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Summer Scholars Application and Program Details

Application Process:
Students should begin by reviewing advisors and eligible projects. Students should then meet with potential advisors to learn more about the project in question, and then prepare an application. Each applicant will be expected to identify and rank up to three projects that they would be interested in working on. That includes at least one, one-page project narrative that includes a statement of the problem being addressed, the research goals, and the approach to be used. Students may elect to complete a project narrative for a second project if desired. The narratives should be descriptive and free of technical detail. The narratives are to be written independently of advisor editing. Note that multiple students may apply for the same project. Applications are due February 3, 2014 to Kate Barry at

Selection Process:
Student applications will be reviewed for clarity and quality of the project description, statement of interest for participating in the Summer Scholars program, GPA, and degree of prior research experience. The project's ability to provide a solid research experience for the scholar will also be considered. The program is NOT intended for students with prior thesis-based MS or PhD degrees. The review and final decisions will be made by the Summer Scholars Advisory Committee (Fekadu Kassie, Michael Murtaugh, Carrie Finno, Srinand Sreevatsan, Bruce Walcheck, and Mark Rutherford). Selections and offers of participation will be made no later than March 3, 2014.

Requirements of Participation:
The stipend for the summer is $4,500. Veterinary students from outside the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine are encouraged to apply. Scholars will begin their research experience May 17 and end on August 11. Expectations of the Summer Scholars are full-time attendance in the laboratory/research arena as necessary to carry out the research as agreed upon with the sponsoring faculty member. In addition, participation is expected in the bi-weekly seminars portion of our program, which may includes field trips to research facilities, science ethics presentations, research careers for veterinarians, and science communication best practices. All Summer Scholars will be invited to attend the Merial Veterinary Scholars Symposium at Cornell University in August, 2014. Finally, Summer Scholars are required to present their research project from the previous summer in the fall 2014 CVM Points of Pride Research Day (date TBD).

For more information, contact Mark Rutherford, Summer Scholars Program Director, at or 612-625-4281.

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