Nicole J. Boczek
Why did you choose research as a career?
I have been very interested in science since I was young. As a participant in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at Mayo Clinic during my undergraduate education, I knew I wanted to get involved in research full time.
I think it is a very exciting field that challenges you on a daily basis to think critically and problem-solve. There is never a boring day in this career, and so far I enjoy it!
What attracted you to Mayo Graduate School?
I participated in the Mayo Innovation Scholars Program as an undergraduate, and ever since that opportunity, I wanted to be a part of the Mayo Clinic community. I appreciate the translation that occurs at Mayo on a daily basis, and the research done here does make an impact on the patients' lives — and that was important to me as I was applying to graduate schools.
Why did you choose the clinical and translational science track?
I wanted my research to impact patients' lives; therefore, I was very drawn to the translational nature of the track. This track pushes its students to bring their research from bench to bedside and promotes collaboration between fields. I appreciate the open-minded approach to research and that the best way to expand scientific knowledge is to work together.
What do you like about Rochester, Minn.?
I love the people here in Rochester. Everyone is really friendly, and there are a lot of community-based events available.
What are your plans for the future?
I hope to use my education to continue translating basic research to patients. At this time, I am not sure what that job will be, but I am looking forward to what the future might bring.