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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.  



All applicant documentation (application, personal statement, letters of endorsement, and official transcript) must be submitted by the application deadline, Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 10 pm Central Time. Due to the competitive nature of the application process, no late applications will be considered.

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The SUPREMES Application is composed of 25 questions and will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.  Please be prepared to upload your resume, transcripts, and personal statement and answer questions regarding your scientific interests, as well as current academic activities.  

Complete Application

Letters of Recommendation

Submit two letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must be written by current and/or former professors/instructors or advisers and should convey your interest in the sciences and research. 

(It is recommended that all applicants follow up with their referees to ensure letters are submitted prior to the application due date.)

Submit Letters of Recommendation


Applicants will be notified no later than April 13, 2020, if they are invited for an in-person interview during the week of April 27-May 1, 2020. The applicants who are chosen to participate will be sent an acceptance letter via email. Upon accepting the offer in writing via email, the applicant's participation in SUPREMES will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check and a Program Memorandum/Affiliation Agreement, which must be in place with the applicant's high school prior to the start of the first day of the program. If accepted into the program, the program administrators will work with your school to complete this requirement; no action is required on your part.



SUPREMES is scheduled to begin Tuesday, September 8, 2020, and conclude on May 13, 2021, with the research symposium.  For a better understanding of the SUPREMES schedule:


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