Veterinary Scholar Summer Research Program

2014 Program dates: May 12 - August 13, 2014

The OSU College of Veterinary Medicine, Office of Research and Graduate Studies is proud to announce the availability of summer stipend awards for veterinary students seeking research training. The awards will provide summer stipends for students working under OSU College faculty members on approved research projects. The stipends will be awarded on a competitive basis and will pay stipends ($4,000-$5,300 depending on source of funding) for the summer quarter.

Goal

The primary goal of this program is to assist in the development of knowledge and skills of professional veterinary students in comparative and veterinary medicine related research problems. This training program provides mentorship and infrastructure for veterinary students to attain specific technical and conceptual skills to perform hypothesis-based research involving faculty supervised projects at The Ohio State University or with associated collaborative institutions.

Summer Global Health Research Opportunities

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies in partnership with the Global Health Program of CVM is launching programmatic global summer research opportunities in targeted areas. Every year up to five (depending on funding) students are supported for international research to work on projects in various continents. With the establishment of the Office of Global Health Programs, this opportunity is further strengthened with a purpose of facilitating students interest and matching them with specific mentors, areas of investigation and geographic locations. The office will also facilitate pairing with our health sciences students such as CPH and COM, to maximize knowledge gained through this experience. CVM established several institutional partnerships in Latin America, Asia-Pacific and sub-Saharan Africa. Numerous opportunities for research are currently available, particularly in infectious diseases, environmental conservation, wildlife medicine and others. If this is something that interests you, please contact gebreyes [dot] 1 [at] osu [dot] edu (Dr. Wondwossen Gebreyes) for more information.

Research Environments and Finding Mentors

The research environments available for veterinary students include a diverse array of opportunities. The College of Veterinary Medicine is an important component of one of the most comprehensive health sciences centers in America and is central to creating a healthier world. Faculty mentors are involved in research to improve the health of animals, the safety and quality of food animal products, wildlife and conservation (see below for list of funded opportunities), and the understanding of basic mechanisms of disease. Our interdisciplinary research programs bring together talented investigators from across the University, nationally and internationally, to share knowledge, skills and ideas in collaborative research projects, technology development, and commercialization. To find a mentor, visit the hyperlinks above to explore the faculty profiles in specific interest areas or click on the following for the complete list of faculty in the college.

Suggested Steps to Find a Research Mentor

  1. What are your interests? Pick an area that you would like to explore - something that you want to learn more of and that you will enjoy. Think about what you would like to investigate - whether it be something that might have been touched on in class, or something you will be studying in the future.
  2. If you do not know, then surf around the departments of the college and see what grabs your attention.
  3. If you already know what area you would like to pursue a project in, your next step is to find the mentor to sponsor you.
  4. Set up a time to meet with several faculty mentors to see who you would feel comfortable working on a project. It needs to be a mutual working relationship in order to get the most out of the experience. If you cannot find a mentor from the lists provided or have contacted them with no response (email and calling), then contact our office and we can help you make contact.
  5. Funding - when you meet with the mentors - ask what they think about the different types of stipend funding available. Do they think it is a good idea to try for Merial or Morris funding? Sometimes your area of interest will determine the funding source.
  6. Look at the application and see what is required of the student and mentor. Communicate the requirements to your mentor and observe deadlines! Get your materials in by the specified deadlines (these may vary according to the funding - see below).

Funding Sponsors

Funding for this program comes in a variety of forms - grants, industry, endowments, gifts, departments. Below is a listing of the sponsors who have participated in the past.

Industrial:

  • Merial - There will be 4 positions to be funded by the Merial Program. To be considered for one of these slots, you must complete the application and submit it by the February 10, 2014 deadline. The application package can be found below. More information on the National Merial Veterinary Scholars Program can be found at Merial. Non-Ohio State applicants should contact morscher [dot] 1 [at] osu [dot] edu (Michele Morscher) with their intention to apply to the program. Please scroll down this page and complete the Summer Research Program Application.

  • P&G/Iams Wildlife & Conservation Scholars: (2 positions - Position w/Dr. Swanson has been filled, but Dr. Stoops is looking for a student) Prospective student interns would work with Drs. bill [dot] swanson [at] cincinnatizoo [dot] org (Bill Swanson) and monica [dot] stoops [at] cincinnatizoo [dot] org (Monica Stoops) on a research project focusing in the areas of reproductive biology, endocrinology and nutrition. This internship would take place at the Cincinnati Zoo and the Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW). CREW is dedicated to saving endangered plants and animals from extinction. Dr. Swanson is the Director of Animal Research at CREW and one of the world's leading experts on small cats, ranging from the ocelot in Brazil to the Pallas' cats in Mongolia. Dr. Stoops is a staff Reproductive Physiologist at CREW and is spearheading the Indian rhino research and conservation project. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Swanson and/or Dr. Stoops directly by clicking on their names above.
  • COBA Select Sires - stipend support for veterinary students intereseted in dairy cattle research

Foundations:

  • Morris Animal Foundation: The Morris Animal Foundation also sponsors a summer research program. ONE application from each school may be submitted for consideration. To be considered for the one MAF Scholar slot, you will need to complete the appropriate application and submit it to the College's Office of Research & Graduate Studies for initial review by February 10, 2014. If your application is chosen, you will then work with Michele Morscher to finalize its completion to be submitted to MAF by their formal deadline of early April 2014. MAF VSSP

Government Programs

  • NIH T35 Training Grant: (10 positions): The purpose of this training grant is to provide short term research experiences for professional veterinary medical students, allowing them to acquire specific technical and conceptual skills to perform hypothesis based research involving biochemical/molecular, tissue culture, and/or animal models of disease.
  • Wright Patterson Airforce Base: The Tec^Edge Discovery Lab is an innovation environment in which AFRL funds technical projects requiring elbow-to-elbow collaboration of government, industry, and university researchers tackling some of the nation's most urgent defense and security challenges. As a result, the student, if selected, will have an opportunity to see research relevant to homeland security from the perspective of government, industry, and academia.

Alumni/Endowments/Gifts:

  • Dr. William Busey Fellow - stipend support for veterinary students interested in research involving pathology
  • Dr. Michael Rohovsky Fellow - stipend support for veterinary students interested in research
  • Dr. D. Gene Miller Fellow - projects studying research in food animal diseases
  • Bernice Grimm Fellow - Income to provide stipends for veterinary students interested in research careers to benefit the health and welfare of animals. Students must be enrolled in a summer research project at the College.
  • Muffin Sniadoski Fellow - income provides funds for veterinary students in summer research projects studying congestive heart failure and/or kidney failure in canines
  • Dr. Boyd and Anne Epperson Fellow - projects studying research in food animal medicine and diseases
  • Carl W. & Mary Alice Groppe Fellow - projects studying research of cures for large animal diseases
  • Paladin Fellow - projects studying research in diseases, defects, injuries and treatment of Maltese dogs and other toy breeds
  • Cliff M. Monahan Summer Research Fellow - to provide stipends for veterinary students in summer research projects studying wildlife and exotic animal species health and conservation at The Wilds, Columbus Zoo or Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The Wilds is one of the largest and most innovative wildlife conservation centers in the world. It is located on nearly 10,000 acres in southeast Ohio and home to rare and endangered species from around the world living in natural, open-range habitat, as well as home to hundreds of indigenous species. barbara [dot] wolfe [at] columbuszoo [dot] org (Dr. Barbara Wolfe) is an associate professor-clinical in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. She works both with The Wilds and Columbus Zoo. The Columbus Zoo: Their Conservation and Collection Management Committee aims to have a direct effect on wildlife conservation through awarding grants which promote sound and sustainable practices that integrate conservation research, capacity-building, education and community involvement around the globe. The committee also provides oversight and direction to the Zoo regarding on-site scientific studies, living collection management and animal health programs. michael [dot] barrie [at] columbuszoo [dot] org (Dr. Michael Barrie) is the Director of Animal Health at the Columbus Zoo. The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has a partnership with our Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and formed the Epi-Zoo Program. pmd [at] clevelandmetroparks [dot] com (Dr. Pam Dennis), clinical assistant professor in VPM, was hired to lead research that will investigate the relationships between animal management, disease, and the environment.

More information on the summer research program can be found below.

Application and Selection Process

Program Eligibility

Veterinary students that have completed at least two semesters (one academic year) of the veterinary professional curriculum by June of each year are eligible. Trainees are expected to have acquired a minimal cumulative grade point-hour ratio (CPHR) of 3.30 in veterinary school. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of faculty representing all departments in the College. Each application will be evaluated and given a score.

Summer Research Program Application

Materials required for the application

  • Completed Application form by student and mentor - Application Form can be found on the side bar under Important 2014 Deadlines and Documents
  • Letter of Support from the mentor
  • Ohio State Students: Current Advising Report - can be found on Buckeye link (If you are a NON-Ohio State Student - then an Official Transcript is required)
  • Resume or CV (curriculum vitae)

Deadlines

All materials should be sent as electronic (email) attachments (doc files or PDFs) to Michele Morscher (morscher [dot] 1 [at] osu [dot] edu) by 5:00 pm February 10th to be considered for this program. The original signed hardcopy should also be submitted to Michele Morscher, 127L VMAB, 1900 Coffey Road, Columbus, OH 43210.

For Further Information or Questions, Contact

Michael Oglesbee , DVM, PhD
Program Director, Summer Research Program
Chair, Department of Veterinary Biosciences
(614) 292-4489
oglesbee [dot] 1 [at] osu [dot] edu


Michele Morscher
Assistant Program Director, Summer Research Program
Office of Research & Graduate Studies
(614) 292-9203
morscher [dot] 1 [at] osu [dot] edu