Learning Opportunities
Summer Research Fellowship
An engaging summer opportunity to introduce veterinary students to biomedical research

Veterinary Student Summer Research Fellowship Program

Application deadline for the 2024 program is February 2

Application information available on the internal web

2024 program dates are May 16-August 15

I a lab, from left are Maya Boyle, Kate Bouchard, Ammasie Allred, Hannah Thom, and Georgia Jellen.
2023 summer research fellows

The Veterinary Student Summer Research Fellowship is a 10- to 12-week summer program designed to introduce first- and second-year veterinary students to biomedical research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. 

Students gain practical research skills helping to conduct research in faculty labs and attending weekly seminars and workshops. The program concludes with a research symposium where students present their findings.

Program details

Seminars, workshops, and journal club


  • Responsible conduct of research
  • Experimental design
  • Scientific writing
  • Data analysis

Bi-weekly group meeting

  • An open format about conducting research in veterinary and biomedical sciences

National Symposium

College Research Symposium

  • Students present their research at the college’s annual fall semester Research Symposium. All summer fellows are requested to attend and present.


Open to first- or second-year veterinary students in good academic standing. Veterinary students who possess an MS or PhD degree or who are currently enrolled in a graduate program are not eligible.

Find a mentor

Mentors may be selected from any department or school in the college. Students are encouraged to speak with faculty mentors to learn about their research and determine the level of interest from a prospective mentor. 


Student stipends are funded through the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine and Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program.

  • Students will be awarded $6,000 for a full 12-week period of work, which includes an $800 stipend supplement from a mentor faculty member.
  • Awards are contingent upon stipend supplement from a faculty member who agrees to serve as a mentor and provide material support for the student’s application. 
  • Successful applicants are expected to work full-time on their approved research project during the summer months.

Questions? Contact Dr. Jon Oatley, associate dean for research.

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