Mayo Innovation Scholars Program


"This program influenced my career goals and has helped me realize the impact I can have on real-world issues and problems. It allowed me to integrate the scientific knowledge I have gained at CSB/SJU with my aspirations for the future."

               -2012-13 MISP Participant 


"MISP has been an amazing experience in part because the team is comprised of two businesses and two science students and it gives students the project management skills to succeed in a real world project that Mayo Clinic is currently working on. As an added bonus, many employers that I have been interviewing with are impressed by MISP on my resume and regard the program highly."

-2011-12 MISP Participant

 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 along-side 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 2013-2014 will be in March, specific dates are May 6-7th. 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 following to Sanford Moskowitz  (Majors in GBUS/MGMT, ECON, COMM, and ACFN) and Jen Schaefer jschaefer@csbsjue.du (students majoring in BIOL, BIOCHEM, and Pre-professional in the Natural Sciences).  

  • Your résumé
  • Copy of your transcript
  • 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?

Please note the application deadline is Friday, October 11, 2013

Selection Criteria: Faculty will review applications and select students, who will be notified by Friday, October 18, 2013. Students must accept by Monday, October 21, 2013. The selected students will work as a team with a 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 28 or 30.

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