Comparative Medicine

Summer Fellowships


This program seeks to help veterinary students become biomedical researchers. Previous participants included veterinary students from Colorado State University, Cornell University, France, Iowa State University, Kansas State University, Michigan State University, North Carolina State University, Ohio State University, Oklahoma State University, Oregon State University, Purdue University, Tufts University, Tuskegee University, University of California, University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, University of Tennessee, University of Wisconsin, Virginia-Maryland College, Washington State University, and Western University. The Program consists of workshops on research-related topics, a veterinary student journal club, sessions on research career development for veterinarians, an individual research project, and a veterinary student research symposium.

Click here for a list of past participants


Who can apply: 1st through 3rd year veterinary students
Dates: Dates are flexible (Any 10 - 12 week period during the months of May through September).
Housing: available on-campus (cost approximately $2,500/summer).
Stipend: $5,844/summer.

Individual research project

The research project is the most important part of the Program. The goals of the research project are to have students address a significant experimental question, work independently and with other researchers, and produce and publish results. The Program matches students with a mentor (see list of faculty) according to research interests. The mentor outlines a focused project for the student to perform in their laboratory. Students become completely involved in their assigned laboratory – participating in laboratory meetings and social events, attending seminars with other members of their laboratory, and working on their research project at least 40 hours/week.

Workshops on research-related topics

Veterinary student journal club

Students select and present in journal club format a research article of their choice to their fellow students.

Career development sessions

Through a series of weekly lunches, veterinarians in the Department of Comparative Medicine (see list of faculty) meet with students and share their own career development experiences, answer questions, and discuss research career opportunities for veterinarians. Faculty of the Department of Comparative Medicine have a broad range of training experiences in widely differing institutions, and address a range of options for students with various interests and goals.

Veterinary Research Presentation

At the end of the summer, students present their findings at an event attended by their fellow students, participating faculty, and members of the Department of Comparative Medicine.

Program Faculty

Instructors - lead career development sessions

Department of Comparative Medicine

* Board certified in a specialty of veterinary medicine

Research Mentors - supervise student research projects

Department of Anesthesia

Department of Comparative Medicine

Department of Dermatology

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences

Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Department of Pediatrics

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Radiation Oncology

Department of Surgery


Ten veterinary students will be admitted for the Summer of 2016. First- through third-year students of a U.S. accredited School of Veterinary Medicine may apply. Because this is funded by the National Institutes of Health, trainees must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or have been lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence. Send the following information (e-mail preferred) to the Program Director (listed below) no later than February 28, 2016.

  1. Name, address, phone number, e-mail, School, Class (first-, second-, or third-year), Undergraduate institution, major, and grade point average, Veterinary school grade point average.
  2. Contact information (name, address, phone number, e-mail) for 3 references who can assess your academic and research potential.
  3. Describe your previous research experience, if any.
  4. Describe your career goals.
  5. Explain why you would like to participate in this Program.
  6. Describe your research interests. Are there any particular faculty members with whom you would prefer to work?

Send questions and applications to:

Paul Buckmaster, DVM, PhD
Program Director
Stanford University School of Medicine
Department of Comparative Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive, R321 Edwards Building
Stanford, California 94305-5342

(650) 498-4774
(650) 498-5085 (fax)

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