Overview

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Program description

The Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Medical Physics Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship is a 10-week program at the Mayo Clinic campus in Phoenix, Arizona, intended to introduce highly motivated undergraduate students to medical physics research. As a student, you will participate in a medical physics research project and gain introductory exposure to the clinical medical physics environment.

You'll select from a list of available projects provided by physics faculty in the Department of Radiation Oncology. Active research areas include detector development, radiation treatment plan optimization, treatment outcomes modeling, medical imaging, and proton therapy.

The fellowship accepts undergraduate junior- or senior-level students majoring in physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, or engineering. Applications are accepted beginning in November, with offers extended in February. The summer research fellow will receive a stipend of $5,500 to assist with travel and living expenses.

Program goals

The Medical Physics Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship aims to:

  • Introduce undergraduate students to the field of medical physics
  • Make a significant contribution to a medical physics research project
  • Provide introductory exposure to the role of a clinical medical physicist

Facilities

Mayo Clinic has two campuses in Arizona. The Phoenix campus includes the state-of-the-art Mayo Clinic Hospital, the first hospital entirely designed and built by Mayo Clinic. It has been recognized several times by Phoenix magazine as the "Best Hospital in Phoenix."

The campus also includes a state-of-the-art education and conference center, which has a 330-seat auditorium and adjacent meeting rooms. The facility serves all types of learners engaging in lifelong learning.

The Mayo Clinic campus in Scottsdale is centered around a beautiful, five-story outpatient clinic. This modern facility contains extensive exam rooms, an outpatient surgery center equipped for general anesthesia, a full-service laboratory, pharmacy, patient education library, endoscopy suite, and a 188-seat auditorium for patient, staff, and student education programs. Services in numerous medical and surgical disciplines are provided, including outstanding programs in cancer treatment and organ transplantation.

Graduation and certification

After successfully completing this program, you will receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

Hours

For the majority of the fellowship, your learning schedule includes eight-hour days during normal business hours, with occasional deviations as needed to acquire data on clinical equipment outside of treatment hours. 

Class size

Each year, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admits one student to the Medical Physics Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. This ensures that you receive individual mentoring and a comprehensive research experience.

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