T35 Summer Research Fellowship


This program seeks to help veterinary students become biomedical researchers.  The program consists of:

  • Individual research project
  • Workshops on research-related topics
  • Veterinary student journal club
  • Research career development for veterinarians
  • Student presentations on campus, and at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium

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 - Davis

  • University of Illinois
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Virginia-Maryland College
  • Washington State University
  • Western University

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 Projects

  • 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.

Program Faculty

Instructors - lead career development sessions

Department of Comparative Medicine

Research Mentors - supervise student research projects

Department of Comparative Medicine

Department of Dermatology

Department of Genetics

Department of Medicine



Research Mentors - continued

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Department of Molecular & Cellular Physiology

Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences


Department of Neurosurgery

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Department of Pediatrics

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Radiation Oncology