Education and Training

The Neurovascular Research Laboratory is committed to creating valuable learning opportunities for students and postdoctoral trainees. We have successfully trained multiple undergraduate, masters and Ph.D. students, as well as postdoctoral fellows, and are continuously accepting new trainees into the lab.

Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate research opportunities

  • Graduate Research Employment Program (GREP). An hourly paid research employee program for students with undergraduate degrees who are pursuing medical school or graduate school admission, GREP can last up to two years and start at any time during the year.
  • Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP). An intense program of up to two years, PREP is 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. Participants receive stipends to cover their expenses.
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF). This is a 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. While in SURF, students develop and complete (or work on) existing research projects and receive stipends.
  • Undergraduate Research Employment Program (UREP). For students pursuing an undergraduate degree in science, technology, engineering or math, UREP is an hourly paid research employee program that lasts for a minimum of 10 weeks in the summer. You must have completed at least one year of undergraduate studies and be enrolled to return to your studies in the fall.

Candidates interested in the SURF, PREP or UREP programs should pay close attention to application deadlines and apply through the appropriate Mayo Clinic website listed above.

Candidates interested in GREP should contact Kimberly Collins.

Graduate-level students

Each year, through a highly competitive selection process, students are admitted to Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D. programs at Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Selected students pursue research in one of the seven academic specializations available:

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering and Physiology
  • Clinical Translational Science
  • Immunology
  • Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
  • Neuroscience
  • Virology and Gene Therapy

Students have exceptional flexibility to choose a research mentor. Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences provides stipends and full-tuition scholarships for all Ph.D. and M.D.-Ph.D. students.

Candidates interested in Ph.D. and M.D.-Ph.D. programs should make note of the application deadlines and apply through the appropriate Mayo Clinic website:


Postdoctoral trainees with a great sense of imagination and motivation and a track record of peer-reviewed scientific publications (any basic science, medicine or aging) are encouraged to pursue postdoctoral studies in the Neurovascular Research Laboratory.

Prospective candidates should email a cover letter detailing past experience and current interests, a curriculum vitae, and two or three references to:

  • Kimberly A. Collins
  • Supervisor, Research Operations
  • Neurovascular Research Lab
  • Phone: 507-422-0423
  • Email:

Learn more about postdoctoral training positions at Mayo Clinic: