Why Mayo Graduate School?
Mayo Graduate School provides advanced scientific training toward Ph.D. degrees in biomedical research in a resource-rich, collaborative environment dedicated to scientific discovery.
Modern biomedical research requires teamwork and highly sophisticated technologies. Mayo Clinic has 14 core research facilities with the most modern instrumentation:
- Analytical Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
- Biomedical Imaging
- Biomedical Mass Spectrometry and Functional Proteomics
- Electron Microscopy
- Flow Cytometry/Optical Morphology
- Immunochemical Core Laboratory
- Materials Testing Facility
- Molecular Biology Core
- Monoclonal Core Facility
- Organic Synthesis
- Protein Sequencing/Peptide Synthesis
- Research Computing Facility
- Transgenic Mouse Gene Targeting Facility
Mayo Graduate School benefits from other excellent educational resources within Mayo Clinic College of Medicine:
- The Mayo Medical Library system is one of the largest in the world.
- More than 6 million Mayo Clinic patient histories and an annual patient population of 500,000 provide an invaluable resource for translational research.
- Mayo Clinic Scientific Publications assists staff, faculty and students to publish approximately 1,800 manuscripts each year, as well as five to 10 books annually, establishing Mayo Clinic as one of the most prolific sources of published medical information in the world.
Outstanding Faculty + Small Class Size = Committed Mentorship
At Mayo Graduate School, approximately 150 Ph.D. and M.D.-Ph.D. candidates have easy access to more than 200 graduate faculty. This low student-to-faculty ratio gives you the opportunity for close collaboration with internationally recognized researchers who serve as thesis advisers. Smaller class sizes also allow our program to adapt easily to your background and interests.
Generous Financial Support Ensures Program Flexibility
All students appointed to the Ph.D. and M.D.-Ph.D. programs receive a stipend of $26,750 per year (2010-2011), full-tuition scholarships, low-cost medical insurance and other benefits. Students need not identify a faculty member to support them financially, as the program provides annual support. This allows students the freedom to choose their track and mentor based upon their interests. Also the stipend does not require teaching of courses.
The hallmark of research at Mayo Clinic is the highly collaborative interaction that occurs between investigators in the basic science and clinical areas. Mayo Clinic offers basic scientists unequaled opportunities to contribute to basic research that leads to real-life clinical applications with direct benefits to patients. Although each Mayo Clinic investigator has an independent laboratory composed of postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and technicians, active collaborations with other research groups within the institution and other research centers are common. Consequently, others will share in mentoring in addition to the thesis adviser. Our emphasis on shared resources and cooperation among research groups allows each student to follow his or her research, no matter what direction it takes.
A Leader in Biomedical Research and Education: Past, Present and Future
Mayo Clinic, established in the late 1800s, is recognized as the first and one of the largest private group practices of medicine in the world. Its worldwide acclaim as a leading medical practice is due in large part to its 100-plus-year commitment to advancing biomedical research and education.
Today, this long-term commitment to research and education sustains diverse areas of basic science and clinical research, and five schools comprise the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Multidisciplinary research and educational opportunities span our three campuses in Rochester, Minn.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Scottsdale/Phoenix, Ariz.