The Hormel Institute Launches Young Scientist Program

AUSTIN, Minn. – The Hormel Institute is launching the Young Scientist Program in partnership with Austin Public Schools. The program will engage 6-8 grade students from IJ Holton Intermediate School and Ellis Middle School that are interested in biomedical research and science fields.

“Students will gain knowledge through exploration, relevance, relationships, rigor, and results,” said Kelly Vincelette, The Hormel Institute’s Community Outreach and Education Manager. “Each student will have the opportunity to work on their own personal research experiment. Through these types of programs, we hope to inspire the next generation of scientists.”

The students will be placed in research laboratories throughout The Hormel Institute to learn through observation and hands-on experiences and to explore biomedical research.

“This opportunity is open to all students with an interest or curiosity in science,” said IJ Holton Principal Dewey Schara. “We are so excited to start this partnership with the Institute and feel so fortunate to work, live, and learn in a community that makes opportunities like this accessible to all our students.”

This program was made possible through a generous donation from Paul and Joanne Worlein and development of the new Education Fund at The Hormel Institute. This new fund supports current and future education initiatives for student learning opportunities at The Hormel Institute. If you would like to support education outreach at The Hormel Institute please visit

The Hormel Institute is an independent biomedical research department within the University of Minnesota’s Office of the Vice President for Research. Collaborative research partners include Masonic Cancer Center UMN (a Comprehensive Cancer Center as designated by the National Cancer Institute, N.I.H.), Mayo Clinic, and many other leading research centers worldwide. The Hormel Institute, which tripled in size in 2008 and doubled again in size in 2016, is home to some of the world’s most cutting-edge research technologies and expert scientists. Over the next few years, The Hormel Institute will broaden its impact through innovative, world class research in its quest to improve human health.