The SPARK Research Mentorship Program at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, provides high school students in Duval and St. Johns counties with 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 started in the summer of 2017 as an opportunity for students to be mentored by some of the top researchers in the world.

Students who are interested in biomedical science and enrolled as juniors or seniors for the upcoming school year in either Duval or St. Johns Counties, 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) are required during the summer break for a successful project to be completed for the science fair competitions. When school resumes, a flexible schedule is set up between the student and faculty mentor.

Research in Florida

At Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida, teams of scientists and physicians conduct research with the goal of improving patient care. Their focus is finding new and better ways to predict, prevent, diagnose and optimally treat complex brain conditions, cancer and several other conditions. Guided by unmet patient needs, researchers work collaboratively in laboratories, on clinical trials and epidemiological studies to turn promising discoveries into effective treatments.

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