Goals

GREP is a post-baccalaureate program for participants with an interest in biomedical research. You will gain research experience that will aid you in deciding on and obtaining opportunities in your chosen career path related to biomedical research. The experience will increase your competitiveness and prepare you for your next career step. These goals are achieved by providing:

  • a mentored research experience in a world-class biomedical research laboratory
  • participation in selected graduate classes and seminars to enhance understanding of and provide exposure to related research and career development tools, including networking opportunities
  • presentation opportunities
  • access to mentoring and guidance with next steps in career development

Program timeframe

This is generally a 1-2 year program.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this program, you must have a:

  • Bachelor's degree with a strong background in science, technology, engineering, or math
  • Interest in biomedical research as a career
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Authorization to work and remain in the United States, without necessity for Mayo Clinic sponsorship now, or in the future (for example, be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident, refugee, or asylee)
  • Applicants who are currently in graduate or medical school are not eligible

Program success measurements

Within two years, students will have a clear understanding of and enthusiasm for their chosen career path within biomedical research, and will have secured their next position along that path. Post internship (or experience) opportunity positions could be offered if the student and Mayo Clinic are both interested in employment.

Application and selection process

GREP candidates should identify and contact Mayo investigators, stating their interest in the research of the laboratory and inquiring about opportunities (these are based on current availability of space and funding). Most positions are found this way. A list of research faculty in select areas can be found at Mayo Clinic Department websites, as well as on this complete list.

Potential hiring mentors can oftentimes be found among the list of faculty who are actively seeking Ph.D. students. Interested applicants can identify labs of interest and reach out by sending an email, providing an introduction using language such as:

"I am interested in Mayo's Graduate Research Employment Program (GREP) for recent college graduates like myself who are heading eventually to graduate training. GREP offers one to two years of research experience along with eligibility to take graduate courses at Mayo Clinic. I understand that participation in the program involves finding a mentor who is enthusiastic about hiring me for one to two years. I have been told that Mayo research administrators have full information about GREP, with annual costs to the mentor of about $40,000. I have attached my CV and would be eager to speak with you by phone or email if you are interested in discussing a potential research experience in your lab."

GREP candidates can also submit an application to the general GREP posting for consideration as openings become available. The applicant pool will be cleared annually on October 1, and a new application will be required for continued consideration.

Required application documents

  • Current transcript – unofficial transcripts will be accepted
  • 1-2 sentence statement of research interest
  • Resume and cover letter

Apply online

Interested students must apply for the Graduate Research Employment Program (GREP) via the Mayo Clinic job posting website.

GREP job postings are temporarily unavailable, but will be posted soon. Any applicants who have applied will need to re-apply once the new job postings are available. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

Questions may be directed to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Research Training (OPART) at OPART@mayo.edu

Please note: the purpose of this posting is to create a pool of candidates for possible future openings. Applications will always be accepted and if there is an opening, your application will be considered. For more immediate opportunities, applicants are encouraged to contact individual laboratories. Applicants should email investigators whose work is of interest briefly explaining their interest in the work and inquire about opportunities.