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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." -Past MISP Participant 

"This was an amazing, rewarding opportunity and I am very grateful I was chose to participate in it. I definitely feel this experience has made me much more marketable as an employee [and] think having 'Mayo Clinic' on my resume will cause many employer to give my application a thorough read-through. [Further,] it taught me how to work independently as well as in a team and enhanced my writing, article-reading, and presenting skills, which are so necessary in classes." -Past 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 2015-2016 will be in March, specific dates are March 10-11th. 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, BIO/CHEM, NURS, Integrative Health Sciences, Pre-professional programs in the Natural Sciences, Physics, MATH, and CSCI). Application materials should be submitted as one PDF attachment in the following order:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Statement of Intent 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?
  3. Your résumé
  4. Copy of your transcript

Please note the application deadline is Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

Selection Criteria: Faculty will review applications and select students, who will be notified by Friday, October 9, 2015. Students must accept by Monday, October 12, 2015. 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 29 or 30.

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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