Participant Events

Seminars & events for LSSURP participants while on campus during the summer.

Orientation Weekend Retreat

The program begins with a weekend orientation retreat which will be held at the University of Minnesota’s Itasca Biological Station & Laboratories which is located in northern Minnesota. This weekend retreat provides an opportunity for participants, graduate student coordinators, program staff and some of the faculty to meet and get to know each other before becoming dispersed in separate laboratories across the Twin Cities campus. Everyone will participate in structured group activities and lectures with plenty of free time to explore and enjoy the surroundings and each other. Below is the tentative schedule for the orientation weekend.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

  • Depart U of M early afternoon
  • Dinner enroute
  • Arrival at Lake Itasca

Friday, May 29, 2020


  • Breakfast
  • LSSURP Program Expectations
  • Scientific Paper Discussion
  • YouTube Your Science session


  • Lunch
  • Learn about Itasca State Park & the Field Station
  • Pontoon Tours
  • Free time


  • Dinner
  • Graduate student panel
  • Bonfire

Saturday, May 30, 2020


  • Breakfast
  • Career Development Overview
  • Headwaters w/ Seminar group
  • Program Paperwork


  • Lunch
  • Get to Know You Activities
  •  Session
  • Free time


  • Dinner
  • Talent Show
  • Bonfire

Sunday, May 31, 2020

  • Pack & clean up cabins
  • Brunch
  • Depart for Twin Cities

Seminar Series


June 6, 2020


GRE Practice Test

S121 Elliott Hall computer lab

9am - 1pm

June 8, 2020


GRE Post Test Review

TBD Bruininks Hall


June 10, 2020


Building A Mentor Network

TBD Bruininks Hall




Responsible Conduct of Research Session #2


TBD Bruininks Hall


July 15, 2020


Writing a Personal Statement

TBD Bruininks Hall




Responsible Conduct of Research Session #3


TBD Bruininks Hall




Pay It Forward - Sheridan Story

Roseville site


August 5, 2020


Mock Interview with Faculty

Faculty offices


Take Your Mentor To Lunch

Various throughout summer

Graduate Programs Fair

What: Graduate & Professional Programs & Career Fair
When: Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Where: Mississippi Room, Coffman Memorial Union (CMU)


7:00–8:30 p.m | TBD

Representatives of University of Minnesota graduate programs in the biological sciences and related disciplines will be on hand to meet LSSURP participants and to describe unique aspects of their graduate programs. Information about the graduate programs, faculty research interests, application procedures, etc.

This should be a great opportunity for you to establish contact with the graduate programs in which you are interested. You are encouraged to arrange for a follow-up visit with selected members of the graduate program faculty while you are still on campus this summer.

Light refreshments will be available.

Graduate programs invited to participate

  • Applied Plant Sciences
  • Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
  • Environmental Health
  • Food Science
  • Graduate School Office in Outreach
  • Joint Degree Program in Law Health & the Life Sciences
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology (MICaB)
  • Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics
  • Molecular Veterinary Biosciences
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmaceutics
  • Pharmacology
  • Plant Pathology
  • Social, Administrative, and Clinical Pharmacy
  • Soil Science
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Public Health


All Programs Picnic

What: All Programs Picnic
When: Wednesday; July 8, 2020; 5pm
Where: Como Park Midway Pavilion (1199 Midway Parkway St. Paul, MN)

Please remember to invite your mentor and other lab personnel as your guest(s). Please send an email message to LSSURP office ( sends e-mail)) no later than July 6th, indicating how many guests are coming with you. This information is needed to determine quantities of food needed.

Plenty of food and beverages. Food service begins at 5:30 p.m. Shelter in case of rain. Games include ultimate frisbee, kickball, hackey sack, board games/cards, etc. Plan on having fun and reuniting as a group.

Transportation: For students living in residence halls, a bus will provide transportation to and from the picnic. Departure times to be determined.

Poster Symposium

What: Poster Session
When: Thursday, August 6, 2020; 9:30-11:30am
Where: McNamara Alumni Center

Each LSSURP participant will present a poster at the All Campus Poster Session. The Poster Session is open to the general public. Persons specifically invited include mentors, lab group personnel, graduate program faculty, collegiate administrators, corporate sponsors, friends and family. Poster presenters are asked to be at their posters to interact with interested attendees, but are also encouraged to take some time to circulate and see what your friends have been doing during the summer.

Posters are to be set up 9-9:30am. Each participant will be assigned a specific location and a directory will be available so that guests can locate specific participants and their posters with a minimum of effort.

What:  End of the Program Luncheon

When:  Wednesday, August 6, 2019; 12:30-2pm

Where:  The Whole, CMU

A closing ceremony for LSSURP participants.  Lunch will be provided.

MD/PhD Program Recruitment Luncheon

What: Information session for those interested in learning more about the MD/PhD career track
When: Friday, July TBD; noon-1:30 pm
Where: TBD

Come meet the Director of Combined MD/PhD Training Program and a panel of current MD/PhD students who will talk about the physician-scientist career path.

This program is one of several national programs funded by a Medical Scientist Training Program grant from the National Institutes of Health. The program combines—in about eight years—coursework, fundamental biomedical research, and clinical training culminating in a dissertation, a PhD degree, and an MD degree. Students accepted into the program receive a yearly stipend in addition to tuition and fees paid for by the program throughout the training period. The program trains future academic physician-scientists.

Contact person: Susan Shurson, Assistant Director, MD/PhD Program
Email: sends e-mail)
Telephone: 612-625-3680

MD/PhD Program Web site