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Mayo Innovation Scholars Program

"The real world applicability of this project was extremely valuable, as was the opportunity to work in a cross-disciplinary team." -William Canfield, 2015-2016 

"This experience was extremely unique and was unlike any other project that I have worked on. I gained a lot of knowledge on how to work with people, as well as do a professional job on the final product. This is a program that I will talk about in my job interviews for a long time." -Daley Rupar, 2015-2016

The Mayo Innovation Scholars Program offers an unparalleled opportunity for selected undergraduate students, along with a small group of MBA students, to research specific projects submitted by Mayo Clinic professionals. Whether they research the medical-scientific aspect of the project, or work on business-oriented tasks, students involved in the MISP project work alongside a faculty mentor and MBA student to explore cutting-edge products, research topics, and examine services provided by the Mayo Clinic.

After attending the required orientation session in the fall regarding the Program's policies and specific project assignments, students work from October through March to interview Mayo Clinic staff members and research their topic area, before preparing a final paper and presenting the results of their research efforts to professionals at Mayo Clinic and other program participants. Mayo Innovation Scholars Presentations days for 2016-2017 will be March 9-10th. Through the financial support of CSB/SJU, the Medtronic Foundation and the Minnesota Private College Council, student participants receive $1,000 for their concerted efforts following the presentation in March.

Eligibility: The Mayo Innovation Scholars Program is open to current CSB and SJU Juniors and Seniors only; in particular, those who meet a GPA requirement of 3.2 or above.

Application Process: Submit the items outlined below to Lisa Lindgren/ [email protected] (Majors in GBUS, ECON, COMM, and ACFN) or Jen Schaefer/ [email protected] (students majoring in BIOL, CHEM, BIO/CHEM, NURS, Integrative Health Sciences, Pre-professional programs in the Health Sciences, and Physics). Application materials should be submitted as one PDF attachment in the following order:

1.  Cover letter that explicitly addresses the questions:

  •      Why do you want to participate in the Mayo Innovation Scholars Program?
  •      What strengths will you bring to this experience?
  •      What other time commitments and travel do you have planned for November through March?

2.  Your résumé
3.  Copy of your transcript

Please note: the application deadline is Thursday, September 29, 2016

Selection Criteria: Faculty will review applications and select students, who will be notified by Friday, October 7, 2016. Students must accept by Monday, October 10, 2016. Selected students will work as a team with an MBA project leader from St. Thomas or Augsburg at least once in the time between selection as an MISP participant and the required fall training on October 27 or 28.

For general questions about the program, students may also contact Laura Hammond, Assistant Director of Experiential Learning & Community Engagement, via email ([email protected]) or phone (320-363-5300).

For helpful tips on cover letter and resume writing, please visit the Career Services website; make an appointment with a career counselor for a resume or cover letter critique too.












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