Summer Research Fellowship

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2020 CVM Student Summer Research Fellowship Program


Your application must include the following:

  1. Cover page —“APPLICATION FOR CVM VETERINARY STUDENT SUMMER RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP” must be clearly indicated at the top of the page. The title page should also prominently display the project title, the name and class year of the student applicant, and the name of the faculty mentor.
  2. Description of the project —Up to five typed pages (1 inch margins with a 12 pt font, 1.5 to 2 line spacing and page numbers). Remember that clarity and logic are important criteria used for evaluating the proposals (see below). The bibliography (literature cited) is not included in the five page limit. The text must be prepared by the student with assistance from the faculty mentor. The student’s role on the project must be explicitly defined including which experiments the student will complete. If the proposed work is part of a larger ongoing project it must be clearly stated exactly what the student will be doing over the summer and what they plan to present at the fall research symposium.
    1. The following sections must be included:
    2. Summary (~250 words)
      Briefly summarize the research problem being investigated, the significance of the problem, the hypothesis to be tested, the specific objectives that will test the hypothesis, the approach to be used, and the expected outcome. (It is recommended that this section should be written last to ensure it is consistent with the rest of the application and to avoid excessive rewrites.)
    3. Background (one page)
      Describe the research problem being investigated with enough background information (including literature references) such that a person unfamiliar with the field can understand the importance and rationale for the work being proposed. Identify the specific gaps in knowledge that need to be understood in order for the field to advance.
    4. Significance (one-half page)
      Provide justification for the importance of the problem being investigated for animal and/or human health.
    5. Hypothesis (one sentence)
      State the specific hypothesis that will be tested by the proposed work.
    6. Specific Objective/s (one sentence per objective)
      List the specific objective/s of the proposed work that will test the hypothesis under consideration.
    7. Approach (two pages)
      Briefly describe the proposed studies including the rationale for the study (how does each experiment address the specific hypothesis), the experimental methods that will be used, and how the data will be analyzed. As needed, include justification for the sample size, describe the statistical methods used to compare groups, and the criteria that will be used to confirm that the hypothesis is confirmed or rejected. Also include an assessment of the potential problems that might be encountered and any strategies that could be used to overcome those problems. Provide a timeline to establish feasibility for completion of the proposed work within the summer time frame.
    8. Outcome (one-half page)
      Briefly state what results you are expecting to find, and speculate on what would be done next if the hypothesis is confirmed OR if the hypothesis is rejected.
    9. References (no limit; less than one page recommended)
      Provide sufficient references to support statements made in the application and enable reviewers to understand the problem being addressed.
  3. Letter from the student applicant — One-page letter signed by the applicant describing the importance of the proposed mentored research experience to their future career development (also with a 1-inch margin, 12 pt font and 1.5 to 2-line spacing).
  4. Letter from the faculty mentor — One page letter signed by the faculty mentor (also with a 1 inch margin, 12 pt font and 1.5 to 2 line spacing) providing the following information:
    1. Brief description of the role of the student in the proposed work, including the design of the project, the writing of the proposal, the conduct of the study, analysis of the results, and writing of any resultant publication (if applicable).
    2. A statement verifying that the student is not currently on academic probation.
    3. Indicate the source and sufficiency of funds for the proposed research (exclusive of stipend funds). Stipends will not be awarded if the funds needed for the research itself are not already in place at the time of application.
    4. The mentor must also guarantee that the required matching stipend funds ($800) are available from a grant or departmental sources.
    5. If funding is from departmental sources, the mentor’s letter must be co-signed by the department chair.
    6. If the study involves use of live animals, the mentor should indicate the status of IACUC approval.

Proposal evaluation

The following criteria will be considered when evaluating the proposals:

  1. Scientific merit of the proposal. Includes evaluation of the study rationale, hypothesis, derived specific objectives, justification of the significance of the work, approach, data analysis, the expected outcomes, and their interpretation.
  2. Grantsmanship. Includes evaluation of the overall clarity, logic, and feasibility of the proposal.
  3. Candidate. Includes evaluation of the student’s participation, commitment, and benefit to future career.
  4. Mentor. Includes evaluation of the mentor’s commitment and environment.

A collated electronic PDF copy of your complete application, which includes applicant and mentor letters, must be emailed to: Dr. Katrina Mealey ( by 5pm on Friday, February 7, 2020.

You will receive notification of the disposition of your application by Friday, March 13, 2020.

Please direct questions concerning the appropriateness of your research topic to the Associate Dean for Research (Dr. Katrina Mealey -



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