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WesternU CVM Veterinary Research Scholars Program – Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program

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The 2020 National Veterinary Scholars Symposium is being hosted by WesternU and UCSD (held at the UCSD campus) on July 31 – August 2, 2020.

Applications for the 2020 BI-VSP Sponsored Program were due to the CVM Office for Research (cvmresearch@westernu.edu) by January 10, 2020.


Boehringer Ingelheim LogoProgram Mission:

The mission of the Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program (BIVSP) is to provide an opportunity for veterinary schools to expose first and second 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.

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 and present a poster at the BI-NIH symposium meeting scheduled at the end of the summer. The 2020 BI-NIH symposium (NVSS) will be hosted by WesternU and UCSD (held at UCSD). 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.

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 BI-NIH Symposium.
  • One position may be filled by a student from another veterinary school as long as they can accommodate the WesternU-VSP start and end dates; this student must meet the same requirements as WesternU students, demonstrate English proficiency, and have established a working relationship with one of the WesternU VSP 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.

Application process:

Students applying for the BIVSP will need to submit the following document to the CVM Office of Research by January 10, 2020 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:

Scholars will be selected based on the scientific merit of the project, its feasibility within the timeframe of the program, its relevance to the career goals of the student and to the field of biomedical research, and the breadth of learning objectives. The scoring system used to evaluate these applications is available here.