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NXT GEN MED Summer Quest

NXT GEN MED Summer Quest will provide students the opportunity to experience a high-tech, industry integrated academic experience.

Are you passionate about solving global health challenges during your lifetime?

At the University of Minnesota, we’ve designed a week-long, residential summer program free for selected future health care leaders and innovators. Your generation has navigated the greatest health challenge of the last century and we are excited to help you discover what’s next.

This summer - in person - we invite you to immerse yourself in a city and campus devoted to health and innovation. Rochester’s campus of the University of Minnesota is looking for creative thinkers who want to dive deep into designing solutions. You’ll share the sidewalks and skyways with Mayo Clinic health professionals, researchers, and patients as you... 

Discover what you already bring. 

   Discover what you have to learn. 

           Discover how you can make a difference. 

At the University of Minnesota, we are Driven to Discover!


NXT GEN MED Summer Quest is designed to bring together passionate students who are dedicated to becoming future health care leaders and problem solvers. Want to discover cures? End hunger and health disparities? Ensure the planet gets healthier? NXT GEN MED Summer Quest is the place to start. Summer Quest students will explore health challenges and build skills to launch their future health careers, all while learning and living in the heart of Med City. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of our lives including how we learn. Quest students will also contribute their ideas about how a higher-tech future will influence health and education, with a Google-led demonstration and brainstorming design session. Interested students will have the opportunity to apply to NXT GEN MED, an accelerated, undergraduate college experience set to launch in summer 2022.  

With other Quest students, you will build compassion, creativity, and connections as you explore these real health challenges:  

  • Food Insecurity and Health Disparities: How do chemicals contribute to food insecurity and ultimately, to health disparities? Examine the chemicals used in food production by exploring who gets these jobs and how their biology and access to health care is impacted. 
  • Health Journey: How are medical issues diagnosed when someone comes to the emergency department? Follow patient journeys as they work with medical professionals who assess, stabilize, diagnose and analyze their health conditions. Quest students will experience how medical issues are uncovered through health histories, measurement of vitals, medical lab science, radiology, health disparities and mental health assessment -- and how the future of high-tech diagnosis has been accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Environmental Health: How does human behavior impact the health of the planet? Quest students will gather and analyze samples from area waterways to determine chemical and biological results of human activities on the environment.
  • Exercise Medicine: How is health and wellness affected by exercise and social expectations about exercise? Examine how exercise impacts the body physically, and how our diverse social environments impact the expectations surrounding exercise and our ability to fulfill those expectations.

  • Rising high school seniors
  • Students who are interested in UMR’s recently announced NXT GEN MED program - Google Cloud powered. Mayo Clinic mentored. University of Minnesota accelerated.
  • Students who wish to learn more about health careers of the present and future with others who share their passion for a career in health. 

NEXT GEN MED Summer Quest is part of UMR’s broader goals to further expand the diversity of those pursuing careers in health care and medical sciences. Students who belong to any of the following groups are especially encouraged to apply:

  • Future first-generation college students or students enrolled in TRIO, Upward Bound, and College Possible
  • Black or African-American students
  • Hispanic or Latino students
  • American Indian or Alaska Native students
  • Native Hawaiian or U.S. Pacific Islander students
  • Students receiving free and/or reduced school lunches

All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to sex, race, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, military or veteran status.


The NXT GEN MED Summer Quest application will be available in the spring. 

A complete application will include:

  • A completed NXT GEN MED Summer Quest application.
  • High school transcript (unofficial transcripts will be accepted). The review committee is interested in STEM course performance. Students with at least a 2.5 GPA or higher are encouraged to apply. 
  • A short essay (500 words) describing why you are interested in health care and/or medical sciences, where your interest comes from and what drives you to learn more.

Admitted students are expected to:

  • Submit all required paperwork by the deadline as noted in the admission letter.
  • Be available to participate in the program the entire week.
  • Abide by the code of conduct established by the program.

  • This program will be provided at no cost. 
  • This is a week-long comprehensive, residential summer program.