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Summer Research Training Program

Research Tailored for Veterinary Students

 

Are you interested in exploring opportunities for a veterinary career in biomedical research? Have you considered pursuing an internship, residency, or graduate training sometime after graduation?

 

The Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences offers mentored training for veterinary students in biomedical research through a 12-week paid summer immersion experience. The Program is a great way to discover if research is the right career path for you.

 

A variety of research projects are available each summer, including ones which focus on infectious and parasitic diseases, respiratory physiology, equine medicine, toxicology, pharmacology, biomarkers, and clinical research topics. Students who have participated in the program in the past have given it high marks for being fun, exciting and beneficial to their career development.

 

Program Details

 

The Summer Research Training Program has been in place at the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences since 1995. The program is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, Merial Veterinary Scholars Research Program, and Morris Animal Foundation. The overarching goal of the Summer Research Training Program is to foster the development of the next generation of veterinary research scientists. Each summer, a group of 10-15 1st and 2nd year veterinary students complete a research project under the direction of a faculty mentor and receive training in biomedical research.

The cornerstone of the program is the summer research project that each student conducts under the direction of a faculty mentor in a research laboratory at Oklahoma State University or other affiliated institution. The project is designed so that it can be completed during the summer and so that the results warrant presentation at a national meeting or publication in a scientific journal. At the conclusion of the summer the students present the findings from their research projects to the veterinary college community during our annual Research Day; participating students also have the opportunity to attend a national research symposium where they interact with faculty and students involved in similar programs at other veterinary schools in North America.

The program also holds a weekly seminar series that exposes students to critically important research topics such as research ethics, experimental design, and analysis and presentation of data. Training is provided on career development, with topics ranging from preparation of an effective curriculum vita to achieving a satisfying balance between professional work and personal life. Students who have participated in the program in the past have given it high marks for being fun, exciting and beneficial to their career development.

 

Nurturing Research Talent

 

Funding for the OSU-CVHS Summer Scholars Program has been made available from the National Institutes of Health, Merial Ltd. (http://www.merialscholars.com), the Morris Animal Foundation, and the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences.

 

The Process

 

Student participants are selected from applicants in the pre-clinical years of the DVM program based on academic performance and a 1-page essay by the applicants describing why they want to participate in the program and what they hope to gain from it. Students from any veterinary school may apply; applications from veterinary schools outside the U. S. are specifically encouraged. Selected students are then matched with a faculty research mentor based on a combination of their expressed research interest and agreement of faculty (both based on prior discussions between students and prospective mentors). At least 10 and as many as 20 students (pending available funding) may be selected each summer.

 

Apply for the Summer Research Training Program