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Program Information


The College of Veterinary Medicine is an important component of the most comprehensive health sciences center in America.  The training faculty members are uniquely qualified to conduct the program and combine disciplines of molecular biology, immunology, nutrition, epidemiology, oncology, laboratory animal medicine, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, and physiology in cross disciplinary research teams within each academic unit.  The breadth of the faculty's expertise offers exceptional opportunities for research, interdisciplinary teaching in the veterinary, medical and state-of-the-art clinical laboratory services.  The program facilities contain outstanding research and core support laboratory infrastructure and are conveniently located in and around a central campus containing the College of Public Health and the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine, Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Allied Medicine and at nearby Childrens Hospital Research Institute.  Each preceptor in the training program has an established record of quality research and commitment to provide training in proper conduct in research including appropriate use of animals in research, bioethics training, and biostatistics.

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Veterinary Student Training Overview

Selected veterinary students, who have completed at least their first two semesters of the veterinary school curriculum (minimum cummulative GPA 3.30), will be recruited to particpate in defined short term research training projects through a targeted process.  Trainees will gain knowledge and skills to fully understand and evaluate a variety of models of animal and human disease through seminars, field trips and applied training in funded laboratories.  In addition, trainees will interact with our multidisciplinary faculty to identify the range of research problems related to public health and comparative medicine.  They will acquaint themselves with the ongoing basic and clinical research studies in the laboratories and clinical sites of the participating faculty, and select a research problem.  Following the selection of a preceptor and research problem, the trainee will particpate in the design and performance of experiments, as well as analysis and presentation of data regarding the research project.  The students will perform short term (3 months = 12 weeks) research projects (over the summer quarter) and training in proper conduct of research prior to completion of their clinical training for the DVM degree.  Therefore, trainees will acquire a broad background in molecular biology, genetics, pathology, laboratory animal medicine, as well as research design methodology, to provide trainees with the skills needed to fulfull national needs veterinary scientists with state-of-the-art research training.  Students will be eligible and supported by the University to attend the Merial NIH Veterinary Scholars Research Symposium, the College's Annual Research Symposium, and are encouraged to attend National Scientific Meetings to present their research.  In addition, training in scientific writing and presentation will provide students with skills to publish their research findings in suitable scientific journals.

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Compliance Training

All students participating in the program will complete the training required by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) for the University.  The training and registering can all be done on-line.  Those requirements are:

  1. Online registration with the Occupational Health Program
  2. Online or classroom Animal Usage Orientation Course
  3. Online Occupational Health and Safety training
  4. Online listing on animal use protocols
  5. Conflict of Interest
  6. Responsible Conduct of Research Training

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Workshops and Field Trips

Selected workshops and field trips will complement the student's research program.  The goal is to provide selected workshops necessary for the student to perform research, but not detract from the research experience in the short term training period.  Field trips combined with a luncheon for student trainees will allow informal interactions among trainees, interdisciplinary approaches, and exposure to the new technology within and beyond the veterinary campus.  Examples of field trips provided by the College-funded summer research program include visits to the College of Veterinary Medicine Flow Cytometry Facility, Confocal Imaging Laboratory, OSU Super Computer Center, the Wright Center for Innovation containing both 3.5T and 7T MRI instrumentation, the OSU Wetland Research Park, The Wilds, Wright Patterson Airforce Base and COSI.

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Brown Bag Seminars will be organized within the College each week.  In addition, the OSU biomedical complex has ongoing seminar series in a variety of disciplines related to Immunology, Microbiology, Imaging, Internal Medicine, Transgenic mice, Cancer Genetics, etc.  The University provides an email service that delivers daily notices of topic specific seminars to the email addresses of all faculty mentors and trainees.  Trainees interested in pathology may attend the weekly seminar in histopathology with veterinary pathology residents and graduate students.  Additional seminars include responsible conduct of research (ethics in research), effective scientific writing and presentations. 

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Training Program Retreat

At the end of the summer quarter, trainees and participating faculty will meet for a one day retreat.  All trainees will present work completed or in progress in their laboratories, by oral five minute power point presentations.  External speakers will be invited to make research or workshop presentations in experimental methodology.  Ample time will be allowed for informal discussion.  The aim of this retreat is three-fold:  first, to expose all trainees to state-of-the-art research in areas relevant to the Training Program; second, to provide an atmosphere of cohesiveness and camaraderie among the trainees and faculty; and third, to provide trainees with exposure to the full breadth of research opportunities available under the auspices of the Training Program.

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Scholar Selection

Trainees will be required to be in good standing with a minimal cumulative grade point-hour ratio (GPHR) of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.  Submitted applications will be reviewed, scored and ranked by the College's Council for Research, a faculty panel representing each of the three departments.

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External Recruitment

There are up to 2 positions available to external (non-Ohio State) veterinary students in the program thru Merial funding.  External applicants should contact Dr. Oglesbee or Ms. Morscher with their intention to apply to the program so that any help needed can be provided.  External applicants should follow the same guidelines as internal applicants.

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Mentor Information

Mentor's Responsibilities

The trainee's advisor will help organize the student's program.  The program is oriented toward a close working relationship between the student and advisor.  The advisor is responsible for the overall coordination of the student's research, advising the student in the conduct of scientific research, evaluating and promoting effective writing, and monitoring the progress of the student.  The advisor will share with the student the responsibility of planning and directing the summer research program.  Mentors are limited to two students to be funded by this program.

Mentor List: Following are links to the faculty profiles within the college.  The first is a list of faculty who have answered a survey on mentoring a student for the summer research program.  The other link takes you to all the faculty of the college. Take the time to review their areas of interest, and then arrange to meet to see who you will feel compatible working with on a project over the summer. Please keep in mind that potential mentors are not just limited to those who have responded to the survey.  This is a tool to help you see the different areas research can be done.

Faculty Profiles

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