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Center For Veterinary Health Sciences

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Summer Research Training Program

Discover if research is the right career path for you.

The Summer Research Training Program offers mentored training for veterinary students in biomedical research through a 12-week paid summer immersion experience.

The goal of the Summer Research Training Program is to foster the development of the next generation of veterinary research scientists.

Variety of Research Projects

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.

Faculty Mentors

Each summer, 10-15 first and second year veterinary students complete a research project under the direction of a faculty mentor.

View the list of faulty mentors.

Apply Now

Learn how to apply to the Summer Research Training Program.

About the Program

The Summer Research Training Program has been in place at the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences since 1995.

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.

Past Programs

View photos from the 2015 program.

View photos from the 2016 program.

Funding

Funding for the OSU-CVHS Summer Scholars Program has been made available from the National Institutes of Health, Boehringer Ingelheim, the Morris Animal Foundation and the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences.