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Veterinary Summer Scholars Program

2017 Program Dates: May 15 - August 4

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.

See additional qualifications here.

Students are encouraged to begin seeking out mentors to 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 Summer Opportunities Using the Online Application Form

The Merial Veterinary Scholars Summer Research Program has been continuously funded through the Merial (formerly Merck-Merial) for over a decade. There will be up to 8 (4 funded by Merial and 4 matched by CSU) positions for the upcoming summer. The Merial VSP favors students who have not had prior research experience and funds any research topic area.

Contact: Dr. Sue VandeWoude or Dr. Gilbert John
Phone: (970) 491-7162 or (970) 491-7145

National Institutes of Health
The CVMBS NIH Veterinary Scholars Summer Research Program was first funded in 2013 and will support eight positions in 2017. Projects support 12 weeks of research during the summer in public health and topics of relevance to 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 or Dr. Gilbert John
Phone: (970) 491-7162 or (970) 491-7145

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. Students should not apply directly to Morris Animal Foundation. Students will be notified of their selection by the review committee and upon acceptance by the student, Aimee Oke from the Dean’s office will assist the student with proposal preparation and submission by the deadline, March 1, 2017. To be selected, the proposal must comply with the Foundation's Health Study Policy for Animals involved in Research and be focused on areas of animal health research of interest to MAF.

Phone: (970) 491-7162 or (970) 491-7145


USDA Animal Health and Disease
​CVMBS will fund 2-3 positions with allocated funds from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Animal Health and Disease Research Program. Projects should focus on agricultural species health issues (including horses, poultry, and fish) including but not limited to, 1) improving the flow of information to producers regarding animal husbandry practices, and diagnostic and treatment methods, 2) fostering achievement of food safety goals; and 3) advancing the well-being and treatment of farm animals, with particular emphasis on disease prevention strategies. Students must have completed at least one academic year of Veterinary School. Trainees must be in good academic standing.

Contact: Dr. Sue VandeWoude or Dr. Gilbert John
Phone: (970) 491-7162 or (970) 491-7145

Petsmart Charities

​Petsmart Chariries

Petsmart Charities will fun 1-2 positions for a 10-12 week project focusing on shelter medicine. Only current CSU DVM students are eligible to apply.

Contact: Dr. Sue VandeWoude or Dr. Gilbert John
Phone: (970) 491-7162 or (970) 491-7145

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

2017 Opportunities Requiring Separate Application

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 Dr. 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 20167 Detailed program information can be viewed here.

Application deadline: February 3, 2017

Contact: Dr. 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 by 8 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, and must be submitted electronically as an email attachement. Learn more about the grant program here

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

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