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WesternU CVM Veterinary Summer Research Program Application and Sponsors

All applications should be submitted electronically to the CVM Office for Research (CVMResearch@westernu.edu). Deadlines and requirements vary with funding mechanisms – please review all instructions for each sponsor carefully. Applicants are welcome to apply to several funding sources at the same time using the proper application form.

Click on each sponsor’s name below to access their application and sponsor page.

  • Boehringer Ingelheim

    Boehringer Ingelheim Application and Sponsor Page

    Applications for this opportunity are due to the CVM Office for Research by January 31, 2021

    Boehringer Ingelheim Program Mission:

    The mission of the Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program (BIVSRP) is to provide an opportunity for veterinary schools to expose first, second and third year veterinary students to biomedical research through a scholar internship program.  By providing a supportive research environment in an established laboratory together with seminars and discussion groups on careers in science, it is hoped that students will consider the pursuit of a career in biomedical research as one of their options after completing their veterinary degree.

    Boehringer Ingelheim’s learning objectives include: to understand and follow responsible conduct in research, to instruct students in research methodology and acquire relevant technical skills, to gain experience in interpretation and dissemination of results, and to Expose students to research career and training pathways.

    Expectations and support:

    Each scholar receives a stipend of $5,000 for full-time involvement in research during the program.

    Scholars are expected to attend all group training opportunities offered by the program (workshops and field trips) and present a poster at the Boehringer Ingelheim National Veterinary Scholars Symposium (NVSS) scheduled at the end of the summer. Registration fees, travel costs and poster preparation will be covered.

    Individual projects should enable the student to formulate a testable hypothesis, identify specific objectives, conduct research, interpret data and present their findings in the form of an abstract and/or poster.  Demonstration of the use of biomedical research skills in specialty fields (e.g. Pathology, Toxicology, Laboratory Animal Medicine, Pharmacology, Clinical, and Imaging) is desirable.

    Application process:

    STUDENT ELIGIBILITY:

    This program is especially relevant to students interested in exploring biomedical research. Students without prior research experience are encouraged to apply. Mentors are limited to one application and must therefore select the trainee that they will support through this mechanism. Eligibility requirements are as follows:

    • Students must have completed at least one year of a DVM curriculum, be currently enrolled, and in good academic standing at their University.
    • Students must commit to attending all training opportunities, including the NVSS.
    • One position may be filled by a student from another veterinary school as long as they can accommodate the WesternU CVM VSRP start and end dates; this student must meet the same requirements as WesternU students, demonstrate English proficiency, and have an established working relationship with one of the WesternU CVM VSRP research mentors, as evidenced by the grant application (see selection criteria).
    • WesternU will welcome students in the European programs as long as they meet the criteria for eligibility.

    SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION:

    SELECTION PROCESS:

    • Student applications will be sent to corresponding mentors who will rank applicants.
    • Students’ project rankings will be matched with mentors’ rankings of applicants to finalize the pairing of scholars and mentors.
    • Notification by first week of March during the application year.

    Questions, or issues with the application, should be directed to the CVM Office for Research (cvmresearch@westernu.edu).

  • Morris Animal Foundation

    Morris Animal Foundation Application and Sponsor Page

    Applications for the 2021 opportunity are now closed.

    Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Student Scholars Program (MAF-VSRP)

    Morris Animal Foundation works tirelessly to accelerate promising research focused on improving the lives of animals around the world, funding the best researchers, conducting the best science, whether in a clinical trial, in the lab, or out in the field. The impact includes hands-on research experience for students, the discovery of new knowledge that advances animal health, publication in professional journals, career advancement for aspiring scientists, and longer, healthier lives for animals.

    Students are selected by their institution based on their academic standing, endorsement from a responsible mentor, and a proposed research project consistent with the Foundation’s guidelines. All research projects must comply with the Foundation’s Health Study Policy for Animals Involved in Research and must have Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval if live animals (including client-owned animals) are involved in the project.

    Expectations & Support:

    • Each scholar receives a stipend of $5,000 and must be engaged full-time in research for a 10-week to 11-week period.
    • Scholars are expected to attend all group training opportunities (scheduled workshops and field trips) offered by the program.
    • Scholars must present a poster at the annual Boehringer Ingelheim National Veterinary Scholar Symposium (NVSS). Registration fees, travel costs and poster preparation will be covered.
    • Individual projects should enable the student to formulate a testable hypothesis, identify specific objectives, conduct research, interpret data and present their findings in the form of an abstract and/or poster.
    • Demonstration of the use of biomedical research skills in specialty fields (e.g. Pathology, Toxicology, Laboratory Animal Medicine, Pharmacology, Clinical, and Imaging) is desirable.

    Application Process:

    STUDENT ELIGIBILITY:

    Students must meet the following criteria to be considered eligible for this opportunity:

    • Have completed at least one year of a DVM curriculum
    • Be currently enrolled, and in good academic standing at their University
    • Students must commit to attending training opportunities, including the BI-NIH Symposium.

    SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION:

    Students applying for the MAF-VSRP should review VSS Guidelines document (link below) before filling out and submitting the VSS Proposal and returning it to the the CVM Office of Research by the application deadline to complete the application process:

    VSS Guidelines

    VSS Proposal Template

    VSS Sample Grant (Reference Only) 

    SELECTION PROCESS:

    Applications for the WesternU, Morris Animal Foundation VSRP will be reviewed and scored by a CVM Selection committee based on impact, scientific merit, feasibility, academic standing, and mentoring.

    Only one application will be submitted from WesternU to the Morris Animal Foundation. Applicants are notified as soon as possible after final approval by the MAF.

  • AVMA/AVMF

    AVMF/AVMF Application and Sponsor Page

    The application period for the 2021 opportunity is now closed.

    AVMA/AVMF 2nd Opportunity Summer Research Scholarship Program

    The AVMA/AVMF believes that by investing in the education of America’s veterinary students, they play a role in ensuring that future veterinarians have the skills and training necessary to treat our pets, safeguard our food supply and protect public health. They make an impact on veterinary students by empowering them to achieve their goals in veterinary medicine and by recognizing and rewarding individuals who have made extraordinary accomplishments in their education. Their goal is to build a relationship with veterinary students that lasts a lifetime.

    The AVMA/AVMF 2nd Opportunity Summer Research Scholarship is intended to provide support for students who have previously conducted a summer research project and are seeking to gain a second summer of research experience.  Ideally, student applicants would be continuing their prior research project but that is not an absolute requirement. Nominations are limited to 1 (one) per school, and a maximum of 5 (five) total scholarships will be awarded.

    Expectations and support:

    The veterinary research scholar receives a research scholarship of $5,000 plus $1,000 to supplement travel expenses to the Boehringer Ingelheim National Veterinary Scholar Symposium (NVSS). Veterinary research scholars must be engaged full-time in research for the duration of the program. Veterinary research scholars are expected to attend all group training opportunities offered by the program and present a poster at the National Scholars-symposium meeting scheduled at the end of the summer. Registration fees, travel costs and poster preparation will be covered.

    Application process:

    STUDENT ELIGIBILITY:

    Students must have previously conducted a summer research project. They should be currently enrolled, and in good academic standing at their University.

    Students must commit to attending all training opportunities, including the presentation of a scientific poster at Boehringer Ingelheim National Veterinary Scholar Symposium (NVSS).

    SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION:

    Year 2 students applying for the 2nd Opportunity AVMA/AVMF scholarship will need to submit the following document to the CVM Office of Research to complete the application process: AVMA-AVMF Summer Research Grant Application.

    SELECTION PROCESS:

    One application for the AVMF/AVMA 2nd Opportunity scholarship will be reviewed and scored by a CVM Selection committee based on:

    • Impact
    • Scientific merit
    • Feasibility
    • Participation in the training program
    • Mentoring

    Preference will be given to students continuing their previous research project. The scoring system used to evaluate clinical research scholars’ applications is available here.

    Only one application will be forwarded electronically by the CVM Office of Research to the AVMF/AVMA for national competition.

  • PetSmart Charities

    PetSmart Charities Application and Sponsor Page

    The application period for the 2021 opportunity is now closed.

    PetSmart Student Research Program Mission:

    The goals of this research grant funding is to foster education, study and research into ‘Spectrum of Care,’ ‘Access to Care,’ ‘Incremental Care,’ and ‘Community Medicine’ as it pertains to veterinary medicine. It seeks to document the findings of said research, then circulate and promote the findings of research to allow for broader understanding of this important aspect of veterinary medicine.

    This program gives veterinary students hands-on exposure to veterinary medical research aimed at studying or reducing barriers to veterinary care in client-owned animals in the United States (and territories) or Canada for non-equine companion animals, such as dogs, cats, non-poultry birds, reptiles or pocket pets. Barriers to veterinary care may include language, transportation, socioeconomic, cultural, or other barriers.

    The Program:

    PetSmart Charities Veterinary Scholars program awards stipends to veterinary students focusing on shelter medicine or human-animal bond areas of research. All research projects must have Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval if live animals (including shelter or client-owned animals) are involved in the project.

    Expectations and support:

    Each scholar receives a stipend of $6,500 and must be fully engaged in research for 10-week to 12-week period.

    Scholars are expected to attend all group training opportunities (workshops and field trips) offered by the program.

    Scholars will be required to present a poster at the Boehringer Ingelheim National Veterinary Scholar Symposium (NVSS) meeting scheduled at the end of the summer, and attend a national research network event to be hosted by PetSmart. Registration fees, travel costs and poster preparation will be covered for

    Individual projects should enable the student research scholar to formulate a testable hypothesis, identify specific objectives, conduct research, interpret data and present their findings in the form of an abstract and/or poster.

    Application process:

    STUDENT ELIGIBILITY:

    Students must have completed at least one year of a DVM curriculum, be currently enrolled, and in good academic standing at their University.

    The student must be in good academic standing, able to complete the research within the veterinary summer research program year that they apply for, have endorsement from a responsible mentor faculty advisor, and a proposed research project consistent with the Foundation’s mission.

    SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION:

    Students applying for PetSmart Charities Veterinary Scholars program should to apply directly to the PetSmart Charities website with the support of their mentor and the Dean of CVM.

    Students must then send a copy of their submission, and confirmation email, directly to CVM Research.

    SELECTION PROCESS:

    Applications for the PetSmart Charities Veterinary Scholars Program are screened and selected directly by PetSmart.

  • USDA AHDR

    USDA Application and Sponsor Page

    The application period for the 2021 opportunity is now closed.

    USDA AHDR Program Mission:

    The purpose of the USDA Animal Health and Disease Research Program is to promote animal health research at accredited state veterinary schools or colleges or agricultural experiment stations. It is designed to improve global food security, reduce the incidence of food-borne illness, improve the health of livestock, and protect agricultural health.

    Expectations and support:

    • Each student research scholar receives a stipend of $5,000. CVM will match $2,500 towards supplies and consumables.
    • Student research scholars are expected to attend all group training opportunities offered by the program (workshops and field trips) and present a poster at the Boehringer Ingelheim National Veterinary Scholars Symposium (NVSS). Registration fees, travel costs and poster preparation will be covered.
    • Individual projects should enable the student research scholar to formulate a testable hypothesis, identify specific objectives, conduct research, interpret data and present their findings in the form of an abstract and/or poster.
    • Demonstration of the use of biomedical research skills in specialty fields (e.g. Pathology, Toxicology, Laboratory Animal Medicine, Pharmacology, Clinical, and Imaging) is desirable.

    Application process:

    STUDENT ELIGIBILITY:

    Students without prior research experience are encouraged to apply. Eligibility requirements are as follows:

    • Students must have completed at least one year of a DVM curriculum, be currently enrolled, and in good academic standing at their University.
    • Students must commit to attending all training opportunities, including the BI-NIH Symposium.
    • WesternU will welcome students in the European programs as long as they meet the criteria for eligibility.

    SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION:

    SELECTION PROCESS:

    • Student applications will be sent to corresponding mentors who will rank applicants.
    • Students’ project rankings will be matched with mentors’ rankings of applicants to finalize the pairing of scholars and mentors.
    • Notification by March 1, 2021

    Questions, or issues with the application, should be directed to the CVM Office for Research (cvmresearch@westernu.edu).

  • WesternU Fellowship

    The application period for the 2021 opportunity are now closed.

    WesternU PART-TIME Fellowship:

    The WesternU Part-Time Fellowship provides 1st and 2nd year students an opportunity to complete a research project with a mentor during the summer months. This program is ideal for individuals that want a part-time engagement.

    Expectations and Support:

    Students are only eligible for 1 award over 2 years, and no more than two separate projects will be accepted per mentor and no more than two paid students per project. Student research scholars sharing the same mentor also share the stipend.

    The Part-Time Fellowship includes a stipend for the student and an expectation that this student research scholar will present their summer research project at the annual WesternU Student Technology and Research Symposium (STRS), or at another research conference.

    Part-Time Scholars are welcome to attend all group training sessions of the WesternU Veterinary Research Scholars Program, but attendance is optional.

    Application Process:

    Students applying for the WesternU Part-Time Fellowship should contact Susan Dominguez (sdominguez@westernu.edu) at the Office for Research & Biotechnology for more details, or visit the website for this opportunity here.

    Students applying to this program should send a copy of their application to CVM Research (cvmresearch@westernu.edu).

  • Important Dates:

    Potential mentors looking to participate in the Summer Research Program are called to submit a new, unique application to CVM Research. Deadlines vary– please refer to email calls for more information, or contact CVMResearch@westernu.edu.

    The 2021 WesternU CVM Summer Research Program is expected to run May 24, 2021 – July 30, 2021.

    The 2021 National Veterinary Scholars Symposium: Held at Iowa State University on August 4-6, 2021. Please visit the Boehringer Ingelheim website for updates and information.