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Summer Scholars Program


Applications are due Monday, February 3, 2014 by 5:00 pm. Prior to applying, please review the Program Details for more information and application instructions. The University of Minnesota CVM welcomes applications from 1 st and 2nd year DVM students from any College of Veterinary Medicine.

Now in its thirteenth year, the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine Summer Scholars Program offers first and second year veterinary students the opportunity to participate in research projects related to veterinary, animal, and human health initiatives. Through this experiential learning, students will gain an appreciation of biomedical and veterinary research careers and see firsthand how research contributes to advances in health care and veterinary practice.

The strength of this program lies in the research expertise of our faculty and the strong mentoring environments their programs provide. Learning is supplemented via seminars on various aspects of biomedical research, communicating science, and career development. Field trips to local research animal care facilities and biomedical device companies are planned.

A Great Program with Major Benefits

Together with our funding partners, we have a shared goal to create veterinary research scientists skilled in hypothesis-driven research and translational medicine. Individuals with both scientific and veterinary medical training will play increasingly important roles to address basic health issues in human biomedicine, veterinary health, and wildlife ecology. Through this program, students will:

• Gain firsthand experience in research planning and implementation, data evaluation and working effectively in an active research lab

• Develop communication and critical thinking skills

• Develop an understanding of clinical, translational, and basic research

• Become aware of career paths beyond veterinary practice

• Receive a $4,500 stipend

Similar programs are in place at other leading Colleges of Veterinary Medicine. For more information on applying, check out the Research Opportunities for Veterinary Students web page.

Our Funding Partners

While the Summer Scholars program aims to offer a broach range of research experiences, the number of positions and research areas available will be determined by funding from the following sources:

• Merial Limited (four positions): Biomedical research training
Click here for more information about Merial Veterinary Scholars

• The College of Veterinary Medicine (four positions): Biomedical research training (required Merial match)

• National Institutes of Health T-35 Training Grant (five positions): Biomedical research training and development
Click here for more information about the NIH T-35

• The Skadron Family Oncology Scholarship (one position): Comparative Oncology

• The Morris Animal Foundation (one position, pending): Promotion of companion animal and wildlife health; one nominee per school, selected by the Summer Scholars Committee

• The Department of Veterinary Population Medicine (two positions): Food animal and ecosystems health research

• The Swine Disease Eradication Center (one position): Research impacting swine production and medicine

• Other center funding is pending and will be posted as available




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