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Diversity Summer Health-Related Research Education Program (DSHREP) Internship

Do you dream of a future career helping your community through science and medicine?
The MCW Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity offers exciting summer programs to support, advise, and guide you in reaching these goals. With our dedicated and passionate team including scientists, physicians, and mentors, we aim to provide you with engaging and challenging experiences in a nurturing environment where you can grow and thrive academically.

What does it mean to be ethnically, economically, and educationally disadvantaged?
Some examples of individuals who may be ethnically, economically, and educationally disadvantaged are listed below. This is not an exhaustive list:

  • Those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented relative to their numbers in the general population
  • Growing up in poverty or in a disadvantaged socioeconomic status where the annual income is within the low-income thresholds according to family size
  • Being the first person from one’s family to attend college or graduate school
  • Graduating from a high school with little resources or with a high dropout rate

From FAQs to your First Day, the MCW team empowers you to achieve more in preparing for a health sciences education.
"The 10-week period was long enough for me to become independent and feel comfortable working in the lab." - Program Participant

Featured FAQ:
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 for future endeavors.

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, zebrafish and etc).

Is housing provided?
If the permanent address listed on your application is outside of the Milwaukee area, you will be housed in one of the apartment complexes at Wisconsin Lutheran College (WLC), a neighboring academic institution located within walking distance from MCW-Milwaukee. Interns share an apartment suite with cooking facilities.

What is the time commitment of DSHREP?
DSHREP takes place Monday through Friday. Lab time is typically from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST. Students must be available for the entire duration of the program. Commitment is an estimated 40 hours per week.

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DSHREP is a competitive program designed to provide research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in biomedical science, including individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, underrepresented cultural and ethnic groups, and individuals with disabilities. View our 2022 Program Brochure or FAQs