Education and Training

The Neural Engineering Laboratory has a long history of providing learning opportunities for students.

Under the direction of Allan J. Bieber, Ph.D., the associate director of the Neurobiology of Disease track at Mayo Graduate School and a Mayo Graduate School instructor, students and fellows in the Neural Engineering Laboratory receive top-quality mentorship and research opportunities. Dr. Bieber is a popular neuroscience lecturer who has twice won Teacher of the Year awards for his Mayo Graduate School courses.

The laboratory team is always interested in considering applications from well-qualified students through one of the following Mayo Clinic programs:

  • Undergraduate Research Employment Program (UREP). UREP is an hourly paid research employee program for currently enrolled college students who have completed at least one year of undergraduate studies or a high school mentorship through Mayo Clinic.
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF). SURF is a highly competitive 10-week research fellowship for undergraduate students in their sophomore or junior years at a U.S. college or university who are interested in pursuing admission to a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D. program. Students develop and complete or work on existing research projects. Students receive stipends.
  • Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP). PREP is an intense program of up to two years designed to expose students from underrepresented communities with undergraduate degrees to basic and translational research prior to application to Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D. programs. Students receive stipends to cover their expenses.
  • Graduate Research Employment Program (GREP). GREP is an hourly paid research employee program for students with undergraduate degrees who are pursuing medical school or graduate school admission. The program can last up to two years and start at any time during the year.
  • Research trainees. Research trainees at Mayo Clinic must be self-funded or extramurally funded and able to work for one year. Each research trainee receives mentoring and coaching from a senior researcher in the Neural Engineering Laboratory.

The lab's capacity to accommodate research students and trainees varies throughout the year depending upon the availability of senior lab staff, faculty and students to serve as mentors. Due to the substantial number of requests we receive, we cannot guarantee all inquiries will receive a reply. Candidates who have specific research skills, experience, or interests and ideas for research projects in line with the mission, goals and current projects of the Neural Engineering Lab will receive preference.

Candidates interested in SURF or PREP should pay close attention to the application deadlines and apply through the appropriate Mayo Clinic website. Candidates interested in UREP, GREP or research trainee positions should contact Allan J. Bieber, Ph.D., associate director of education in the Neural Engineering Laboratory, at