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UMR Mentorships

Mentorship can be a valuable opportunity for students to develop professionally.

A strong mentoring opportunity can be one of the most valuable components of a students educational experience. 

Learn more about the mentoring opportunities available for UMR students.

Pre-Med Insight
Pre-Med Insight is a student-run initiative at Mayo Medical School, Rochester MN, which promotes early exploration in the field of medicine for college students of minority and disadvantaged background. Each intern pairs up with a Mayo medical student mentor and builds upon their longitudinal relationship for guidance, support and mutual learning. Interns also engage in clinical and surgical simulations, small group projects and discussions, skill-building activities and interdisciplinary interaction among peers, physicians, patients, faculty, staff and other professionals in the field.

Who is Eligible?
To be eligible, you must identify as a student of minority and/or disadvantaged background, including first-generation college students and students of family income below 200 percent poverty line (as defined by US Department of Health and Human Services). All qualifying University of Minnesota-Rochester students are encouraged to apply. As for program requirements, there are five mandatory Saturday workshops (first two sessions 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., last three sessions 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.). Transportation will be provided to the Mayo campus by your institution.

Approximately 15-20 students for this academic year will participate.

Other requirements include mentor-mentee interaction, small group community service project, and willingness to explore and challenge limits.

What should I expect?
Pre-Med Insight values low-stress and high-impact activities in a supportive environment that is student-driven, bias-free and open-ended.

eMERGing Leaders MERG Mentoring Program
This is a year-long program between UMR and Mayo Clinic that aims to grow leaders and build their interest in Mayo Clinic. UMR students are matched 1:1 with a Mayo Clinic professional for a mentorship relationship. The matching process attempts to align the mentor/mentee around career interests when possible. eMERGing Leaders attend five-six programming opportunities related to networking and career preparation as a requirement of the program. eMERGing Leaders MERG is a part of Mayo Clinic's Employee Resource Groups (MERGs). These groups celebrate, support and encourage diversity among employees. Learn more here.

How many students are accepted?
Approximately 50 -100 students participate each year.

Ready to learn more?
Contact Jenny Casper regarding your interest and inquiries about eligibility and participation.

University of Minnesota Alumni Association offers the Maroon and Gold Network to UMR students
This is a free, online platform that enables current students to connect with alumni and other professionals for career-related conversations, advice, networking, and mentorship. Participating is easy! Alumni have volunteered to share advice about exploring majors and careers, landing internships and jobs, and leveraging your University of Minnesota degree. Through these conversations, undergraduate and graduate students alike can gain valuable perspectives and connections to empower their career development.  

Learn more here!

Health Professions Mentoring Program

The purpose of the program is for BSHP students to serve as mentors to prospective students who will be applying to the BSHP program. Mentors provide accurate information, preparation and guidance to prospective students about the BSHP application process. Through the mentoring relationship, the mentor will have the opportunity to develop competencies expected from future healthcare professionals while the mentee learns how to navigate the UMR/Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences application process. The program helps mentees with the transition of being a dual student at both University of Minnesota Rochester and the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. 

Time Commitment:
The mentor/mentee are expected to meet at least one hour per week for one academic year.  

Mentors: Must be a current UMR student enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Health Professions program.

Mentees: A current student from any higher education institution who plans to apply for one or more Health Professions tracks (Sonography, Radiography, Echocardiography, Respiratory Care) within one year.

Contact Information:
Lourdes I. Irizarry, Ph.D. / Health Professions Program Coordinator 

Cassie Zell / BSHP Transfer Admissions Representative Office of Admissions