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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 is being hosted by WesternU and UCSD (at the UCSD campus) on July 31 – August 2, 2020. Applications are due to CVM Research (cvmresearch@westernu.edu) no later than January 10, 2020

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) (will be hosted by WesternU and UCSD [held at UCSD]). 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 BI-NIH Symposium (held at Tufts University on July 25-28, 2019).

Application process:

Year 2 students applying for the AVMF scholarship will need to submit the following documents to the CVM Office of Research the due date (please check back for updates) to complete the application process:

  1. A completed WesternU CVM Veterinary Research Scholars Application
  2. A completed AVMA/AVMF Research Grant Application
  3. A letter of support from the proposed mentor: The letter must discuss:

    – The source of funding that will cover consumables and supplies
    – List any funds available to support student’s stipend
    – A description of the availability of the mentor to work with the trainee during the duration of the program.

    The mentor is required to provide a statement identifying the student’s role in the research. Mentors should also commit to ensuring participation of their scholar to all group training sessions.

  4. For projects involving animals / human subjects, an IACUC/IRB application filled out by the mentor must be attached to the application. The protocol MUST be approved prior to the start of the project and release of funding.

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.