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Vicki Lord Larson and James Larson Mayo Collaborative Research Program

Research Collaboration with Mayo Clinic

To support and stimulate research collaboration with Mayo Clinic, Chancellor Emerita Vicki Lord Larson has set up a fund to support projects promoting such collaboration, typically focused on improving patient outcomes through generating new knowledge.  The fund is expected to enhance professional experiences and exposures of UW-Eau Claire faculty and provide meaningful scholarly experiences for students, resulting in scholarly dissemination through professional presentations and/or peer-reviewed publication.

B. Eligibility

UW-Eau Claire faculty may propose a project that involves a Mayo Clinic collaborator and at least one student researcher.  The project may be new or may already be in progress.  Funds are available to provide a student scholarship of up to $2,000 and support reassigned faculty instructional time for the equivalent of one 3-credit course during the 2022-2023 year. For the 2022-2023 cycle, the applicant may also request up to $3,000 in research supplies; an itemized justification of the request must be provided. Summer or Winterim salary may be a possible alternative, but projects with reassigned time will receive preference.

  • UW-Eau Claire faculty
  • Collaborator from Mayo Clinic identified
  • Student researcher identified or qualifications for student researcher established 

C. Writing Guide

Submit a proposal to  This should include:

  • Narrative (3-4 pages)
    • Name/title of Mayo Collaborator
    • Description of the research project goal(s), context and significance, and plan, including roles of each member of the collaborating team, including the student
    • Timeline
    • Plan for mentoring the student researcher
    • Plan for dissemination of results
  • Professional vita
  • Evidence of Mayo approval of the collaboration

Please ask your chair to submit an email indicating support for the project and to include a plan for covering courses and expected cost.

D.      Deadline for Application

Proposal is due to ORSP March 31, 2022; applicants are encouraged to touch base with ORSP prior to application.



2020 Award Winner

“Identification of the molecular nature of spinner, a zebrafish gene involved in kidney cyst formation using genome editing”

Faculty: Dr. Jamie Lyman Gingerich, Biology

Student Collaborator: Megan Schleusner 

Mayo Collaborator: Dr. Caroline R. Sussman

2019 Award Winner

“Registered Nurse Integrative Therapy Attitudes (RNITA) Research Project ”

Faculty: Dr. Arin Van Wormer, Nursing 

Student Collaborator: Roxanne Cordova

Mayo Collaborator: Kelly Buchholtz 


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