MISP cancelled 2020-21

The Mayo Innovation Scholars Program has been cancelled for the 2020-21 year. The organizers hope to bring it back for the 2021-2022 school year. Please return to this page in summer 2021 to learn about its status.

Mayo Innovation Scholars Program

The Mayo Innovation Scholars Program offers a unique opportunity for undergraduate science and business/economics students, along with a small group of graduate students, to conduct research on new product ideas and innovations developed by physicians and other professionals at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Teams of undergraduate and graduate students are given a product or innovation that has been developed at the Mayo Clinic and are asked to analyze the market viability of the product or innovation and potential applications. The program culminates with teams presenting their findings and recommendations at the Mayo Clinic in March of each year. Teams receive a stipend of $1,000. Student travel to Rochester, MN, for program activities is reimbursable through MISP.

The deadline for applications for the 2019-20 MISP team is September 23. All materials must be fully submitted by 11:59 pm.


Individuals interested in participating in a Mayo Research Team must be degree-seeking undergraduate students at the University of St. Thomas majoring in science, business, or economics or a degree-seeking graduate student in business.


Each September, the Mayo Clinic assigns a new project for University of St. Thomas students to pursue.  At this time, the student teams are selected through a competitive application process administered by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.  All eligible undergraduate students and graduate students enrolled at the University of St. Thomas are invited to apply for spots on the research team by filling out an application form. 

Each student participating in a research team will receive a stipend of $1,000 upon successful completion of the project in March.

Students with questions about the program should contact Laura Bru at UROP@stthomas.edu.


Projects are reviewed by program staff to determine the student qualifications that will be needed for the particular projects that will be researched during the coming academic year.

Projects are announced and students and mentors are selected.  Each student selected for the program must sign a letter of agreement with the Mayo Foundation regarding nondisclosure of confidential information as well as an Agreement and Release Form.

Teams are chosen and hold their first meetings and consult with licensing managers via conference call or in person. Teams attend a full program orientation at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

October - March
Research teams consisting of graduate students and undergraduate students conduct their research on their assigned project.  Teams meet with project inventors at the Mayo Clinic as needed.

Teams hold meetings with licensing manager and faculty mentors.

Teams present their findings at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Each student participant completes a program evaluation and receives a stipend of $1,000.  Project team leaders submit expenses and receive reimbursement.


You can apply online using the application button on the right of this page. You must provide a resume and brief cover letter to be considered.

Your cover letter should address:

  • Why you would like to be on the project team?
  • What interests you about this opportunity?
  • What specific skills/background do you have that would serve the team well?
  • What are your career plans/goals?

You will be asked to provide as references the names and email addresses of two faculty members who could speak to your skills, background and/or potential for teamwork.