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WesternU CVM Veterinary Research Scholars Program – Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Scholars Program

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The 2020 National Veterinary Scholars Symposium is being hosted by WesternU and UCSD (at the UCSD campus) on July 31 – August 2, 2020. Applications for the 2020 MAF-VSP are due to the CVM Office for Research (cvmresearch@westernu.edu) no later than January 10, 2020.

Program Mission:

The Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Scholars Program (MAF-VSP) gives hands-on exposure to veterinary student research scholars who wish to participate in clinical or basic research with direct impact on animal health and/or welfare. 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 and support:

Each scholar receives a stipend of $5,000 and must be fully engaged in research for 10-week to 12-week period.

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 2019 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:

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 training opportunities, including the BI-NIH Symposium.

Application process:

Students applying for MAF-VSP will need to submit the following documents to the CVM Office of Research by the due date (please check back for updates). It is important to note that applications for this cannot be turned in directly to MAF, but only CVM OFR!

To complete the application process:

  1. A completed WesternU CVM Veterinary Research Scholars Application
  2. A completed 2019 Morris Animal Foundation Proposal form

    A Sample Grant Proposal can be found here
    Morris Animal Foundation Program Application Guidelines can be found here

  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 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 WesternU, Morris Animal Foundation VSP 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 forwarded electronically by the CVM Office of Research to the Morris Animal Foundation. The scoring system used to evaluate these applications is available here.

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