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    Mayo Clinic to Host High School Science Conference on March 6

Mayo Clinic researchers have invited approximately 200 area high school students to the 14th biennial Celebration of Research, a daylong conference for students interested in learning about careers in science. The event's keynote address, "Sudden Cardiac Death in Athletes: Search the G's, A's, T's and C's," will be presented by Michael Ackerman, M.D., Ph.D. who works in Mayo's Cardiovascular Laboratory. Afterward, students and their teachers will participate in observational and hands-on tours of research laboratories across the campus.

WHO: Students are scheduled to attend from Albert Lea, Altura, Austin, Blooming Prairie, Caledonia, Chatfield, Dover, Elgin, Eyota, Faribault, Grand Meadow, Houston, Kasson, Kenyon, Lanesboro, Lewiston, Lyle, Mantorville, Mazeppa, Millville, Northfield, Owatonna, Peterson, Pine Island, Plainview, Rochester, Rushford, Southland, Stewartville, Winona and Zumbrota.

WHAT: 14th Biennial Celebration of Research

WHERE: Phillips Hall, Siebens Building, Mayo Clinic, 100 Second Avenue SW, Rochester, Minn.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 6, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT

BACKGROUND: Mayo sponsored the first Celebration of Research in 1987. Each conference (held every other year) has focused on introducing high school students to different fields of study in medical research. This year's theme, "Straight to the Heart," pertains to cardiac research and heart health. Attendees will be introduced to a variety of careers in medical research, including physician-scientists, researchers, and lab technicians.

"The Celebration of Research event provides Mayo Clinic with the opportunity to introduce students from southeastern Minnesota to career opportunities at Mayo," says event chair David I. Smith, Ph.D. from Mayo Clinic's Experimental Pathology Laboratory. "In addition to learning about these career opportunities, the students will take tours of research laboratories to learn more about the breadth of research that is currently conducted at Mayo."

Celebration of Research organizers hope to encourage attendees to study science in college and possibly choose careers in science and engineering. Mayo offers other opportunities to learn more about research and health care careers. See the Career Awareness website for more information. Mayo also supports the Rochester Area Math/Science Partnership and the Integrated Science Education Outreach program, which provide opportunities for educators, students and their communities to experience cutting-edge science and math projects that can produce new curriculum within schools.

NOTE: Most attendees have media waivers on file. Media are welcome to visit any time during the day.

Please RSVP to Gina Chiri-Osmond at 507-266-4946, as you will need a Public Affairs escort during your visit.