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Student Organizations

Mayo Clinic graduate students in a meeting

Get involved and make connections by joining a student organization where you can meet others, pursue interests together, and build essential leadership and career skills. 

Graduate Student Association

The purpose of the Graduate Student Association (GSA) is to facilitate the interaction between the administration of Mayo Graduate School and students enrolled in the graduate degree programs. It also provides an avenue for information exchange between graduate students in various programs. 

Each track selects a student representative. The reps meet throughout the year with the associate dean for student affairs and the administrator for the graduate school. The reps are to bring to these meetings concerns from students in their programs, to serve as a contact for items from each program for the newsletter, and to plan graduate school student activities.

To connect with the GSA, contact

American Physician Scientist Association (APSA)

Mayo Clinic has a local chapter of APSA, led by students that supports programming for those seeking careers in both research and medicine.

Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)

Mayo Clinic has a local chapter of the national professional organization for biomedical engineering. 


Brainwaves is a student-run neuroscience outreach program dedicated to forging educational partnerships with local schools and community youth programs serving disadvantaged students in the Rochester area.

Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA)

Mayo Clinic has a local chapter of the national evangelical umbrella organization that provides unity, interconnection, and relevant education.

Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD)

IMSD is a program focused on increasing the number of researchers in underrepresented groups by offering opportunities for professional development, improving communication skills, and providing counseling and evaluation.

Initiative for Medical Equipment Sustainability (IMES)

IMES is a student-run group focusing on empowering health care and engineering technicians in developing countries through outreach focused on medical and laboratory equipment sustainability.

InSciEd Out

Integrated Science Education Outreach (InSciEd Out) is a collaborative group among Mayo Clinic, Winona State University-Rochester, and Rochester Public Schools set to give pre-K-12 students an opportunity to connect with and engage in conversation with scientists, engineers, and educators.


A subcommittee of the LGBTI Mayo Employee Resource Group, this group meets to discuss how to create and foster a safe and inclusive environment for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science learners.

Mayo Chamber Symphony

This orchestra meets Tuesday evenings from September through April with three concerts each year. The orchestra is informal and fun with players of mixed abilities.

Pedagogy Interest Group

This group offers workshops on becoming better teachers and communicators.

Regenerative Sciences Training Program (RSTP)

RSTP is a trans-disciplinary education program designed to enhance trans-disciplinary Ph.D. training specifically in regenerative sciences and will equip the next generation of leaders with the skills necessary for the discovery, translation, and ethical application of regenerative medical therapies. 

Somos Latinos MERG

This MERG creates an infrastructure that promotes, educates, and celebrates the cultural heritage of Hispanic and Latino employees and students.

Women in Science and Engineering Research (WiSER)

WiSER supports the success of women in research by providing opportunities for career development, networking with women leaders, identifying strong mentors, and developing a meaningful community for women in biomedical research at Mayo Clinic. 

Off-campus volunteer activities that are popular with grad students:

Off-campus groups and activities that are popular with grad students:

  • Choral Arts Ensemble
  • Curling Club of Rochester
  • Indoor soccer leagues
  • Kickboxing
  • Mario Roberto Jiu Jitsu Academy
  • Rochester Community Education
  • Rochester Parks and Recreation sports leagues
  • Rochester Soccer Club
  • Rochester Tennis League
  • United States Tennis Association (USTA)