Post-Baccalaureate Research Assistantship

Post-baccalaureate research assistant Annika Beck

Post-baccalaureate research assistant Annika Beck

The Biomedical Ethics Research Program sponsors several post-baccalaureate research assistantships for students interested in empirical bioethics scholarship. The position is ideal for students interested in a gap year between their undergraduate and graduate training programs. Our post-baccalaureate trainees have matriculated to top medical and law schools throughout the country.

The post-baccalaureate research assistantship is a paid position that's part of the Graduate Research Employment Program (GREP), which provides students throughout Mayo Clinic with an opportunity to conduct research in a mentored environment for one to two years. Trainees are expected to dedicate 40 hours a week to their research projects and related activities.

Post-baccalaureate trainees contribute to projects at multiple stages in the research process. They develop research skills that include empirical research methods, study design, data collection and analysis, and scholarly writing, and they gain a basic understanding of the field of bioethics. They also establish professional relationships with peers, colleagues and mentors in their areas of interest.

The post-baccalaureate program offers direct mentorship from faculty affiliated with the Biomedical Ethics Research Program. By working closely with experienced bioethics researchers, trainees develop critical thinking and analysis skills at all stages of the research process. Through the use of individualized personal development programs and bi-weekly check-ins, trainees improve their capabilities and goals.

Enrichment opportunities

Students in the post-baccalaureate research assistantship program have numerous enrichment opportunities:

  • Graduate school classes. Post-baccalaureate trainees are eligible to enroll in any Mayo Clinic graduate school course free of tuition. Previous trainees have taken courses on bioethics, research methodologies, statistics, human anatomy and health disparities.
  • Shadowing. Trainees can shadow physicians, clinical ethics consultants and other health professionals depending on their areas of interest.
  • Professional development. The post-baccalaureate research assistantship also offers networking opportunities to connect students with professionals in their areas of interest.
  • Community. The post-baccalaureate program emphasizes a collegial and collaborative working environment. Department activities include regular staff and lab meetings, lunchtime lectures, and community engagement events that provide opportunities to meet and discuss with peers and colleagues in both formal and informal settings.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the post-baccalaureate research assistantship, students must have completed a bachelor's degree with at least a 3.0 GPA before the position start date and must plan to pursue medical, law or graduate school admission. Students must have authorization to work and remain in the United States without Mayo Clinic visa sponsorship. All students must pass a background check and a post-offer placement assessment prior to their start date.

Successful applicants must be:

  • Committed to pursuing a career in which they engage in topics in biomedical ethics
  • Able to work independently
  • Proficient in written and verbal communication
  • Competent in identifying relevant peer-reviewed publications on specialized research topics
  • Highly motivated to learn new research methods

Application process

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Applicants must email these documents to bioethics@mayo.edu by March 13, 2020:

  • Cover letter describing career goals and how biomedical ethics research relates to those plans.
  • Resume or CV that includes your major, relevant coursework, honors and related experiences.
  • A five- to 10-page writing sample (such as a course paper), preferably on a topic in biomedical ethics.
  • Current college transcript.
  • Two letters of recommendation from research mentors or undergraduate teachers, addressed to Richard Sharp, Ph.D., Program Director. Letters should be sent directly by the recommender to bioethics@mayo.edu and must be received by the application deadline.

Contact

For more information or if you have specific questions, contact our education staff at 507-538-1433 or email us.

FAQs

Why should I study and research biomedical ethics at Mayo Clinic?

Mayo Clinic is frequently ranked as one of the top hospitals in the U.S. Students have the opportunity to collaborate with physicians and scholars who are nationally and internationally recognized and to gain hands-on experience with clinically relevant research at a major academic medical center.

How many hours will I be expected to work a week?

Post-baccalaureate trainees are expected to dedicate 40 hours a week to research activities. Overtime is possible during particularly busy weeks. Additional activities not related to a student's project, such as shadowing, are not included within paid working hours.

How will I be compensated for my work?

Post-baccalaureate trainees are full-time employees and are paid on an hourly basis. Trainees employed for more than a year are eligible for paid vacation and other benefits granted to Mayo employees. Trainees working for less than a year are not benefit-eligible. Learn more about benefits at Mayo Clinic.

What are the housing options?

Rochester has many options for housing, including near and around the downtown area. Previous trainees have successfully secured affordable accommodations within walking distance to campus.

How will I get to work?

Most post-baccalaureate trainees live near the office and either walk or bike to work. Rochester also has reliable public transportation. While a car may be helpful, it's not necessary.

The medical school interview season can be demanding. Can I take time off for interviews?

Yes. The post-baccalaureate research assistantship is flexible and understanding of interview schedules for graduate, law and medical schools.

Do students have the opportunity to publish or present their research?

Usually. Many of our students have been listed as authors on publications and have presented at national conferences. All students give internal presentations to our program. The opportunity to contribute to a peer-reviewed publication depends on many factors, including the availability of publishable research findings, the trainee's individual goals for the program, and the length of stay at Mayo Clinic.