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The nation’s need for well-trained physicians and biomedical researchers is greater than ever. MCW-Milwaukee invites you to explore your interests in biomedical sciences through a summer training experience as a research intern.

THE SUMMER RESEARCH EXPERIENCE DSHREP is a competitive program designed to provide research opportunities for undergraduate students from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in biomedical science, including individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, underrepresented cultural and ethnic groups, and individuals with disabilities. Our target ethnic groups are: African Americans, Mexican-Americans, Native Americans (American Indians and Alaska Natives), Hmong and mainland Puerto Ricans. Qualified diverse students who are accepted into the program are “matched” with an established faculty investigator(s) to participate in research project(s) addressing the causes, prevention, and treatment of cardiovascular, pulmonary and hematological diseases.

As the Associate Dean for Student Inclusion and Academic Enrichment, I am passionate about education and my work gives me the chance to couple that passion with my personal conviction of supporting students who are underrepresented in medicine with the opportunity to realize their dreams as physicians and biomedical researchers. MCW provides a supportive environment in which students are mentored and challenged during their summer experience. Our office is here to help ensure your successful growth and development. • Devotion to our students. • Exceptional education and clinical development. • Passionate faculty and researchers. Compassionate clinical care and dedication to the health of the community – this is the Medical College of Wisconsin. I invite you to discover more about our summer enrichment programs and consider applying.

Dawn S. Bragg, PhD. Professor, Pediatrics Director, Measurement and Evaluation Associate Dean, Student Inclusion and Academic Enrichment

WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME? During this ten-week program, you will have the opportunity to: • Be an active member of a research team • Explore career opportunities in research and health professions • Benefit from a stimulating environment of education and mentoring • Attend weekly lecture seminars on cutting edge topics • Understand the educational pathways that lead to your chosen health profession • Get to build relationships with fellow pre-med students from across the country • Participate in professional development enrichment sessions

WHAT’S REQUIRED OF ME? Be available for the entire duration of the ten-week program. Commitment is an estimated 40 hours per week. Attendance is mandatory at all seminars and training activities. Each research intern is required to provide a project abstract and present a 10-minute oral presentation at the conclusion of the program. Research interns must comply with MCW policies and rules of conduct regarding workplace and personal behavior, conduct of research, patient privacy and housing.

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Jordyn P. Blood Research Institute, Coagulation Biology Department

HOW DO I QUALIFY? To be eligible, undergraduate and graduate students must meet the following criteria: • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident • Be from an ethnically, economically and/or educationally disadvantaged background • Have a strong science and math GPA, at least 3.4

• Have successfully completed at least one undergraduate year at an accredited school or university, or attending a junior community college and enrolled in at least three courses per academic term • Show proof of health insurance prior to the start of the program • If selected for interview, must have active Skype account

PLEASE NOTE: Children of MCW faculty and staff are not eligible to apply for summer enrichment programs.

SALARY, LIVING & TRAVEL DSHREP is supported through an R25 research education grant funded by National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute (NHLBI), an agency of National Institutes of Health (NIH). Research interns are paid a bi-weekly salary of $10.00 per hour based on a 40 hour work week (students are not eligible for holiday pay or overtime). All laboratory expenses are covered. Housing accommodations are arranged for research interns whose permanent address is outside of Milwaukee County. Interns share an apartment suite with cooking facilities. Travel expenses to and from Milwaukee are available to those who do not reside within Wisconsin. Research interns will be able to participate in various social mixers (e.g., cookout, receptions), take advantage of the City of Festivals and visit local attractions.


Salary, travel expenses and housing expenses may be subject to Federal, State, Social Security, and Medicare taxes based on your completed W-4 Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate.

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Andrew M. Department of Pediatrics Division of Gastroenterology

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Apply Ea rly! LEARN MORE Please visit our website for the deadline date and application. Diversity-Programs.htm

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS & PROCEDURE Program Dates: Late May through Early August

Incomplete applications will be ineligible for consideration. NO applications are accepted beyond the deadline.

APPLY Complete online application. Submit official college transcript in sealed envelope via US mail to: Medical College of Wisconsin Office of Student Inclusion and Academic Enrichment Attn: Program Manager 8701 Watertown Plank Road Milwaukee, WI 53226

RECOMMENDATION Submit two (2) electronic recommendations. Mailed recommendations are not accepted.

INTERVIEW If selected for the program, you will be invited to interview via Skype.


Felicia O. Department of Biophysics

Who will I work with? You will be a member of a research team and your daily interaction may not be with your Principal Investigator (PI), you may work most closely with the lab manager, lab tech, postdoc and perhaps even graduate students. Will there be shadowing opportunities? Shadowing is not a core objective of the DSHREP program as the goal is to increase your scientific and research foundation, hence managing your responsibilities within the lab is the priority. No shadowing observations will be arranged by the Office of Student Inclusion and Academic Enrichment. How am I matched with a PI? The principal investigators (PI) review the applications and will make their determinations about who they feel might be a good fit for their lab. Do I need previous lab experience? Previous lab experience is not a condition of acceptance into the DSHREP program but a strong fund of knowledge will help students distinguish themselves and finds ways to actively contribute to the success of the lab and their project.

Response from a principal investigator who served as a mentor for a DSHREP student who was asked, what was most satisfying about serving as a preceptor: 8 | | 414.955.8735

“The most satisfying aspect of serving as a preceptor was having the opportunity to introduce new laboratory techniques. Her receptiveness and eagerness to learn, along with her success in implementing newly-acquired skills, made her a pleasure to work with.�

- Program Preceptor

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCIENCE PROGRAM (ENVIR) Select students who demonstrate an interest in environmental research will be offered acceptance into the ENVIR program. Students selected for this program will follow the basic structure of the DSHREP program.

Claire A. Pharmacology & Toxicology

What techniques will I use/learn? Dependent upon the lab in which you are matched, some students have developed or enhanced the following skill sets: • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) • Cell culture • Western blot • Protein assays-BCA and/or Bradford • DNA isolation and extraction

• Immunofluorescence (IF) and immunohistochemistry (IHC) staining • Protein purification • Microscopy • Potential to work with lab animals (mice, rats, zebra fish and etc).

How will DSHREP aid my career in biomedical science? The summer spent in DSHREP allows you to appreciate the relationship between research and medicine. The professional development sessions can be life lessons that help you position yourself favorably. Lastly, the valuable techniques you learn will enhance your pursuit of a career in biomedical science. Who else will I interact with during the summer? You will have the opportunity to build your network by being in an environment with like-minded peers. Throughout the summer you will also connect with various departments and faculty members from across MCW.

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Mid-Late October Application Opens

“The research experience was really intriguing. I enjoyed how precise and accurate our experimental protocol as well as experiment had to be.” - Program Participant

Akram I. Blood Research Institute, TFPI Biology

Early February Application Deadline

Mid February Status Update

Late February/ Early March Interviews

Late March Decision/ Commitment

Late May Program Starts

Sophia V. Physiology Department

Karael C. Biochemistry Department

Umi S. Biophysics Department Redox Biology Program

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS AMCAS Financial Aid Headshots Learning Styles MCAT Overview Mock Interviews Networking Student Panels

Matthew W. Biophysics Department Redox Biology Program


Hunger Task Force Milwaukee Brewers Museum of Science & Industry Summerfest

Iris A. Division of Surgical Oncology


DSHREP ALUMNI CURRENT MCW MD CANDIDATES Class of 2021 The DSHREP program is an integral part of student preparation and transition to medical school. “DSHREP allowed me to expand my thought processes and critical thinking skills, which are useful tools that I have carried with me during my time as an M1 student.” - Jayla W. Department of Biophysics (featured on cover)

“DSHREP allowed me to network with diverse students, physicians, and scientists, gain academic and professional skills to be a successful medical applicant, and build a lasting relationship with MCW.”

- Na’il S. Department of Medicine

“DSHREP gave me the opportunity to learn new lab techniques and skills that I plan to incorporate into my career as a physician and scientist.” - Bernice B. Cardiovascular Center, Anesthesia Research

“The program offers a variety of exposures (scientific research, physician shadowing, networking with faculty/staff/students, volunteering) to those who are underrepresented in medicine and research.”

- Program Participant

Medical College of Wisconsin Office of Student Inclusion and Academic Enrichment 8701 Watertown Plank Road Milwaukee, WI 53226 Phone: 414.955.8735 Fax: 414.955.0129


Learn more about undergraduate programs at

DSHREP Program Brochure 2018  
DSHREP Program Brochure 2018