Education and Training

The Neural Engineering Laboratory has a long history of providing learning opportunities for students. Students and fellows in the Neural Engineering Laboratory receive top-quality mentorship and research opportunities.

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 research projects or work on existing projects and receive stipends.
  • Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP). PREP is an intensive postgraduate program of up to two years for students from underrepresented communities. The program is designed to expose students to basic and translational research before they apply 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 on the availability of senior lab staff, faculty and students to serve as mentors. Due to the substantial number of requests received, the lab cannot guarantee that 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 email Jill L. Anderson in the Neural Engineering Laboratory at


  • Jonathan S. Calvert
    • Pre-Doctoral Student
    • Jonathan Calvert is a graduate student in the Biomedical Engineering and Physiology Program at Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. He received a bachelor's degree in bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh. His current interests are in applying neural engineering and biomechanics techniques to spinal cord stimulation in hopes of restoring patients' motor function after spinal cord injury.

  • Christine A. Edwards
    • Pre-Doctoral Student
    • Christine Edwards joined the Department of Defense as an electrical engineer after completing a Bachelor of Science at the University of Maryland, College Park. With more than 20 years of professional experience, she has held a variety of developer, researcher and technical advisory positions while also earning a Master of Science in both electrical engineering and applied biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

      Currently, Christine is a division chief in the Department of Defense, leading a diverse team of applied mathematicians, computer scientists and engineers in investigating and developing large-scale analytics to transform data into actionable information. At the same time, she is a doctoral candidate at Deakin University in Australia and conducts research through Dr. Lee's Neural Engineering Laboratory, where she has an appointment as a visiting graduate student.

  • Aaron E. Rusheen
    • Doctoral Student
    • Aaron Rusheen is an M.D.-Ph.D. student in the Medical Scientist Training Program at Mayo Clinic. He is now in his Ph.D. phase and is working in the lab of Dr. Kendall Lee. He hopes to use his experience in neuroscience and therapeutics development for projects spanning from stereotactic device development to new deep brain stimulation treatments for movement and psychiatric disorders.