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Dean's Scholars Program at Xavier University of Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana Dean's Scholars event

Mayo Clinic has partnered with Xavier University in Louisiana, a top institution for pre-medical and pre-health academics, to launch XULA Dean’s Scholars, a pathway program that prepares undergraduates for medical school through mentorship, clinical shadowing, MCAT preparation, research experience, and other professional development activities.

XULA scholars participate in a two-week hybrid program in the first summer. In the succeeding academic year, participants further engage in research skills and professional development opportunities. Finally, to round up the program, participants spend a second summer in a four-week intensive research residency to publish a scholarly article and/or present findings at a professional conference.

Program highlights:

  • MCAT preparation through The Princeton Review, including 66 hours of instruction, practice tests, books and resources, and one-to-one coaching
  • Clinical exposure through medical and surgical observation with Mayo Clinic physicians at the Florida campus
  • Career exploration through dialogues with medical students, residents, attending physicians, scientists, and school leadership
  • Personal development through career readiness and well-being workshops
  • Mentoring and continued learning and engagement during the academic year 

Application process

Application is by invitation only. The program is open to XULA undergraduate students who meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply:

  • Rising junior on a pre-medical track
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better
  • Seeking an M.D. or M.D.-Ph.D., or demonstrated desire to pursue a research career
  • Underrepresented minority or a demonstrated desire to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in healthcare

Application timeline

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Feb. 9-Feb. 19, 2024 By invitation only

Program dates

  • July 14 to July 27, 2024: Introductory program (hybrid)
  • Sept. 1, 2024-April 30, 2025: Academic year program (one-to-two hours per month, virtual)
  • June 1-28, 2025: Research experience (four weeks, in-person)

Tuition and fees

There is no cost to participate. This is Mayo Clinic’s service to our community. Students will receive a stipend, travel allowance, and housing.