility requirement. 
  • 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. 
  • Complete and submit all application materials on time.  Due to the competitive nature of the application process, no late applications will be considered. 
  • Write a personal statement describing your interests in the program and why you would be a successful participant. If your GPA is lower than 3.5 address that here. 
  • 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.
  • 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. This must be in place before the first day of the program for the student to participate.


All application documentation (application, two-page resume, personal statement, letters of endorsement, and transcript) must be submitted by the application deadline. The application deadline for SUPREMES is scheduled to be Monday, April 1st, 2019 at 10 pm Central Time. Any applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. To apply click here for the application website. Any questions regarding the application process should be directed to

Applicants will be notified no later than April 12th, 2019 if they are invited for an in-person interview in the week of April 22nd-26th, 2019. Applicants chosen to participate will be sent an acceptance letter via the email provided with their application. Upon accepting the offer in writing via email, the applicant's participation in SUPREMES is contingent upon successfully completing a background check and having a Program Memorandum/Affiliation Agreement in place between the Medical College of Wisconsin and the high school prior to the start of the first day of the program.

SUPREMES is scheduled to begin Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 and conclude on May 14th, 2020 with the research symposium.  Click here for the preliminary schedule.



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