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Veterinary Summer Scholars Program

2016 Program Dates: May 16 - August 5​

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.

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 eight 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
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. For consideration, students must submit their applications on an earlier deadline, January 18, 2016. 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, February 3, 2016. 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).

Phone: (970) 491-7162

University of Alaska Fairbanks
The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has funding available for summer research at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Funded positions will provide up to $5,000 to cover airfare, housing, and stipend. 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 6, 2015

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

Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies
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 up to $5,000 to cover airfare, housing, and stipend. 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 6, 2015.

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

Summer Opportunities Not Using the Online Application Form

University of Tasmania

Funding is available for summer research at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Tasmania in the laboratory of Dr. Scott Carver. One position supported by a NSF funded collaborative project between Dr. Carver’s lab and the laboratory of Drs. Sue VandeWoude will provide stipend of $3,500 plus $2,000 in travel expenses. Only current CSU veterinary students are eligible to apply and must commit to at least an 8-week project between May and September 2016. Detailed program information can be viewed here.

Application deadline: February 6, 2016

Contact: Sue VandeWoude
Phone: 970-491-7162

ASLAP Summer Fellowship
The American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners with several funding partners is supporting 10-12 week Summer Fellowships in Laboratory Animal Medicine. Are you interested in clinical veterinary medicine and research? Do you want to work with a variety of non-traditional species? Are you curious about cutting edge science that defines the human and animal biomedical fields? If you are, then LABORATORY ANIMAL MEDICINE is the career for you, we can help you explore, AND pay you to do so! Activities in these programs will include practice of clinical medicine in a research environment, pathology of laboratory animals, surgery, animal colony management, working closely with laboratory animal veterinarians and residents, participation in journal clubs, seminars and management teams, regulatory oversight of animals used in research, laboratory animal medicine research and a number of other exciting endeavors. More information about the ASLAP Summer program and how to apply.

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

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 29, 2015 with funded projects announced on April 6, 2015. 


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

Other Research Opportunities