Health Equity Research Experience

Thank you for your interest in the Health Equity Research Experience at Mayo Clinic. The 2024 application period is now closed.

Outstanding undergraduates interested in examining health equity through hands-on research are encouraged to apply for a 10-week summer program at Mayo Clinic. Students participating in the Health Equity Research Experience (HERE) will have the opportunity to address health disparities within a supportive community of other undergraduates, including Illinois SURF, and receiving support from a faculty mentor.

Selected students will be fully immersed in the research and culture of a major medical center with top-notch scientists. Two Illinois undergrads will be selected for the 2024 program, made possible by the Mayo Clinic & Illinois Alliance and the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute. 

2023 HERE students Brandon Snipe and Isela Villasenor

Eligibility and Preference

Illinois students in their sophomore or junior year, with a minimum 3.0 GPA, who are considering a research career focused on addressing health disparities are eligible to apply.  

Preference is given to students whose background reflects a commitment to health equity.  


Financial Support

$6,000 will be awarded by the Mayo Clinic & Illinois Alliance to cover living expenses during the 10-week program.


Application Process

  • To apply, students must complete an application and upload a personal statement and current transcript or web academic history. The 2024 application period has closed.  
  • A letter of recommendation is required from a reference at or above the graduate level, such as research mentors, professors, instructors, or advisors. 
  • The top 5 applicants will be invited to interview with the selection committee, and 2 students will be selected for the Health Equity Research Experience. 
  • Applicants will be notified of the committee's decision on February 16, 2024


Important Dates

  • Application deadline - January 22, 2024 
  • Finalist interviews - Week of February 5, 2024 
  • Award notification - February 16, 2024 
  • Summer 2024 Program - May 28August 2, 2024