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Health Care Research and Discovery

"I learned much more than just lab techniques; my Capstone experience taught me resilience and the power of failure in the sciences. I experienced how mistakes, miscalculations and lack of knowledge are not embarrassments that we should be ashamed of, but rather an opportunity to grow, bounce back and learn how to adapt to the unknown." - Brady Zell, '18

Health Care Research and Discovery

Tomorrow’s groundbreaking health protocols result from today’s research and discovery. Outstanding research opportunities for all UMR students prepare them for careers that apply rigorous investigation and analysis to grand health challenges of the 21st century.

Pursuing cures and new treatments for cancer, opioid addiction, ALS, diabetes and other grand health care challenges, students who follow this Career Pathway engage in real-world research preparing for advanced degrees in areas such as:

• biochemistry
• epidemiology
• genomics
• kinesiology
• regenerative medicine

Featured Students

Mohamed AdaniMohamed Adani, ‘18

Degree: BSHS
Hometown: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

"As the oldest son, I was told since I was a child that it was expected of me to become a physician. My Capstone experience actually went against what I was expected to do and instead focused on pursuing what I loved, which was research."

Learn more about Mohamed's experience.




Rachel CoddenRachel Codden, ‘16

Degree: BSHS
Hometown: Becker, MN

"By participating in a broad array of experiences, I was able to see how my education could be applied in various settings. I began to see how versatile my background in health sciences truly was, and I felt comfortable beginning graduate school in a related field."

Learn more about Rachel's experience.




Kanza KhanKanza Khan, ‘13

Degree: BSHS
Hometown: Buffalo, MN

"I have learned so much at UMR. Beyond providing me with a quality education in health sciences, I have learned what it means to be a good teacher. I strive to emulate all the qualities of a good instructor - clear instruction, pausing to check for student understanding, engaging students and teaching through group activities. These are all qualities that are shared by each instructor that I had at UMR."

Learn more about Kanza's experience.



Alynn KruseAlynn Kruse ‘20

Degree: BSHS
Hometown: Urbandale, IA

"My Capstone brought forth the idea of personalized medicine as looking at the whole patient rather than just treating the problem. Along with this comes emotional, spiritual and financial stress that can all contribute to a patient’s well-being. "

Learn more about Alynn's experience.



Jennifer RumleyJennifer Rumley, ‘18

Degree: BSHS
Hometown: Eagan, MN

"I went into my Capstone not knowing what I wanted to do after college, so I focused on gaining experience in a number of ways to find my niche in the medical field."

Learn more about Jennifer's experience.




Ben SawatzkyBen Sawatzky, ‘15

Degree: BSHS
Hometown: Eagan, MN

"My Capstone focused on the importance of persistence and figuring out the next step after failure. It helped me maintain a good attitude and develop endurance to move forward."

Learn more about Ben's experience.




Brady ZellBrady Zell, ‘18

Degree: BSHS
Hometown: Sioux Falls, SD

"My education at UMR has been invaluable to prepare me for my current line of work. Coursework and faculty have taught me not only the basic scientific principles that are required knowledge for the research field, but they also taught me how to think critically and how to take a scientific approach to solving problems."

Learn more about Brady's experience.





Read more about UMR's featured Pathways students.

Students pursuing the Health Care Research and Discovery Pathway have engaged in meaningful experiences such as these listed below.

Current UMR students: reach out to your Student Success Coach for more information. 

Prospective students: contact the Office of Admissions for more information.

Internships and volunteer opportunities allow you to gain valuable experience in a professional field. These opportunities help students develop marketable skills and competencies through hands-on experience, build a network of contacts and gain insight into a professional field. These experiences assist students in finding a career that aligns with personal and professional goals and passions.

  • Kerry Quality Control Internships
  • Georgia Tech Summer Undergraduate Research Experience is a 10-week experience, students receive a $6k stipend, housing, airfare, mentoring, & participate in social events. Visit https://t.co/6ta9fCMmdA for more info!
  • American Institutes for Research (Washington, D.C.) Research Assistant Intern - Learn more here!
  • Water Quality in the Yucatan Peninsula Research Opportunity 

You will have various opportunities for employment during your undergraduate studies. The organizations listed below are good places to explore employment opportunities.

  • Undergraduate Research Employment Program at Mayo Clinic
  • Student Work-Study Employment roles at Mayo Clinic

As a student in health sciences, you will have many opportunities to participate in research. Below is a list of previous research experiences students in the Health Care Research and Discovery pathway have participated in.

  • IMPACT
  • Department of Radiology, Mayo Clinic Rochester Dr. Pandey
  • Research in empirical Bioethics of causes & perceptions of addiction at UMR Dr. Dingel
  • Mayo Clinic Pirnie Translational Polycystic Kidney Disease Center Dr. Sussman
  • Participate in field biology research to obtain avian buccal swab samples at UMR Dr. Metzger
  • Transporter Biology And Physiology Dr. Romero
  • Individual and Group Learning in zebrafish Dr. Dunbar and Dr. Petzold
  • Skeletal Muscle Wasting And Progenitor Cell Biology Dr. Doles
  • The role of "weak" intermolecular forces in molecular Dynamics: A computational modeling approach at UMR Dr. Prat-Resina
  • Hepatobiliary Cancer Laboratory, Mayo Clinic Rochester Dr. Roberts
  • Research Methods identifying biological agents in water along with specific chemicals that impact human beings Dr. Metzger
  • Research on negative strand RNA viruses with her primarily interest on measles virus (MV), from the Paramyxoviridae family. Dr. Devaux
  • Addiction in the Media at UMR Dr. Dingel
  • BICB Undergraduate Research Summer Opportunity
  • Georgia Tech 10 week Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

There are other avenues you can take to pursue your pathway as well. Check out the options listed below.

Study Away/Global Travel Experiences:

  • Biological Conservation and Biodiversity Lab through DIS Denmark
  • International Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (I-UROP) Scholarship is designed to promote learning abroad opportunities to UMTC undergraduate students by providing critical funding to students enrolled in select credit-bearing learning abroad programs involving a research project. More information online.