The HCOP application for summer 2018 is now closed. The 2018 summer program is scheduled Thursday, June 14th through Saturday, July 28th

HCOP has partnerships with Milwaukee Public Schools,Chicago Public Schools, and rural high schools in Wisconsin to meet the educational needs of high school students interested in health care careers. HCOP offers students from disadvantaged backgrounds science enrichment and the opportunity to explore the fields of:

  • Behavioral health
  • Biomedical sciences (pre-med)
  • Clinical laboratory science
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Dentistry
  • Physical therapy
  • Physician assistant studies
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Summer Science Enrichment Program

The Summer Science Enrichment Program (SSEP) is designed for disadvantaged rising high school juniors (SSEP I) and seniors (SSEP II) who are considering a career in health care. The summer curriculum is free of cost and pays for all instructional costs. Qualified students receive a stipend which helps to offset lost summer wages and covers housing and meals. Travel reimbursement for one round trip to Milwaukee may be granted on a case-by-case basis.

Summer Programming Includes:


Professional Development

  • Professional interactions
  • Career exploration
  • Cross-cultural competency training


To be eligible for the program you must:

  • Be educationally and financially disadvantaged (see SSEP eligibility details below)
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal resident
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Be a rising high school junior or senior

Educationally Disadvantaged: You must meet at least one of the educational markers below

  • Be a first-generation college student
  • Attend high school in Milwaukee Public Schools, Chicago Public Schools or another large urban school district
  • Attend high school in a rural area in Wisconsin (city population below 10,000)
  • Attend a high school with low academic performance markers
  • Have an extreme personal, social, family, or environmental circumstance that you would like to explain in your personal statement

Financially Disadvantaged: Family Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty guideline for a student’s family size.

2017 Federal Poverty Chart

Persons in Household
(Dependents reported on 1040 form)

200% of Poverty Guideline
(AGI reported on 1040 form)

















For families greater than 8 persons, add $8,360 per person


Application Process

Online Application

In order to apply, please have the following documents available:

  • A copy of your parents’ latest tax return (1040 or 1040A) and a copy of your latest tax return.
  • A copy of your high school transcripts.
  • One recommendation form from your science professors.
  • Personal statement explaining why you want to pursue a health career. Also describe your volunteer and service work.
  • If you are not educationally disadvantaged, please provide a statement explaining what personal circumstances you believe we should consider in the review process.
  • If you are not a US Citizen, proof of residency is required (i.e. Permanent Resident Card/Green Card or passport).
Dr. Baker Lab


Program Staff

Dr. Lawrence Pan - Director
Kim Harris - Associate Director
Amber May - Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the School of Dentistry