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WesternU CVM Veterinary Research Scholars Program – AVMA/AVMF Sponsored Program

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Click here to view the AVMA/AVMF 2nd Opportunity Summer Research Scholarship website

The 2020 National Veterinary Scholars Symposium was held online August 4-6, 2020. Please visit the website for highlights from this year’s symposium: https://nvss.aavmc.org/

The 2021 application period will be announced via email and website— please check back regularly for updates, or contact CVMResearch@westernu.edu with any questions.


AVMA and AVMF LogoProgram Mission:

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.

Expectations and support:

Each veterinary research scholar receives a research scholarship of $5,000 plus $1,000 to supplement travel expenses to the BI-NIH symposium (NVSS). Veterinary research scholars must be fully engaged 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.

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 BI-NIH Symposium (NVSS) being hosted at Iowa State University in 2021.

Application process:

Year 2 students applying for the AVMF scholarship will need to submit the following document to the CVM Office of Research by the application deadline to complete the application process: WesternU CVM Veterinary Research Scholars Application

* The application is a dynamic PDF, if you are unable to see the file upon download, please change your browser settings, as this may be preventing you from viewing your downloaded PDF. Here’s a link that can show you how.  You may also email CVMResearch@westernu.edu for technical support.

Selection process:

Applications for the AVMF/AVMA second opportunity for research 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.