Mayo Clinic to Host Research Conference for Area Students: Feb. 7

Mayo Clinic researchers will host more than 200 area eighth through 12th grade students at the 17th Biennial Celebration of Research in Rochester, Minnesota. The celebration, which will take place on Tuesday, February 7, is a daylong conference for students interested in learning about careers in science.

Michael Joyner, M.D., Professor of Anesthesiology and Director of the Human and Integrative Physiology Laboratory at Mayo Clinic, will present the keynote address, “Faster, Higher, Stronger: Science and Human Performance.” Dr. Joyner will highlight the science behind athletic feats, including examples from the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Robin Patel, M.D.
Ravinder Singh, Ph.D.

Following the keynote, students will meet with physician/scientists, researchers, and laboratory technicians as they participate in observational and hands-on tours of research laboratories. Nearly 30 laboratories across Mayo Clinic in Rochester, three within the Department of Laboratory Pathology, will open their doors to students and host interactive demonstrations and experiments. Robin Patel, M.D., Chair of the Division of Clinical Microbiology and a Consultant in the Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Laboratories at Mayo Clinic; Ravinder Singh, Ph.D., Director of the Mayo Clinic Endocrine Laboratory; and David I. Smith, Ph.D., Consultant in the Division of Experimental Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Mayo Clinic, will all be providing tours through their respective laboratories at the event.

David I. Smith, Ph.D.

“Our goal is to provide a glimpse into the lives of researchers who relentlessly pursue scientific discoveries that deliver hope and better health to people today and for generations to come,” says Dr. Smith, event co-chair. “We hope the day’s events spark an interest in science and medicine among the students.”

Celebration of Research organizers hope to encourage students to continue pursuing science in their academic careers and possibly choose careers in science and engineering.

The event will be held in Phillips Hall on the first floor of the Siebens Building in Rochester from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST. The keynote address begins at 9:15 a.m., and laboratory tours commence at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1:30 p.m.



April Josselyn is a Marketing Channel Manager at Mayo Clinic Laboratories. She has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2012. Outside of work, April enjoys the outdoors and being "hockey mom" for her two sports-crazed boys.