Veterinary Summer Scholars Program

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

Application for 2021 Program is Closed

The application for the 2022 program will open Fall 2021.

Under the guidance of a College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences faculty mentor, complete a ten- to twelve-week research project during the summer term. Veterinary students get experience working on independent research projects in biomedical and clinical sciences. The program culminates in a research symposium, where students present their research findings to faculty and peers.

Interested first- and second-year veterinary students from any accredited veterinary college in the United States or Canada are encouraged to apply.

2021 Program Dates: May 24-August 13

Application Deadline: February 8, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

2021 Application

Program Details

Finding 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.

Search for a Mentor

Program Sponsors


Up to 8 slots per year

Funds from BI are applied for annually by the college dean’s office via a short application and report of accomplishments. Projects can cover any topic (basic or clinical research).

National Institutes of Health

8 slots on CSU campus, 2 slots on UAF-Fairbanks campus

Funding from NIH comes from an NIH T35 (short-term) training grant awarded to Dr. Sue VandeWoude. Funding covers stipend plus travel costs to the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium. Projects are focused on molecular, mechanistic, applied and translational biomedical research.

USDA-NIFA Animal Health and Disease Fellows

6-8 slots per year

The college receives Animal Health and Disease Capacity funds through an annual application to USDA-NIFA. Funds are distributed to eligible schools via a pre-set formula. Funds are used to support faculty pilot research projects and the veterinary summer scholars program. Projects are focused on animal health and disease research involving livestock, poultry, equine, and aquaculture species.

Morris Animal Foundation

1 slot per year

The Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Fellow is typically the most qualified applicant in the general application pool with a project focused on the health and well-being of dogs, cats, horses or wildlife. The college dean’s office assists the mentor and student in preparing a full MAF application following selection, which is typically awarded 1 month prior to the program start.

Petsmart Charities

1 slot per year

The Petsmart Charities Veterinary Fellow is selected by the director of the Companion Animal Health Program from the general application pool. Funding is provided for stipend plus travel costs to the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium. Projects are focused on companion animal health.

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Theresa Rulon

Research Administrative Assistant