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Groundbreaking innovation

Over the past academic year, our groundbreaking collaboration with Mayo Clinic has grown exponentially, giving more students unique research opportunities and bringing to light significant discoveries in improving patient care and outcomes.

The following collection of stories highlight innovative research collaborations connecting Blugold faculty and students with Mayo Clinic physicians and researchers, and will introduce you to our inaugural cohort of Biomedical Innovator Scholars. These 10 first-year students will impress and inspire you with their eager dedication to medical research and discovery. Our upper-level undergraduate researchers spark pride in the Blugold family as they prepare to graduate and take their depth of knowledge and understanding into the worlds of industry, medicine and graduate school.

Take in these stories of trailblazing collaborations — Blugold experiences that will solidify UW-Eau Claire as the premier pre-med institution in the Midwest, a place able to offer undergraduate research experiences like no other.

I am so glad to be involved, not only for the undergraduate research, but to be able to better the lives of patients as well. I never expected to be able to have such an impact on others so early in my college career.

Kati Sadowska Blugold Biomedical Innovator Scholar
Dr. Rajeev Chaudhry

Data driven patient care

Dr. Rajeev Chaudhry — an expert in analyzing large datasets to help health care organizations improve patient care — began a new role with Mayo Clinic Health System that includes time to work with UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff and students on research.

MatSci lab students

Meet the Biomed Scholars

Meet the exceptional Blugolds who have become the first-ever Biomedical Innovator Scholars at UW-Eau Claire, and learn about their first year of collaboration with Mayo Clinic researchers.

Sponsor a Biomedical Innovator student: Your gift can save lives

Every day that our Biomedical Innovator Scholars spend in the lab with their fellow students, faculty and Mayo researchers, they come one step closer to a discovery that can truly improve patient care or outcomes, and potentially save lives. How many undergraduates get to say that? Very few.

If you have a passion for STEM research, you have connections to the field of medicine, or you simply want to support transformative student experiences, your gift can make all the difference. Take, for instance, the Jerry Longridge Scholarships in Nursing and Biology.

Established just this year, this estate gift to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation will fully fund two annual Biomedical Innovator Research Scholarships, as well as scholarships for diverse students in nursing or biology and need-based scholarships for students in those fields. These scholarships are all four-year renewable awards. 

Blugolds are invited to contribute to the Blugold Biomedical Innovator Scholarship program through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Contact Julia Diggins, director of major gifts at or 715-836-3273, to discuss how to create a scholarship that aligns with your passions for student research opportunities at UW-Eau Claire.

Dr. Jamie Lyman Gingerich, a UW-Eau Claire associate professor of biology, works in a Phillips Hall laboratory with students Kati Sadowska, center, and Caterra Leavens.

Cutting edge Blugold researchers

The research project examining genetic disorders grew out of a working relationship between a UW-Eau Claire alumnus and his undergraduate research mentor.

UW-Eau Claire student researchers Aaron Ellefson, right, and Cuyler Monahan participated in student-faculty research to develop a clinical foam to protect cancer patients during treatment.

Tissue-saving foam research

Student researchers use the creativity and problem-solving skills learned in materials science courses to test, experiment and compile data for a medical product innovation that could help protect cancer patients during treatment

As of late 2020


funded active research projects



approved funding of collaborative projects

Mayo Collaboration Update Report

More than


student researchers impacted so far

In the lab with Mayo doctors

Materials science research lab, students and faculty working