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Mayo helps to inspire future scientists

ROCHESTER, MN (KTTC-DT) -- Juniors and Seniors in high school often struggle with a career choice, but Tuesday, some minds may have been changed while at Mayo Clinic.

Tyler Senjem says, "They are performing an ultrasound on a heart. That's a real heart."

Most us probably weren't this lucky during high school. But Mayo Clinic wants to get science-interested students engaged and set on careers in the all-important future of medicine.

Jim Maher, part of the Biochem/Molecular Biology department at Mayo Clinic, says, "Research is really the future of healthcare. Mayo is interested in healthcare for the future, and what we've learned from history is that it's accidental discoveries and unexpected discoveries that often change the way healthcare works."

This is the Celebration of Research, held every other year at Mayo. It's called an"open house" for southeast Minnesota high school juniors and seniors to see what goes in to the research and labs at Mayo.

Tyler Senjem says, "I like the medical field, so helping people is a good path for me, I think."

Tyler Senjem, a Senior from Pine Island, has been considering a career is biomedical engineering. After his experience at Mayo Tuesday, he's feeling excited about his future.

Tyler says, "This definitely shows me some different possible careers, it makes me think."

Cynthia Hommerding, with the Nephrology and Hypertension department at Mayo Clinic, says, "They're actually looking at some pictures we took in the microscope, of some cells that we are analyzing."

Cynthia Hommerding is overseeing some boys from Dover-Eyota. She hopes these boys leave feeling inspired.

Cynthia says, "They definitely have more opportunities than I had in that position, I mean, I wasn't really exposed to many of these opportunities when I was in high school."

High schoolers often struggle with figuring out what to do for a career. Tuesday's conference will hopefully point some in the science direction.

Jim Maher says, "And that's exactly the message we wanted to share with students we had here today: bright, brilliant young people, many of whom are going to be the bright people we need for the future."

This is held on the Mayo campus every other year; attendance is through a selection process for Juniors and Seniors in southeastern Minnesota...

For 2011, Mayo Clinic invited about 230 kids from over 30 area schools.

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