T35 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, Utah State 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

Individual Research Projects

Comment from previous participant

The most desirable aspects of a career in research for a veterinarian based on my experience are the freedom to both direct your own research and ask the big questions or to work collaboratively on a number of different types of projects. It is also very appealing that you can work with a wide variety of species and address big questions that may benefit many species including humans.

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

  • o    Experimental Design                                              o    Responsible Conduct of Science
  • o    Experimental Pathology                                       o    How to Apply to Graduate School
  • o    Research Funding for Veterinarians                 o    How to Write a Scientific Abstract
  • o    Mouse Handling                                                        o    How to Prepare and Present a Scientific Poster
  • o   Rat Handling

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

Comment from previous participant

I thought I had a pretty good idea of the diversity of what can be done with a DVM degree. I thought that I might not want/need a PhD. Interacting with an inspiring group of professional veterinary research scientists all summer illustrated that there are even a thousand more ways in which to use a DVM degree than I had thought. And I am pretty convinced I want to go get a PhD - in what exactly and where, I am not sure. But I have a craving for research and I think that will serve me well throughout my entire career.

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 presentations

Comment from previous participant

I don't think that there was one BEST experience, but the final presentation was great. It made me realize just how much I had learned in such a small amount of time.

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.  Students also attend the Merial-NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium and present a poster on their research results


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 $1,000/month).
Stipend: $5,844/summer.

Send questions and application 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)


At least nine veterinary students will be admitted for the Summer of 2018. 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 by e-mail to the Program Director (listed below) no later than February 28, 2018.

  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?

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 Comparative Medicine

Department of Dermatology

  Paul Khavari, MD, PhD

Department of Genetics

Department of Molecular & Cellular Physiology

Department of Medicine

Research Mentors - continued

Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences

Katrin Andreasson, MD

Marion S. Buckwalter, MD, PhD

Department of Neurosurgery

Lu Chen, PhD

Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Stuart Goodman, MD, PhD

Department of Pediatrics

Marlene Rabinovitch, MD

Kathleen Sakamoto, MD, PhD

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Karen Parker, PhD

Department of Radiation Oncology

Amato Giaccia, PhD

Edward Graves, PhD