Four MSUM undergraduates (Bioscience majors Trysten Jensen, Nik Newville, and Whitney Shegrud and BCBT major Kervens Accilien) submitted a proposal to the IMPACT competition held by the Mayo Clinic earlier this month. The proposal detailed their hypothesis explaining what may be the underlying cause of hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). Last week, their proposal was named one of eight finalists (of the hundreds of submitted proposals). They will be presenting their proposal at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisconsin on March 9, 2019. If their proposal is selected as the best, then each student will be awarded $1,000.

The IMPACT program (Innovative Minds Partnering to Advance Curative Therapies) is an undergraduate program sponsored by the Mayo Clinic, the Mayo Clinic Health System in northwestern Wisconsin, and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Biosciences professor Adam Stocker is the group’s faculty sponsor.