Veterinary Student Summer Research Fellowship

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Veterinary Student Summer Research Fellowship Program

The college is soliciting applications for the Veterinary Student Summer Research Fellowship Program.

The program provides a 10-12 week mentored summer research project experience for first or second year veterinary students. Students carry out hypothesis-driven research with world-class faculty mentors. Our primary goals are to: 1.) Recruit veterinary students of exceptional aptitude who are oriented toward a career of basic or applied research, 2.) Provide training in the philosophy and methodology of science, including hands-on research experience from the level of problem identification through publication of results, and 3.) Maintain a high level of motivation to pursue advanced training and become productive research scientists.


  • Deadline February 7, 2022
  • Applicants must be 1st or 2nd year veterinary students who are not currently enrolled in a research-based graduate degree program.
  • Applicants must not be on academic probation.
  • If you have questions regarding eligibility please send them to the Associate Dean of Research, Dr. Jon Oatley,

Stipulations upon award:

  • The work period will be mid May through mid August. This provides two weeks of vacation, one at the end of the spring semester and the second just prior to the beginning of fall semester.
  • Successful applicants are expected to work full-time on their approved research project during the summer months.
  • Applicants who wish to enroll in additional summer coursework or engage in additional summer employment must gain approval from their mentor and the Associate Dean for Research (Dr. Jon Oatley -
  • Students who receive summer research fellowships must present a poster describing their project and its results at the College of Veterinary Medicine Student Research Symposium during the following fall semester (usually at the end of October).
  • Each fellowship recipient will be required to sign a letter that stipulates the above requirements and that failure to meet these requirements will result in stipend funds being withheld and/or repaid to the college.

Proposal review:

Applications will be judged competitively by the colleges research committee. Details regarding the proposal format and content, required applicant and mentor letters and criteria used to judge the application are given in detail below.


Resources for the WSU Veterinary Research Fellowship Program are provided by the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine and the Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program. Funding provided
by the Boehringer Ingelheim program supports summer research for DVM students at a number
of universities, and students are encouraged to apply to other programs to broaden their research experiences. The participating universities are all eligible to send students to the Boehringer Ingelheim NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium in August each year.

Awards are contingent upon an $800 stipend supplement from a faculty member who agrees to serve as a mentor and provide material support for the student’s application. Specifically, the Summer Research Fellowship Program will provide a total award of $6,000 for a full 12 week period of work. This amount includes the supplement provided by the faculty mentor. We expect to make 10-15 fellowship awards each year.



Selecting a mentor:

All college faculty are eligible to sponsor students as advisors for projects that receive funds. When selecting a mentor you should speak with them to learn about their research and to request reprints and related materials to help identify labs with which you share interests. Determine the level of interest from the prospective mentor. It is appropriate to determine if the potential mentor has sufficient resources to support your efforts even if you do not receive a fellowship. This is important, because in some years the number of worthy applications exceeds the number of available summer fellowship funds. To learn more about faculty research interests, please see the following links:

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