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What is the Post-Baccalaureate Accelerated Career Experience (PACE)?

The Post-Baccalaureate Accelerated Career Experience (PACE) is designed to provide unparalleled research training opportunities to graduates of undergraduate programs to prepare them for success in postgraduate programs in the field of biomedical science.

Through immersive hands-on experiences, tailored individual development plans, and robust mentorships, we will equip trainees with the skills, knowledge, and experiences necessary to excel as research scientists.

The PACE program is dedicated to creating an inclusive, safe, productive environment that fosters individual growth, ensuring each trainee researcher can reach their full potential and contributes meaningfully to the advancement of biomedical research. 

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Key Dates:

Sept. 1, 2024 - Applications open | Jan. 25, 2025 - Applications close | Feb. 10, 2025 - Offer letters sent | June, 2025 - Program begins

PACE: At a Glance

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  • Starts summer 2025
  • Open to graduates of undergraduate programs
  • Prepare for transition into research-focused biomedical PhD programs
  • Demonstrate understanding of scientific research methodologies and ethics
  • Use communication skills to share findings with a wide variety of audiences
  • Use cutting-edge technologies to enrich research opportunities for participants
  • Support in completing HI-PREP within one year of participation
  • Incorporate intercultural development learning and skills in and out of lab settings

Program Features

  • 1 year comprehensive research experience in The Hormel Institute's cutting edge research labs.
  • Professional development in a variety of topics & formats including journal club, grad school preparation, scientific communication, poster creation and presentation, responsible conduct of research, internal and external seminars …. 
  • Complete 2 week immersion program (Ramp Up)  in which participants will learn from mentors and complete assessments to ensure seamless integration into the lab based experience 
  • Intentional  student and mentor pairing based on research and career interests
  • Customized Individual Development Plan crafted for each participants success
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Job Description

Required Qualifications:  

  • Successful completion of baccalaureate degree in a biomedically relevant field within 36 months of application
  • Excitement and Interest in research related career 
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • GPA of 3.0 or greater 
  • Demonstrated commitment to leadership and service 
  • 1 year of research experience 

Priority will be given to candidates aspiring to bolster their laboratory skills, expand their knowledge in fundamental biomedical research areas, and prepare for rigorous and cutting-edge graduate research and training.