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Rainier Scholars Program

Four Year Program

Years 1 or 2 Participate in a 12 week Summer Research Program*
Years 1 or 2 Graduate Business Minor Program in Health Sciences* (Summer Semester)
Years 1-3

Complete select online electives in:

  • Drug Development, Regulatory Affairs, and Commercialization/Translational Training*
  • Plan and participate in Seminar Series on Careers in Industrial Veterinary Medicine (annual)*
Year 4 Industry or translation focused externship (up to six weeks)
Graduation with Rainier Scholar distinction

*resource support available

Requirements and Application Materials

  • 1st year  veterinary student in good standing with the college
  • minimum 3.3 GPA eligibility requirement
  • Essay on intent, highlighting how this experience aligns with and will help achieve career goals (500 word limit)
  • Current Advising Report - can be found on Buckeyelink
  • Resume or CV (curriculum vitae)

Next Deadline - December 20, 2021
Send all material as a single pdf file to Michele Morscher:






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Class of 2020, 2021 and 2022
Front: Dr. Patrick Green (Rainier Chair), Becca Makii (2021)
Middle: Leah Giralico (2021), Lindsey Courtney (2021)
Back: Michael McKinney (2020), Eline Nijveldt (2020), Amahdi Tracey (2020)
Insert: Connor Cashman (2022)

Program Leader

Patrick Green, Robert Rainier Chair in Industrial Veterinary Medicine and Research

Program External Advisory Board

James Blacka, DVM, Director of Professional Services Veterinarians, North America for IDEXX Laboratories

Daniel S. Marsman, DVM, PhD, Head, Global Product Stewardship, Procter & Gamble Health Care; Head P&G Office of Animal Welfare

Tracey Papenfuss, DVM, PhD, Principal Pathologist and Scientific Advisor, Immunotoxicology, MPI Research-Charles River Laboratories

Program Internal Advisory Board

Amanda Fark, Director, Office of Career Management

Emma Read, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Prosper Boyaka, Interim Chair, Biosciences

Michael Oglesbee, Director, Summer Research Program

Jean Schelhorn, Director of Commericalization and Industry Collaborations

Richard Bednarski, Chair, Clinical Sciences

Thomas Wittum, Chair, Preventive Medicine