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Celebration of Research

February 26, 2019 08:26 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Despite icy roads, area high school juniors and seniors from 30 southeast Minnesota high schools took a step toward their futures during Tuesday's Celebration of Research at Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Jim Maher, Dean of the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences said, "Research is the future of medicine, and the celebration of research is an open house we do at Mayo Clinic for high school students from southeast Minnesota." 

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The prospective scientists broke up into groups and filtered through different labs speaking with different professionals, and learning the different avenues of study that could be available for them.

"They learn from researchers about the applications they work to disease, for example, Dr. Lisa Schimmenti talked about how the zebrafish are used to study deafness and find new drugs for deafness," said Dr. Maher.

High school senior Jarod Pavek said the open house experience speaks to exactly what he wants to do after graduation.

"I was accepted to the U of M up in the cities, and I'm interested in becoming a Neuroscientists. So yeah this sort of thing on a daily basis is what I would be interested in doing," said Pavek.

Students also had the opportunity to interact with student researchers; some of which also went through the open house program.
According to Dr. Maher, having the students that passed through the program is inspiring.

"We are trying to reassure people that the idea of being a research scientists doesn't mean you have to be some old lady or old man. 
The next step is being a young researcher and it's within reach for the kinds of students that come visit us," Dr. Maher said.

Dr. Maher continued to say that the program hopes to continue to get students excited about careers in engineering, mathematics, and science because choosing a career in research science is important.

"We found that research scientists, being curious end up transforming medicine and changing the way that medicine works," said Maher.

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