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A career in biomedical research is not for everyone. But, if you:

  • Love science and get a thrill out of discovery
  • Always want to know why, not just what
  • Enjoy tough problems that just don't seem to want to be solved
  • Want to contribute to new medical breakthroughs

… then a career as a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D. scientist might be for you. You won't be certain, though, until you immerse yourself in a research lab, and Mayo Clinic is one of the best places for you to do that.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), sponsored by Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, offers a great way to build your skills as a young scientist or test your inclinations toward research.

Our SURF fellows tell us about the lasting friendships they made during the program and how the experience helped them with their career decision-making process. And because the questions they are studying are at the forefront of modern science, many students earn acknowledgment or co-authorship in articles submitted to professional publications.

In addition to their lab work, they also describe some of their unique experiences:

  • Mentors. The daily experience of learning from Mayo Clinic faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, medical students and others who are farther along their career paths.
  • Real-world research. The excitement of gaining hands-on experience with real-world research projects at a major medical center.
  • Top-notch scientists. The opportunities they had for close collaboration with nationally and internationally recognized scientists.
  • Modern facilities. The chance to learn how to use world-class instrumentation in modern research facilities.
  • Community. Great times living, working and playing with the whole SURF community.

We work hard to bring together a wide variety of talented, motivated students from all ethnic, geographic, educational and economic groups.