How does your Mayo Graduate School education compare to previous education that you have received at other institutions?
The support provided by Mayo Clinic allows me to focus more on my studies and research than at any other time in my education. World-class faculty and resources allow me to research novel ideas in pursuit of my degree.
What opportunities have you been introduced to since being at Mayo Graduate School?
My first year in the program has been exciting and productive. The curriculum includes several laboratory rotations that have allowed me to explore different research interests. I performed two of these rotations at the Rochester, Minn., campus and one at the Scottsdale, Ariz., campus where I decided to pursue my thesis work. Additionally, I have had the opportunity to travel to courses and conferences to present my work and have gained valuable scientific writing experience. As part of the curriculum I attended an intensive week-long immunology training course offered by the American Association of Immunologists (AAI). While researching my thesis, I gave a talk at the AAI annual meeting in San Francisco and presented a poster at the International Eosinophil Society meeting in Quebec City, Canada. Finally, I worked with my thesis advisor and close collaborators to publish a review paper in Transgenic Research.
Why did you choose Mayo Graduate School?
I was attracted to the cutting-edge research being performed at Mayo Clinic and the caliber of the faculty and students.
How would you describe the atmosphere of Mayo Clinic?
Open, friendly and helpful. These qualities extend throughout research, education and patient care and foster a collaborative environment.
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to pursue a career in academia as a professor and principal investigator.
If you could describe Mayo Clinic in one word, what would it be?
With what activities are you involved in Scottsdale?
I enjoy mentoring students from local high schools in the lab. This is an activity that I have found immensely rewarding. The enthusiasm and curiosity of these students provides additional motivation for me to work harder.
How does Scottsdale differ from your hometown? College community?
Scottsdale is a fun and comfortable place to live with vibrant city life and quick access to beautiful wilderness to explore. I enjoy the 300+ days of sun a year, the desert flora and fauna, and outdoor activities such as hiking.