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 Students in the CSU Veterinary Summer Scholars Program visit Rocky Mountain National Park as part of their studies.

Veterinary Summer Scholars Program

2014 Program Dates: May 19 - August 8, 2014

The primary goal of this program is to assist in the development of knowledge and skills of professional veterinary students in comparative and veterinary medicine related research problems. This training program provides mentorship and infrastructure for veterinary students to attain specific technical and conceptual skills to perform hypothesis-based research involving faculty supervised projects. Funded projects will provide student stipend (40 hours per week commitment required) and range from 10-12 weeks in length.

Students are encouraged to begin seeking out mentors and outline potential research projects one to two months in advance of the application deadline. Mentors will need to provide a letter of support for students outlining the potential research project and commit to supporting any research expenses (materials, supplies, services and equipment) associated with the project.

 

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Available Opportunities

Merial

The Merial Scholars Summer Research Program has been continuously funded through the Merial (formerly Merck-Merial) for over a decade. There will be 8 (4 funded by Merial and 4 matched by CSU) positions for the upcoming summer. Projects are typically 10-12 weeks during the summer. Students are encouraged to begin seeking out mentors and outline potential research projects one to two months in advance of the application deadline. Students that have completed at least two semesters (one academic year) of the Veterinary curriculum by May of each year at any AVMA accredited Veterinary School are eligible to apply for these positions. Trainees must be in good academic standing.

Contact: Dr. Sue VandeWoude
Phone: (970) 491-7162

National Institutes of Health

The CVMBS NIH Veterinary Scholars Summer Research Program was first funded in 2013. There will be 7 positions for the upcoming summer. Projects are 12 weeks during the summer and should support research in public and human health (infectious disease, cancer, neurobiology, epidemiology/ diagnostics, musculoskeletal research and reproduction). Students must be US Citizens and have completed at least once academic year of Veterinary School. Trainees must be in good academic standing.

Contact: Dr. Sue VandeWoude
Phone: (970) 491-7162

Morris Animal Foundation

The Veterinary Summer Scholars review committee will select one application from all projects submitted to move forward as a full project proposal for the Morris Animal Foundation Summer Fellowship. Students are not permitted to apply directly. The final application will be submitted by the Dean's Office and Aimee Oke will assist with proposal preparation and submission by the deadline (April 2014). To be selected, the proposal must comply with the Foundation's Health Study Policy for Animals involved in Research (In general, projects may not use euthanasia as a study end point, require induction of disease/injury, induce/allow pain or distress or utilize samples collected from animals under the previous conditions).

Contact: Dr. Sue VandeWoude
Phone: (970) 491-7162

University of Alaska Fairbanks Exchange Program

The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has funding available for summer research at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Funded positions will provide stipend and up to $2,000 in travel expenses. Students who do not have pre-existing connections with faculty at University of Alaska-Fairbanks should contact Dr. Todd O'Hara after reviewing potential mentors on the UAF website. Please cc Cathy Griseto on the correspondence, and refrain from contacting faculty directly first. Only current CSU students are eligible to apply and must commit to at least an 8-week project.

Application Deadline: February 7, 2014

Contact: Dr. Todd O'Hara
Phone: (970) 474-1527

Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies Exchange Program

​The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has funding available for summer research at the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies / The Roslyn Institute. Funded positions will provide stipend and up to $2,000 in travel expenses. Students should contact Dr. Randy Basaraba to discuss possible faculty contacts. Only current CSU students are eligible to apply and must commit to at least an 8-week project.

Application Deadline: February 7, 2014


Contact: Dr. Randy Basaraba
Phone: (970) 491-3313

ASLAP Summer Fellowship

​CSU-Lab Animal Resources will provide 1-2 ASLAP Summer Fellowships in 2014. Applications for this program are due on February 7, 2014. The program is intended to provide the student with a concentrated exposure to the practice of laboratory animal medicine. Applicants must be in good academic standing at an AVMA accredited Veterinary School. More information about the ASLAP Summer program and how to apply.

Contact: Dr. Lon V. Kendall
Phone: (970) 491-5903

American Humane Association

​American Humane Association's Animal Welfare Research Institute wishes to provide veterinary students with the opportunity to conduct research that enhances the health and welfare of animals. Students should apply directly to the American Humane Association. The application deadline is March 7, 2014.

A separate application via the CSU VSS site is NOT required; however, the AHA application does require a letter from CSU providing a statement of the applicant’s good standing in the professional curriculum. Students may obtain this by emailing Aimee Oke with the following information:
  1. Proposed project title
  2. Mentor name
The AHA will review applications and provide $4000 in summer stipend to selected students. The CVMBS Dean’s Office will provide additional funding to awardees to bring final stipend levels in line with other summer trainees. Students that receive funds from AHA will not be eligible to receive additional stipend funding as students are only allowed a single position in the summer program, regardless of funding source.


Contact: Aimee Oke
Phone: (970) 491-7053

Center for Companion Animal Studies Young Investigators Awards

The Center for Companion Animal Studies provides up to $5,000 in funding per project and is expected to have a veterinary student involved as an investigator. Faculty mentors can be from any of the Departments, but preference is given to projects with a clinical emphasis. The proposals are due on March 30, 2014 with funded projects announced on April 7, 2014. 


Contact: Dr. Michael R. Lappin
Phone: (970) 297-0313​​​


Other Summer Research Opportunities

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