Program Summary

The Veterinary Scholars Summer Research 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.

Program Benefits

  • Explore careers in clinical, diagnostic, and basic biomedical research.
  • Work with a faculty mentor to design and conduct a summer research project.
  • Attend weekly seminars (lunch included) on topics such as:
    • Careers in academia, industry, and government
    • Lab animal medicine
    • Ethics
    • Various research topics 
    • Clinical trials
  • Participate in extracurricular activities such as a trip to a local pharmaceutical company, a meeting with University of Illinois veterinary students, and a fellows picnic.
  • Travel to the Boehringer Ingelheim National Veterinary Scholars Symposium to present your work and meet summer fellows from other colleges (veterinary students only).


The program is 11 weeks from May 28, 2024 to August 7, 2024 (August 11, 2024 for DVM students).


Veterinary students earn $6,500 and undergraduate students earn $4,500. 


Applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m. (EST) February 1, 2024. Apply now!


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I loved networking with other veterinary students from other schools! I learned so much from the presentations and panels. It was such a welcoming and collaborative experience. I exchanged information with so many others and am inspired to see what is to come!