Veterinary Summer Scholars Program

Gain practical research skills with expert insight and mentorship from a faculty member

Application for 2023 Program is Closed

The application for the 2024 program will open Fall 2023.

Under the guidance of a College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences faculty mentor, complete a 12-week research project during the summer term. Veterinary students gain experience in hypothesis-based research in comparative and veterinary medicine. The program culminates in a research symposium, where students present their research findings to faculty and peers. Funded projects will provide student stipend.

2023 Program Dates: May 15-Aug. 4

Program Activities

vet student giving poster presentation

Seminars and workshops

Topics include:

    • Conducting ethical and responsible research
    • Scientific dialogue and communication
    • Effective grantsmanship and the development of hypothesis-driven research
    • Clinical trials and clinical research design
    • Preparing and presenting scientific data as an oral talk or poster
    • Research careers in the veterinary sciences
    • Rodent handling

Field trips

Destinations include Rocky Mountain National Park, the Colorado Division of Wildlife, and Soapstone Prairie to participate in tours and learn about research conducted on site. Social activities like hiking and bike rides are paired with these activities.

Science Slam

Veterinary Summer Scholars Program Science Slam takes place the week preceding the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium and offers students a chance to showcase their research to their peers, mentors, and lab-mates via short oral presentations.

National Symposium

The National Veterinary Scholars Symposium will be held Aug. 3-6, 2023 in San Juan, bringing together veterinary students from most of the veterinary programs in the United States and Canada. Students present their research in the form of a poster and learn about current research topics in veterinary science. All students are requested to attend. Travel costs (registration, airfare, lodging, and meals) will be provided by mentor laboratories.


Interested first- and second-year veterinary students from any accredited veterinary college in North America are encouraged to apply. Students must have completed at least one year of the veterinary curriculum by May of the program year and be in good academic standing.

The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion among students, staff, and faculty, so that the college is a welcoming and supportive place for all. Individuals from underrepresented backgrounds in science are highly encouraged to apply for the Veterinary Summer Scholars Program.

Find a Mentor

Students are encouraged to begin seeking out mentors to outline potential research projects one to two months in advance of the application deadline. Mentors will need to provide a letter of support for students outlining the potential research project and commit to supporting any research expenses (materials, supplies, services, and equipment) associated with the project, and provide funding to attend the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium at the end of the program.


Student stipends are funded through grants awarded to CSU from multiple sources, including Boehringer-Ingelheim, the National Institutes of Health, and the United States Department of Agriculture. Some funding sources only support specific project types, so students looking to secure funding from one of these grants should align their application materials with a project focus specified by the funding source.

  • Boehringer-Ingelheim: Projects can cover any topic. Stipends are $6,588 for 12-week projects.
  • National Institutes of Health: Projects should be focused on molecular, mechanistic, applied, and translational biomedical research. Stipends are $6,588 for 3-month projects.
  • USDA Fellowships: Projects should be focused on livestock reproduction, health, or disease research. Stipends are $6,588 for 12-week projects.

If students are not awarded funding through these program sources, but mentors can secure funding to support their positions, they are welcome to participate in the summer program.

Students must certify that they understand this is a full-time commitment (40 hours/week) over the summer and that they can devote the required time if they accept an offer. Students must agree to not hold any other employment positions that require more than a few hours per month over the summer.