Innovative Minds Partnering to Advance Curative Therapies (IMPACT) Program

Innovative Minds Partnering to Advance Curative Therapies (IMPACT) is an exciting undergraduate program that has engaged more than 500 students from 30 Minnesota colleges and universities since its launch in 2014.

Program objective

The IMPACT Program encourages creative solutions to critical health questions through collaboration between undergraduate students and Mayo Clinic. In the program, Minnesota undergraduates engage in novel hypothesis generation to solve real-world health questions alongside Mayo scientists and physicians.

By involving students from traditional science majors and nonscience backgrounds, the IMPACT Program forges multidisciplinary partnerships toward the common goal of meeting patient needs.

Additional program information, including the IMPACT 2018 challenge question, can be found in the IMPACT Student Handbook (PDF).

Eligibility requirements

Teams of two to four undergraduate students are invited to participate in the IMPACT competition. Students from all years of undergraduate education and all academic majors are encouraged to submit hypotheses, and multidisciplinary teams are encouraged. There is no limit to the number of teams from a single institution.

IMPACT Symposium — March 10, 2018

Each team participating in the IMPACT competition was invited to Mayo Clinic to present its ideas at the IMPACT Symposium on Saturday, March 10, 2018. The symposium included poster presentations from every IMPACT team and oral presentations from the top teams.

The IMPACT symposium provides a chance for undergraduate students and their faculty sponsors to network with other students and faculty members across the state of Minnesota. Participants also learn about graduate and medical education programs within the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

Award information

The IMPACT Program celebrates high-quality student participation with financial awards. A prize of $1,000 per student is awarded to the winning team.

Application and selection information

For additional information, including important deadlines, submission requirements and selection criteria, refer to the IMPACT Student Handbook (PDF).

Teams register for the IMPACT challenge annually in November for the following year's program.


  • Jagneet Kaur
  • Rupinder Kaur
  • Brian V. Nguyen
  • Kurt L. Schwieters

Associate Directors, IMPACT Program


Previous students on the IMPACT Program

IMPACT Program at Mayo Clinic