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Capstone Experience

"A unique opportunity in my Capstone year allowed me to take part in innovative research at Mayo Clinic through a community partnership called Special Research Student (SRS) program. These opportunities have allowed me to explore my interests in cancer-tumor immunology and genetics, work with leading researchers in the field and grow as a competitive applicant for future jobs and advanced study.”  

- Thomas, Alumnus, currently participating in the Graduate Research Employment Program in the Cancer Center at Mayo Clinic    

All BSHS students have the unique opportunity to personalize their education with a capstone experience.

A capstone is a combined set of learning experiences focused on an individualized theme that aligns with each student’s personal and professional goals.

Capstones must include a minimum of 6 upper-division academic credits, as well as not-for-credit experiences, and are completed after a student reaches Junior status in the BSHS program. The capstone for each student must be approved by UMR faculty and will be overseen by a UMR faculty adviser. The number of credits each student registers for will depend on their capstone plan.

All students write and submit a capstone proposal at least one semester prior to the semester in which capstone activities will begin. Most students write their capstone proposals during the spring semester of their junior years through enrollment in CLI 3712: Capstone Proposal Writing. Students enroll in CLI 4713: Capstone Reflections while completing their Capstone experiences.

Capstones are designed based on unique personal and professional goals. Components may include, but are not limited to:

  • Upper-division U of M coursework in relevant disciplines, including completion of minors
  • Upper-division coursework or other appropriate experiences during study abroad or national student exchange experiences
  • Internship experiences working in a health science-related field
  • On-campus research with a UMR faculty member, or off-campus research with a partner organization
  • Accelerated and Certificate completion (in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences or through other U of M campuses)
  • Community-based research, service or work experience