Peter Grahn

How does your experience with Mayo education compare to previous educational experiences you have received at other institutions?

My experience with Mayo education has far exceeded my graduate school expectation. I lacked lab experience from my undergraduate career, but since joining Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences I've learned an incredible amount.

What kind of opportunities have you been introduced to since being at Mayo?

I've been supported by the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD). This program mentors students and teaches them what it takes to succeed in the competitive fields of biomedical science. The student development program also allows me to take a graduate level course each quarter and I am enjoying this experience, too. I've also been given the opportunity to be in a medical lab researching spinal cord injury.

Why did you choose Mayo Clinic verses other academic institutions?

I've lived my entire life in Minnesota and staying close to family and friends was essential to both my fiancé and me. Mayo has endless opportunities for me to advance my career in the medical field while staying close to family. The education program has been tremendously accommodating to my physical needs.

What is your program like? What sorts of projects/workshops have you done?

I've been allowed to take courses in the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and I'm also spending time in a research lab working on a treatment method for spinal cord injury, an injury that currently has no cure.

What do you feel the atmosphere is like at Mayo Clinic?

Teamwork and communication are imperative. Since my first day, I've felt like I joined a team that strives to improve the medical field with the Mayo approach of communication between patient care, education, and research.

What is your everyday life like in Rochester?

From 8 a.m. to 4 or 5 p.m., depending on the weekday, I am either in the lab or in class. After 5 p.m. I head home to cook and eat with my fiancé. After eating we usually hang out at home. If it's a weekend, we can be found visiting friends in Rochester, shopping, and relaxing.

What are your plans for the future?

I am currently applying for graduate programs and want to become a neuroscientist. I envision myself work in a team-based lab setting where each member contributes their scientific specialty to the lab. I want to mentor future scientists as well.

If you could describe Mayo in one word, what would it be?


What kinds of activities are you involved in Rochester?

None, outside of the programs I'm part of in Mayo, but I am learning about the many different activities and may be mentoring youth in the near future.

How does Rochester differ from your hometown? College?

Rochester has a tremendous scientific influence on the world. My hometown is home to Jennie-O Turkey Store, Inc. and it is very agriculture-minded. Rochester also has opportunities I would expect to find in a large city, yet it still has the intimate small-town feel.

Any other comments about Rochester, Mayo Clinic, etc.

If you are interested in attending Mayo Clinic, don't hesitate. Join this amazing team.

Dec. 07, 2011