Goal of the Summer Research Program

The goal of the Veterinary Scholars Summer Research Program is to increase the number of veterinarians involved in biomedical and clinical research. The program provides an opportunity for veterinary and undergraduate students interested in veterinary medicine to explore non-practice careers by engaging in a mentored research project through informal and formal interactions with scientists. Veterinary students will also travel to the National Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Symposium. It is anticipated that the positive experiences during the summer program will inspire students to pursue rewarding careers in veterinary and biomedical research.

Program Summary

  • Explore careers in clinical, diagnostic, and basic biomedical research.
  • Work with a faculty mentor to design and conduct a summer research project.
  • Participate in weekly seminars on: careers in academic; industry and government; lab animal medicine; ethics; scientific writing; research funding; and how to balance a career and personal life. Weekly lunch is provided for these seminars. 
  • Participate in extracurricular activities such as a trip to a local pharmaceutical company and a fellows picnic.
  • Travel to a national symposium to present your work and meet summer fellows from other colleges (veterinary students only). 
  • Program is 11 weeks (May 17, 2021 to July 30, 2021. August 6 for DVM students).
  • Veterinary students earn $5,000 and undergraduate students earn $3,000 plus $1000 for living/transportation expenses for the program.  
  • Applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m. (EST) February 1, 2021.

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