Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP)

The Mayo Clinic Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) has been cancelled for 2020.

Out of concern for our patients, students and community during the COVID-19 pandemic response, Mayo Clinic cannot effectively and safely offer the UREP program. This has been a very difficult but necessary decision; student well-being is OPART's top priority.

The Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) offers undergraduate students research experiences that will aid them in deciding on and obtaining opportunities in their chosen career paths.

Eligibility

Applicants to the UREP must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Have completed at least one year of college. High school students and postsecondary students are not eligible.
  • Be currently enrolled in a university or college and returning in the fall semester after UREP participation.
  • Be pursuing an undergraduate degree in a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) field.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Be able to commit to the program for a minimum of 10 weeks.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, refugee or asylum-seeker. Applicants with an F-1 or J-1 visa, an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) or an Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment authorization will not be accepted. No exceptions will be made to this policy.

Participants must pass background checks and screens before beginning the program.

A post-offer placement assessment (POPA), composed of a urinalysis drug screen, physical history review, immunizations review and TB skin test, must be completed at least 10 business days prior to the program start date. UREP participants who are traveling to Mayo Clinic for the program should note this time frame and plan accordingly. The POPA can be completed at Mayo Clinic or off campus. Contact OPART at OPART@mayo.edu with questions.

Required application documents

Applicants must provide the following items:

  • Resume. Please mention any research or wet bench experience. Previous research experience is not expected or required, but if applicable, this information helps with the matching process.
  • Current transcript. Unofficial transcripts are accepted. The transcript must show the applicant's name, the name of the school and the applicant's current enrollment year.
  • Areas of interest. List two to four research areas of interest.

Apply online

Interested students must apply for the Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) via the Mayo Clinic job posting website.

Job posting numbers by location are:

  • Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona — job posting # 126457BR
  • Jacksonville, Florida — job posting # 125117BR
  • Rochester, Minnesota — job posting # 125408BR
  • Eau Claire, Wisconsin — job posting # 126471BR
  • La Crosse, Wisconsin — job posting # 126724BR

Questions may be directed to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Research Training (OPART) at OPART@mayo.edu.

Application and selection process

UREP candidates should try to identify and contact Mayo Clinic investigators who may serve as mentors, stating their interest in the research of the laboratory and inquiring about opportunities. Placement is based on current availability of space and funding. Most positions are found this way. A list of research faculty in select areas can be found at Mayo Clinic research department and division websites, as well as on this complete list.

Candidates can also submit applications to the general UREP posting for their desired location for consideration as openings become available.

The purpose of the general postings is to create a pool of candidates for possible future openings. Applications are always accepted, and if there is an opening, your application will be considered. For more immediate opportunities, applicants are encouraged to contact individual laboratories.

Housing

Housing assistance may be available. Please inquire with the OPART office directly at OPART@mayo.edu for application details.

Expectations

Students must comply with all Mayo Clinic policies and procedures as well as departmental policies and procedures throughout the duration of their position. Specific expectations include:

  • Students will refrain from discussing confidential information with anyone other than department colleagues or principal investigators.
  • Participants will demonstrate professionalism at all times per Mayo Clinic policies on dress, communication and behavior.
  • All work must be done on a Mayo Clinic campus. UREP participants are not allowed to telework nor have remote access.
  • The time commitment for UREP is a minimum of 10 weeks, with the potential for 40-hour workweeks.
  • Participants should discuss any time off requests with their department leadership, principal investigator or both within the first week of the program. Time off is not paid. Any time missed must be made up to complete the 10-week minimum requirement.
  • UREP participants are required to create a poster and participate in the end-of-summer poster symposium.

Additional guidelines to help participants make the most of their research experiences include:

  • Don't be afraid to ask questions.
  • If a project is moving faster or slower than anticipated, ask how you can help to ensure a valuable and challenging experience.
  • Bring any concerns, problems or questions that aren't fully resolved or addressed by the department or principal investigator to OPART.