Celebration of Research Introduces Students to Research Careers

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Celebration of Research 2009

 

On Feb. 3, Mayo Clinic Research in Rochester hosted approximately 225 area high school students for the Celebration of Research, a daylong conference for students interested in learning about careers in science. The event featured presentations from Mayo scientists, and students and their teachers participated in hands-on tours of Mayo research laboratories.

 

Mayo sponsored the first Celebration of Research in 1987. The conference – held every two years – focuses on introducing high school students to different fields of study in medical science research. Celebration of Research organizers hoped to showcase to students the breadth of research that’s conducted at Mayo and the variety of career pathways one can take in basic science as well as clinical research.

 

This year’s theme — “Immunity: The Secrets of Survival World Tour 2009” — pertained to the function of the human immune system. Highlighted was the work of Eugene Kwon, M.D., a Mayo urologist and co-director of the Immunology and Immunotherapy Program within the Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Kwon and his team study how the human immune system can be coaxed into attacking cancer. Mayo’s Immunology and Immunotherapy Program is internationally known for its contributions to this field of investigation.

 

In attendance were high school students from these cities: Adams, Albert Lea, Austin, Dover, Elgin, Eyota, Faribault, Harmony, Kasson, Kenyon, Lyle, Mantorville, Mazeppa, Millville, Northfield, Owatonna, Peterson, Plainview, Rochester, Rushford, Spring Valley, St. Charles, Stewartville, Wanamingo, Winona and Zumbrota.

 

This event was covered by KTTC-TV and KAAL-TV.

 

Photos from the event can be found on the Mayo Clinic Flickr page.

 

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3 Responses to “Celebration of Research Introduces Students to Research Careers”

  1. Matt Sluzinski Says:

    Julie, I’ve asked one of the Celebration of Research coordinators to follow up with you regarding the next event, which will be in 2011.

  2. Julie herman Says:

    I would love for my child to attend this next year. How can I find out more informaiton about it?

  3. Bethany Says:

    As a long time Mayo employee, I enjoyed interacting with these students and seeing the zebra fish I have been hearing about for several years.

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