In 2019, Whitman College entered into a strategic partnership with Mayo Clinic to support students for a biomedical summer research experience at Mayo Clinic research centers. Students will have the opportunity to work on a range of research projects at any of the Mayo Clinic Research sites (Rochester MN, Jacksonville, FL, or Scottsdale, AZ). Potential research areas include Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Metabolic Disease, Biomedical Engineering and Physiology, Clinical and Translational Science, Immunology, Molecular Pharmacology, Neuroscience, and Virology. Funding for Whitman’s participation in this program is provided by the Doctors Robert F. and Elizabeth M. Welty Student/Faculty Research Endowment. To learn more about previous Whitman-Mayo summer interns, please see the article here.

For Summer of 2022, two students will be funded by Whitman College to work in a laboratory at Mayo Clinic for 10 weeks as a member of the Mayo Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. As part of the SURF program, students will benefit from unique laboratory experiences, mentorship, weekly seminars, and a close community of fellow SURF students. The stipend for the program is $6,000. From this stipend, students are responsible for their own travel, housing and meals. The research program will run from May 31 through August 5, 2022. Students must be able to commit to the entire program. For more information about the Mayo SURF and to see work from past students, please visit:

Deadline for submission of application: Wed, December 1, 2021

Submit via email to Prof. Brit Moss (

Application Prerequisites

  • Will have completed two or three years at a U.S. college or university at the time SURF program begins
  • Have a GPA (grade point average) of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Are seriously considering a biomedical research career as a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D.
  • Non-U.S. citizen applicants: international students who are attending a U.S. college or university are eligible to apply.

A complete application includes the following:

  1. The 2-page application form (see next pages).
  2. A 1-page statement on your career goals and the steps you have already taken to help achieve those goals.
  3. Current unofficial transcript(s).

Two letters of recommendation from professors and/or research advisors. References must include at least one Whitman faculty member who has served as a course/lab instructor, advisor, or research mentor in the sciences. A research mentor from another institution may serve as a second evaluator. These two letters should be submitted directly by each letter writer to: