Deadline: July 05, 2017

Dr. Jessica Hirsch

Dr. Richard R. Sharp

Links About the program

The Mayo Clinic Biomedical Ethics Program seeks applicants for a one-year post-baccalaureate research experience in empirical bioethics research, as part of the Mayo Clinic Graduate Research Employment Program (GREP). Students will participate in educational activities and conduct bioethics research in a mentored environment.

GREP is designed for individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree and plan to attend graduate school or medical school. Eligible candidates must have received their bachelor’s degree before the position starts. GREP students are eligible to take graduate-level courses through the Mayo Graduate School. The position is ideal for students interested in a “gap year” between their undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

One post-baccalaureate research fellow will be selected for the 2017-2018 academic year. The position may be extended beyond one year at the discretion of the supervisor but will not exceed a total of two years.


To be eligible, students must have completed their bachelor’s degree before the position start date and must be pursuing medical/graduate school admission. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. All students must pass a background check and post-offer placement assessment prior to their start date.

Students must have completed coursework in bioethics or a closely related discipline such as behavioral psychology, ethics/philosophy, medical anthropology/sociology, pre-med, or public health.

The successful applicant will be:

  • committed to pursuing a career in which they willengage topics in biomedical ethics
  • able to work independently
  • proficient in written and verbal communication
  • competent in identifying relevant peer-reviewedpublications on specialized research topics
  • highly motivated to learn new research methods

To Apply:

Interested applicants should email the following materials to by July 5, 2017.

  1. Cover letter describing career goals and how biomedical ethics research relates to those plans
  2. Resume/CV that includes student's major, relevant coursework, honors, and related experiences
  3. A 5-10 page writing sample (such as a course paper), preferably on a topic in biomedical ethics
  4. Current college transcript
  5. Two letters of recommendation from research mentors or undergraduate teachers (addressed to Dr. Richard Sharp, Program Director). Letters should be sent directly by the recommender and must be received by the application deadline.

For more information, contact Dr. Jessica Hirsch, Biomedical Ethics Education Coordinator at 507-538-4023 or

For all other questions, please contact Dr. Richard R. Sharp, Director of the Biomedical Ethics Research Program at

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