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Professor featured in Journal of College Science Teaching

“The Mayo Innovation Scholars Program: Undergraduates Explore the Science and Economics of Medical Innovation,” co-written by St. Kate’s biology professor John Pellegrini discusses the benefits of experiential learning for students.

The Mayo program brings together students from a variety of undergraduate disciplines to research invention ideas and create business and marketing plans — that they then present to Mayo staff. It was founded in 2006 as a partnership between Mayo Clinic’s Office of Intellectual Property and the Minnesota Private College Council.

“This program not only exposes undergraduates to the very latest ideas in biomedicine, but it also fosters scientific literacy and communication skills across disciplines in science and business students alike,” states Pellegrini and co-author Elizabeth Jansen, a visiting assistant professor of biology at Macalester College.

The article is published in March/April 2013 issue of The Journal of College Science Teaching, a peer-reviewed journal published by the National Science Teachers Association.

Nicole Pothen ’13, Anna Hayes ’14, Kelly Blasey ’14 and Nel Pilgrim-Rukavina ’15 were part of the 2012-13 Mayo Innovation Scholars Program. According to Pellegrini, who oversees St. Kate’s undergraduate participation, their project focused on senior citizens’ attitudes towards technology.  

Read about the Mayo Innovation Scholars Program in SCAN, June 2011 »

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April 17, 2013 by Pauline Oo

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