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Veterinary Summer Scholars Program

2019 Program Dates: May 20 through Aug. 9

Funded projects will provide student stipend support and are 10 weeks in duration.

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 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.​​​​​​​


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UAF Summer Research Opportunities​

University of Alaska Fairbanks

NIH funding is available for two summer research positions at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks for veterinary students enrolled at CSU. 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 Brianna Pauling on the correspondence, and refrain from contacting faculty directly first. Only current CSU students are eligible to apply. 

Contact: Dr. Todd O'Hara
Phone: (907) 474-1838
UAF Main Office: (907) 474-1928​​

CSU Opportunities Requiring Separate Application

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. Proposals are due by Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 8 a.m., 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​​​

Non-CSU Research Opportunities

Available Summer Opportunities Using an Online Application

boehringer ingelheim

Boehringer Ingelheim

The Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Summer Research Program has been continuously funded through Boehringer Ingelheim (formerly Merial) for over two decades. There will be up to eight (8) (four (4) funded by Boehringer Ingelheim and four (4) matched by CSU) positions for the upcoming summer. The Boehringer Ingelheim 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 2019. 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 6, 2019. 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.

Contact: Dr. Sue VandeWoude or Dr. Gilbert John
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 position for a 10 week project focusing on shelter medicine. More details will be announced in January.

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


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