About the Program

The SPARK Research Mentorship Program at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, provides high school students in Duval and St. Johns counties mentored research experiences in world-class laboratories. This program enables students to develop a basic understanding of scientific research and produce a highly competitive science fair project.

SPARK is a Science Program for the Advancement of Research Knowledge beginning the summer of 2017 as an opportunity for students to be mentored by some of the top researchers in the world.

Students interested in biomedical science and enrolled as juniors or seniors for the upcoming school year in either Duval or St. Johns County School Districts, or a member of the Joe Berg Seminar Series, will have an opportunity to design and carry out research projects within the Discovery and Translation Labs at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, for science fair competitions.

A minimum of 20 lab hours per week (weekdays and weekends) will be required during the summer break for a successful project to be completed for the science fair competitions. When school resumes, a flexible schedule will be set up between the student and faculty mentor.