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VMCVM is pleased to offer the Summer Veterinary Student Research Program (SVSRP), a biomedical research training opportunity for veterinary students. The SVSRP is sponsored by the following entities:

Students applying to the SVSRP must commit to a continuous 11-week summer program without interruption.

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The application deadline for the SVSRP is Monday, Feb. 5, 2024.


  • DVM students in a DVM program at an accredited veterinary medical college will be considered for these scholarships.
  • VMCVM student applicants must be first- or third-year students, when summers are available. Student applicants from other AVMA-accredited colleges must be first- or second-year students or when summers are available in their programs. We will also consider applicants from the Boehringer-Ingelheim-sponsored Europe Veterinary Scholars program from approved European veterinary schools.


The application form (PDF) requests the following personal information:

  • Name and contact information
  • Citizenship and other eligibility questions
  • Career plans and goals
  • Education
  • Research experience (if any)
  • Ranking of areas of interest
  • Research interests

In addition, applicants must submit a CV and two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from a faculty member at the applicant's veterinary medical college. The other recommendation letter can be from a faculty in the B.S. program who is familiar with the student’s research passion or project.

Selection criteria

Students are selected by the Advisory and Selection Committee already created for the SVSRP, which includes NIH T35-funded, BIVS-funded, and VMCVM-funded students, based on the likelihood that the student will pursue a career in research. Selection criteria include previous research experience, academic excellence, and references from veterinary medical college faculty. . Please note that prior research experience is not required to participate in the program. Passion for research and compelling reasons to learn research will be valued.

The committee will make every effort to match the research interests of applicants to those of the mentors.


For additional information about the program or assistance with the application process, please contact Dr. S. Ansar Ahmed, director of SVSRP, at ansrahmd@vt.edu.


The objective of the Summer Veterinary Student Research Program (SVSRP) is to expose veterinary students to research and the diverse opportunities for a biomedical research career. Veterinarians with a biomedical research background are in demand, and this career path provides many opportunities in academic, federal, biotech, and pharmaceutical institutions. To achieve the program's objective, four key success factors have been identified:

  • Close interaction of high-quality students who show an interest in research with enthusiastic, competent scientists as mentors
  • Educational activities that support a fundamental learning experience in biomedical research
  • Exposure to veterinarians in federal governmental agencies, academia (medical and veterinary school), and industry who have chosen to pursue a biomedical research career
    * A distinguishing feature of the program is its close proximity to Washington, D.C., and the presence of VA-MD Vet Med's campus in College Park, Maryland. Summer scholars will be provided with an opportunity to visit DVM scientists working in federal agencies, such as the NIH, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
  • Strong follow-up program ensuring research options for program alumni
  • Breakfast seminar with DVM scientists from federal agencies, pharmaceutical and biotech industry, and medical schools


  • SVSRP trainees receive a stipend by direct deposit to their designated bank account. Historically, stipends have been equivalent to the amount specified by the annual NIH Ruth Kirschstein National Service Award standard. 
  • Travel, lodging, and meals for the Washington, D.C., trip and the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium are reimbursed.

Tentative timeline

Date Activity
FEBRUARY 5 Deadline for application (PDF) receipt
EARLY MARCH Mentor and trainee meeting
MAY 22-26 Orientation short courses 
MAY 26 Submit approved summer research project proposal
MAY 29 (to be finalized) Travel to Washington, D.C.
MAY 30 -   JUNE 1 (to be finalized) Veterinary medicine and public health visits in Washington, D.C.
JUNE 2 –    JULY 28 Nine-and-a-half weeks of summer research with one-on-one mentor contact, and eight weeks of Friday breakfast seminars
EARLY AUGUST National Veterinary Scholars Symposium

Week 1: Orientation

The SVSRP includes an initial one-week orientation with short courses in the following subjects:

  • Biostatistics and Experimental Design: Students obtain a basic understanding of the requirements for the design of studies, the planning and implementation of data collection and organization, approaches for data analysis, how to evaluate the output of such analyses, and critical evaluation of published information. Topics covered include the characteristics of distributions, indicators of central tendency and variability, sampling distributions and probability, regression and techniques of hypothesis testing (parametric and non-parametric uni- and multivariable tests of continuous and categorical variables), and specific learning resources outside of the course.
  • Research Management: This course describes the requirements and procedures for successfully managing a research project and developing a research program. Methods of project planning, monitoring, and reporting are discussed. Also, various forms of research organization structure and research development opportunities are illuminated, within a context of career paths and opportunities, including a brief discussion of intellectual property issues.
  • Scientific Writing: This workshop focuses on helping students avoid the most egregious errors of scientific writing. These errors include improperly organizing the information, not emphasizing the key details, not writing clearly, not making smooth transitions between details, and not selecting persuasive illustrations.
  • Common Experimental Techniques and Methods: This time will be used to describe and, if possible, demonstrate experimental techniques and methods. Mentors with expertise in these techniques will be asked to prepare the demonstrations.
  • General Workshops: Workshops are tailored to the skills and knowledge of each individual cadre and include such topics as presentation skills, poster and PowerPoint design, and keeping a laboratory notebook.
  • Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: The first hour of this course covers laws, regulations, and guidelines affecting animal care and use; ethical issues; introduction to replacement, reduction, and refinement (referred to as the 3Rs); and methods used to assess availability of alternatives. The second hour covers husbandry requirements for common laboratory animal species, recognizing and controlling variables, recognizing and minimizing pain and distress, and common laboratory animal technical and surgical procedures. The third hour covers animal model criteria, animal model selection, and common animal models.
  • Ethical Conduct of Research and Policy: Instruction in the responsible conduct of research includes three one-hour classes during orientation. Scientists are now increasingly required to go beyond experimental design and factor in ethical, social, and legal responsibilities as they plan and conduct their programs of animal research. We consider the nature of these responsibilities from two perspectives: scientific community and general public. Overall, the course examines the professional values, policies, and procedures emanating from within the scientific community itself that undergird the responsible conduct of research, which include the following areas: research conduct; peer review; authorship; publication; mentoring; conflict of interest; data ownership; record-keeping; environmental health and safety; and policies and guidelines for responsible conduct of research.

The ethical issues involved in the use of research subjects are not covered in this course. Policies and ethical considerations regarding the use of animal subjects are handled during the orientation in a separate short course. Students are provided materials for self-learning about the use of human subjects, but due to time constraints, human studies are not covered in this short course. This short course and the associated research subject material covered is meant to be an overview. A career in research would require further in-depth treatment of these subjects. SVSRP trainees are expected to attend this short course, and readings and exercises are provided in class that require the students to interact with other students and their mentors who are asked to attend, if possible, as part of their mentoring responsibility.

Week 2: Trip to Washington, D.C.

A four-day visit to Washington, D.C., which is provided through cooperation with the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine, is designed to accomplish the following:

  1. Expose students to a spectrum of research employment opportunities within governmental facilities, industry, and nongovernmental organizations; and
  2. Guide students to develop an understanding of public policy as it relates to and is influenced by biomedical research and public and animal health.

The Washington, D.C., metropolitan area has the highest concentration of veterinarians working in the public and corporate sectors in the world. Students participating in the program have facilitated visits with multiple veterinarians who are engaged in careers in research in a spectrum of government agencies and corporations. The visits provide students with the opportunity to network with these veterinarians. Students may meet with potential future colleagues and employers at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (including the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration), U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Coordinated travel is organized to and from Blacksburg, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Weeks 2–11: Summer research

Trainees spend nine-and-a-half weeks in the laboratory implementing a research plan finalized during orientation under close guidance by their assigned mentor.

Weekly seminar

  • An hourlong seminar is held at 8:30 a.m. each Friday during the summer research period.
  • The theme of each year's seminar series is "DVMs in Biomedical Research." Past lectures have been presented by faculty members and DVMs from Merck Pharmaceuticals, the NIH, and medical schools.

Potential mentors: Research areas and contact information

These faculty were selected as potential mentors because they have active research funding (mostly from NIH), as well as substantial experience in mentoring research trainees at the pre- and post-doctoral level. Detailed information about each potential faculty mentor is available through the links provided below. Applicants who wish to discuss their application and research interests may contact these faculty. Please note that some faculty members may not be available for a particular summer. Prospective students are encouraged to contact potential mentors for their availability and desire to have a student in their laboratory for the summer. Some faculty not listed below (especially from other colleges) may also be considered as mentors contingent upon the agreement with the mission of this program and prior approval of the Program Director, Dr. Ahmed.

Please click on faculty name for more research and academic information.

Infectious Diseases

  • Clayton Caswell, PhD, associate professor of bacteriology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (caswellc@vt.edu, 540-231-5591). NOT AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER 2024
  • Andrea S. Bertke, PhD, associate professor of infectious diseases in public health, Department of Population Health Sciences (asbertke@vt.edu, 540-231-2707). NOT AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER 2024
  • Nisha Duggal, PhD, assistant professor of molecular and cellular biology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (nduggal@vt.edu, 540-231-6705).
  • Luis E. Escobar, assistant professor, Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, College of Natural Resources and Environment, Virginia Tech (escobar1@vt.edu, 540-232-8485). NOT AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER 2024
  • Raj Gaji, BVSc, MVSc, PhD, assistant professor of parasitology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (rajgaji@vt.edu, 540-231-0918). 
  • Erin Gloag, PhD, assistant professor of microbiology and biofilm biology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (erinsg@vt.edu, 540-231-9995).
  • Kylene Kehn-Hall, PhD, professor of virology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (kkehnhall@vt.edu, 540-231-6705).
  • Kevin Lahmers, DVM, PhD, DACVP–Anatomic Pathology, clinical associate professor of anatomic pathology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (klahmers@vt.edu, 540-231-7632).
  • X.J. Meng, MD, MS, PhD, University Distinguished Professor of Molecular Virology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology; professor of internal medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (xjmeng@vt.edu, 540-231-6912).  NOT AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER 2024
  • Roger A. Ramirez Barrios, DVM, MS, PhD, clinical associate professor of veterinary parasitology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (raramirez@vt.edu, 540-231-0436). 
  • Mohamed Seleem, DVM, MS, PhD, professor of bacteriology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (seleem@vt.edu, 540-231-6705).
  • James Weger-Lucarelli, PhD, research assistant professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (weger@vt.edu, 540-231-6594).

Immume-Mediated and Inflammatory Diseases

  • Ansar Ahmed, DVM, PhD, associate dean of research and graduate studies; professor of immunology (ansrahmd@vt.edu, 540-231-5649).
  • Irving C. Allen, MS, MBA, PhD, associate professor of inflammatory disease, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (icallen@vt.edu, 540-231-7551).
  • Liwu Li, professor of biological sciences, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science (lwli@vt.edu, 540-231-1433).
  • Tanya LeRoith, DVM, PhD, DACVP–Anatomic Pathology, clinical professor of anatomic pathology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (tleroith@vt.edu, 540-231-7627).
  • Xin M. Luo, PhD, associate professor of immunology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (xinluo@vt.edu, 540-231-0977).
  • Christopher Reilly, PhD, associate professor and discipline chair of physiology, Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine; adjunct faculty, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (creilly@vcom.vt.edu, 540-231-5345).
  • Joanne Tuohy, DVM, PhD, DACVS–Small Animal, assistant professor of surgical oncology, Animal Cancer Care and Research Center (jltuohy@vt.edu, 540-526-2328).
  • Lijuan Yuan, PhD, professor of virology and immunology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (lyuan@vt.edu, 540-231-5154).

Comparative, Translational, & Veterinary Research

  • Orsolya Balogh, DVM, PhD, DACT, associate professor of theriogenology, JoAnne S. O'Brien Professor of Theriogenology, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences (obalogh@vt.edu, 540-231-6954).
  • Priscila Beatriz da Silva Serpa, DVM, MSc, DSc, DACVP–Clinical Pathology, research assistant professor of clinical pathology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (pserpa@vt.edu, 540-231-0774).
  • Giulio Menciotti , DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM-Cardiology, assistant professor of cardiology, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences (giuliom@vt.edu, 540-231-7588). NOT AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER 2024
  • Richard Shinn, DVM, MS, DACVIM–Neurology, assistant professor of neurology, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences (shinndvm@vt.edu, 540-231-4666).
  • Jamie Stewart, DVM, PhD, MS, DACT, assistant professor of production management medicine, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences (jlstewart13@vt.edu, 540-231-9251). NOT AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER 2024
  • Ashley Wilkinson, DVM, MS, DACVIM, assistant professor of internal medicine, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences (ashleyrw@vt.edu, 540-231-7690). NOT AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER 2024
  • Sharon Witonsky, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, associate professor of equine field services, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences (switonsk@vt.edu, 540-231-2773).


  • Blaise Costa, MPharm, PhD, associate professor of pharmacology, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (bcosta@vt.edu, 540-231-1468).
  • Shannon Farris, PhD, assistant professor of neuroscience, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (farrissl@vtc.vt.edu).
  • Paul Morton, PhD, assistant professor of neurodevelopment and neurobiology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (pmorton@vt.edu, 540-231-4891).
  • Yuchin Pan, PhD, associate professor of neuroscience, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (yapan@vtc.vt.edu).
  • Rell Parker, DVM, PhD, DACVIM–Neurology, assistant professor of neurology and neurosurgery, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences (rell@vt.edu, 540-231-2735).
  • John H. Rossmeisl, Jr., DVM, MS, DACVIM–Internal Medicine and Neurology, Dr. and Mrs. Dorsey Taylor Mahin Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences (jrossmei@vt.edu).
  • Sharon Swanger, PhD, assistant professor of neuroscience, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (saswanger@vtc.vt.edu).
  • Michelle Theus, PhD, associate professor of molecular and cellular neurobiology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (mtheus@vt.edu).
  • Hehuang "David" Xie, PhD, professor of epigenomics and computational biology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (davidxie@vt.edu, 540-231-9244).

Population Health Sciences/Public Health

  • Laura Hungerford, DVM, MPH, PhD, CPH, department head, Population Health Sciences, professor of veterinary public health and epidemiology, Department of Population Health Sciences (lhungerf@vt.edu, 540-231-3532).
  • Cassidy Rist, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, assistant professor, Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine, Department of Population Health Sciences (crist6@vt.edu, 540-231-3373).
  • Audrey Ruple, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVPM, MRCVS, associate professor of quantitative epidemiology, Metcalf Professor of Veterinary Medical Informatics, Department of Population Health Sciences (aruple@vt.edu, 540-231-0342).

2023 SVSRP

  • Alexandra Tolleson
    Thromboelastography in cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Tara Long
    Exploring correlations between horse behavior and serologic antibody presence for Borrelia burgdorfer
  • Jessie Gaine
    Assessment of teleneurology and its accuracy in neurolocalization during a veterinary neurologic exam
  • Annika Heyder, Freie Universität Berlin
    Fitness of Usutu Virus in mosquito and mouse cells
  • Brett Connolly
    Assessment of teleneurology and its accuracy in neurolocalization during a veterinary neurologic exam
  • Ryan Jordan
    DNA Sequence Variation Assessment of Toll-Like Receptor, Immune Response Gene mgTLR+, in Meleagris gallopavo
  • Alex Marsh
    Analysis of Piroplasmids in Ectoparasites of snakes in the Peruvian Amazon
  • Julianna Scardina
    Strolling with shelter cats
  • Taylor Mortensen
    The bacterial microbiome of ectoparasites found on snakes in the Peruvian Amazon
  • Kelli Gillespie
    Validation of iSperm analyzer for assessing ram semen quality
  • Noah Goldfarb
    An Investigation of High Pulse Repetition Frequency Histotripsy for Osteosarcoma Ablation

2022 SVSRP

  • Olivia Echols
    Investigating the ablative and immunomodulatory effects of high-frequency irreversible electroporation in osteosarcoma
  • Matthew Santos
    Assessing T-Cell Responses to a Novel Preclinical Zika Virus Vaccine Candidate
  • Zach Kirkpatrick
    The Effect of Quaternary Ammonium Compounds on Estrogen and Progesterone in Pregnant Mice
  • Daniel Eichelberger
    Assessing spectrophotometric turbidity testing as a rapid assessment of failure of passive transfer of immunity in neonatal lambs
  • Anna Foley
    Determining Genetic Markers of SARS-CoV-2 Adaptation to Human and Animal Hosts
  • Eric Britton
    Chronic Wasting Disease Risk Analysis related to ViTALS NAHLN Accreditation
  • Kayla Rojas
    Characterization of the BAB2_0857 protein in Brucella abortus
  • Katie Gingrich
    Evaluating infectivity of Spondweni virus and Zika virus on murine spermatogonia cells
  • Mishana Smith
    A Presumptive Diagnostic Technique of Identifying Bovine Anemia Associated with Theileria orientalis Ikeda Genotype in Virginia
  • Haleigh Hixson
    Evaluating the effects of histotripsy-treated canine osteosarcoma on monocyte phenotype
  • Nicolette Smith
    Evaluating the relationship of mechanical allodynia and downregulation of the Chrna6 gene in mice models

2021 SVSRP

  • Katherine Bukovec
    History of eccentric contractions in Duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • Elaina Davis
    Immunomodulatory effects of high-frequency irreversible electroporation on canine primary lung cancer
  • Amy Lin
    Investigating the mechanism behind a phenotypic drift in lupus-prone mice
  • Emma Loessberg
    Susceptibility of mosquito and bird cells to Usutu virus
  • Julia Mykins
    The role of the gut microbiome on neurogenesis and cortical development in germ free piglets
  • Holly Newberne
    Using DAPI-PI staining to determine Cryptosporidium parvum oocyst viability compared to qPCR quantification
  • Brigid Sexton
    Deslorelin-induced infertility affects expression of selected antioxidant enzymes in the testis of dogs

2020 SVSRP

  • Cara Costanzo
    Phylogenetic Analysis and Protein Level Mapping of Mutations in African and European Usutu Virus Strains
  • Rebecca Weiske
    The contribution of sympathetic neurons to recurrent disease caused by Herpes Simplex Virus 1 and 2, in a Guinea Pig model

2019 SVSRP

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  • Ian Anderson
    Characterizing the role of fucose in Brucella pathogenesis
  • Kate Bukovec
    Effect of human gait modeling in mdx mouse soleus on muscle oxidative stress
  • Catherine Buryn
    A Novel Flavivirus Vaccine to Prevent Vertical Transmission of Zika Virus
  • Zach Groff
    Effect of Germ-Free Conditions on Radial Glial Progenitor Stem Cells in the Subventricular and Outer Subventricular Zones
  • Taylor James
    QAC Resistance Study in Hospitalized Horses
  • Taschua Jeboda
    Evaluating the role of miR-183-96-182 miRNA cluster in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Meg Oberer
    Creation and characterization of single amino acid variant mutants of Mayaro virus
  • Nicholas Pietrobono
    What is the ability of African and European isolates of Usutu virus to infect cells from non-avian species such as bats and rodents?
  • Alex Safian
    Impact of Bacillus thuringiensis Cry5B crystal protein on strongylid larvae development
  • Joshua Scharf
    Screening of AAV serotype panel for efficient transduction of sensory and autonomic neurons in guinea pigs
  • Yiannis Sotiropoulos
    Influence of endothelial cell-specific erythropoietin-producing-hepatocellular carcinoma receptor (Eph) on the blood-brain barrier following traumatic brain injury
  • Kelli Stone
    The role of M2-polarized macrophages in canine soft tissue sarcoma progression

2018 SVSRP

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  • Roel Becerra, Purdue University CVM
    A Natural Murine Infection Model to Delineate the Immunobiology and Persistence of Noroviruses
  • Alex Bradshaw
    Quantitative Evaluation of the Effects of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) on Molecules Associated with T Cell Stimulation
  • Sabrina Callaway
    Role of microRNAs in the lupus-gut microbiome axis
  • Stephanie Crawford
    Assessment of Zika Virus Persistence in Various Tissues after Subcutaneous and Sexual Transmission
  • Francesca Frere
    Susceptibility of Commons U.S. Birds and Mosquitoes to USUV Strains and the Possibility of Cross-Neutralization by WNV or SLEV
  • Elise Hennessy, Auburn University CVM
    Understanding the role of Culex mosquitoes and avian host in the sylvatic transmission of Mayaro virus
  • Shawn Kozlov
    Evaluating the Effects of Boiling Histotripsy on Immune Response and Metastasis using a 4TI Breast Tumor Model
  • Mitchell Meyerhoeffer
    Investigating the immune response to High Frequency Irreversible Electroporation (H-FIRE) in canine hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Ying Ngo
    Synovial Macrophage Response to Bone Marrow Mononuclear Cells in Normal versus Inflamed Equine Joints
  • TJ Quinn
    Purification of mouse embryonic stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes via metabolic-selection using lactase supplemented medium
  • Taylor Simmons
    Dysregulated noncanonical NF-kB signaling is associated with eosinophilic esophagitis and the effect of NIK on eosinophil migration
  • Sierrah Travis
    Impact of gut microbiota on the fate of neural stem cells

2017 SVSRP

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  • Kristin Blount
    The Effect of Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (QACs) on Development of IgA Responses
  • Kaya Bryant, Tuskegee University CVM
    Environmental heat exposure among pet dogs in rural and urban counties of the South
  • Meghan Dau
    Characterization of genes involved in infection by Brucella abortus by the oral route
  • Glenn Elias
    qPCR Detection of Mycobacterium avium subsp. in eggs obtained from Ranged-Reared and Small Backyard Chicken Flocks in the New River Valley of Virginia and the Relationship to Non-Tuberculosis Mycobacterial Disease in Humans
  • Elizabeth Majette
    Evaluation of immunogenicity of candidate rotavirus vaccine P-VP8* in gnotobiotic pig model of human rotavirus infection and disease
  • Nick Moore
    Using Differences in Gene Expression to Differentiate Histiocytic Sarcoma from Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Andrea Oliver
    Meta-Analysis of human patient samples after Traumatic Brain Injury using the Federal Interagency Traumatic Brain Injury Research (FITBIR) informatics system
  • Samantha Perry
    Expression of Immune Checkpoint Molecules in Canine Histiocytic Disease
  • Chelsea Pollak
    Understanding cellular mediators of breast and pancreatic cancer tumor clearance following ablation therapy using high frequency irreversible electroporation (H-FIRE)
  • Evymarie Prado-Sanchez
    Characterization of the nikR gene in Brucella abortus
  • Ashley Saver
    Assessment of Zika Virus neurotropism and pathogenesis
  • Tracy Wachbrit
    Determining the role of single viral capsid mutations in altering the host range and fitness of viruses
  • Caleb Whitfield
    Role of CX3CR1 in Pathogenesis of Murine Lupus

2016 SVSRP

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  • Stephanie Folkerts, North Carolina State University CVM
    Isolation of antibiotic-producing bacteria from New River Valley (NRV) soil
  • Kari Hecker
    Commercialization of an ELISA for Ornithobacterium rhinotracheale using hemolytic and non-hemolytic isolates
  • Bathilda Lake
    Equine PCV, Erythrocyte Potassium and Transferrin Correlations
  • Tyler Lawnichak
    Influence of donepezil on the development of Toxoplasma gondii and its potential relationship to Alzheimer’s
  • Melissa Lopez, Tuskegee University CVM
    Characterization of Vascular remodeling in the canine brain following Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Caitlin Mason
    Native and Recombinant PD-1, PD-L1, and PD-L2 mRNA Variants for Study of Porcine Circovirus Associated Disease
  • Lauren Page
    Efficacy of a New Diagnostic Procedure, the Mini-FLOTAC, in the Diagnosis of Canine Giardia Infection
  • Evymarie Prado-Sanchez
    Nickel Homeostasis and Bacterial Pathogenesis: Examining NikR Regulatory System in Brucella abortus
  • Ellen Russell
    NLR Inflammasome Recognition of Clostridium difficile
  • Vincent Travella
    Control of lupus nephritis by manipulating gut microbiota during active disease

2015 SVSRP

  • Mitch Caudill
    Characterization of the putR gene in Brucella abortus
  • Corren Freeman, Tuskagee University CVM
    Exploring the mechanisms of the components interleukin-1
  • Chris Gow
    Characterization of Arteriogenesis in Juvenile Mice Following Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Judy Jean, University of Wisconsin CVM
    Use of digital droplet PCR to quantify DNA copy number of hsp90 gene in Aedes aegypti
  • Anna Jiang
    Targeting glioblastoma for enhanced oncolysis by Newcastle disease virus
  • Kelsey Jorge, Midwestern University CVM
    Efficacy of butyrylcholinesterase as a topical scavenger agent against the organophosphate paraoxon
  • Caroline Moon
    The Effect of common commercial rodent diets on lupus associated epigenetic factors and glomerulonephritis in MRL-lpr mice
  • Sandra Muller, University of Utrecht CVM
    Anatomic regurgitant orifice area (AROA) obtained using 3D-echocardiography as an indicator of severity of mitral regurgitation in dogs with myxomatous mitral valve disease
  • Erika Olney, Midwestern University CVM
    Evaluation of RNActive®-based rotavirus vaccine in the gnotobiotic pig model of human rotavirus infection
  • Luis Rivero
    Beating cardiac aggregate survival in long term culture can be enhanced by alginate-based microencapsulation
  • Deepinder Sidhu
    CT-guided brain biopsy using an inexpensive brain phantom and a veterinary specific stereotactic system

2014 SVSRP

  • Camille Brandenburg
    Studying iron transport in Drosophila melanogaster and the effects of iron on insect cells
  • Melissa Brusie
    Expression of miR-181a in immune cells from a mouse model of systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Kristen Hill
    Isolation and identification of antibiotic producing microbes from soil
  • Andrew Jones
    X and Y feline chromosomal DNA probe generation and placental tissue staining for the improved differentiation of maternal and fetal tissue
  • Jasmine Jones
    Characterization of the regulatory response of Brucella abortus to deoxycholate stress
  • Kye Kable
    Caspase-11 attenuates gastrointestinal inflammation and experimental colitis pathogenesis
  • Anna Katogiritis
    Donepezil hydrocholoride inhibits development of tachyzoites of Toxoplasma gondii in human retinal epithelial cell cultures
  • Vincent Michels
    The effect of bacterial depletion on pial collateral development
  • Stephanie Paultre
    A look at the detrimental effects of quaternary ammonium compounds (QAC) on sertoli cells
  • Jason Regalado
    Evaluation of an isothermal DNA amplification assay for Salmonella with applications for food safety
  • Muzzy Sayyid
    Differentiation of male germ cells from murine pluripotent stem cells in vitro
  • Tim Scott
    Investigating the trophic capabilities of equine adipose-derived cells
  • Taylor Stephens
    Effect of high fat diet and endotoxemia on mTOR activiation

2013 SVSRP

  • Jordan Adair
    The Role of EphA4 in Pial Arteriole Collateral Development
  • Camille Brandenburg
    Visualizing the Colocalization of Proteins involved in RNAi using IFA in Aedes aegypti
  • Penelope Burchfiel
    Three-Dimensional Culture of Equine Mesenchymal Stem Cells Mitigates Anti-Inflammatory Properties
  • Elle Donnini
    Ability of Stromal Vascular Fraction Cells to Induce a Regenerative Response in Tendon Fibroblasts Via Secretion of Soluble Factors
  • John Gil
    All-Trans-Retinoic Acid (atRA) Regulates CpG-mediated Production of Inflammatory Cytokines in Human Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell (pDC) Line CAL-1
  • Madison Jubirt
    Characterization of a Novel Small Regulatory RNA, Bsr7, From Brucella abortus 2308
  • Sarah Peloquin
    The Influence of Simvastatin on Cytokine Responses To Norovirus or P Particle Vaccine in Gnotobiotic Pigs
  • Jonathan Samuelson
    Preconditioning of hCSCs with LPS Enhances Cell Survival through a TLR-4-Mediated Anti-Apoptotic Mechanism
  • Patricia Shanteau
    The Reproductive and Developmental Effects of Ubiquitous Quaternary Ammonia Compounds
  • Vanessa Wallace
    Acute Effects of Multiple Dose Fullerene Exposures in Mice After Intravenous or Intraperitoneal Exposure

2012 SVSRP

  • Stephanie Apple
    Role of Adipose-Derived Adult Stem Cells as Trophic Mediators of Tissue Regeneration
  • Emma Kate Evans
    Fluorescent Labeling of Carboxymethylcellulose Acetate Butyrate (CMCAB) for in vitro and in vivo Uptake Studies
  • Brent Gordon
    Alterations in Plasacytoid Dendritic Cells in the Progression of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Jessica Gould
    The Effect of Environmental Conditions on the Viability of Parascaris equorum Eggs
  • Ellie Kornfeind
    Maternal Nutrition Increases Risk of Metabolic Disease in Mature Offspring
  • Sarah Repsher
    The Role of EphA4 Receptor in Tube Formation of Cultured Primary Endothelial Cells Derived from the Cerebral Vasculature of C57BL/6 Mice
  • Lauren Robinson
    Differential, Tissue-specific Micro-RNA Expression in Lupus and Non-lupus Mice
  • Jennifer Shonts
    Phenotypic Modulation of Porcine Dendric Cells Following in vitro Co-infection with Porcine Circovirus Type 2 and Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus
  • Greg Simonek
    Delineating the Estrogen-mediated effects of megakaryocytes on Mesenchymal Stem Cells
  • Jesse Sugrue
    Household Teratogens and Their Effects on Neural Tube Defects

2011 SVSRP

  • Kathryn Dorsey
    Identifying Regulatory T Cell Epitopes in Porcine Circovirus 2
  • Melani French
    Detrimental Disinfectancts? Neural tube defects in mice exposed to quaternary ammonium compounds
  • Cassandra Martin
    Isoforms of VEGF-A Expressed in the Feline Placenta
  • Savannah McReynolds
    Differential Expression of Lupus-associated microRNAs in Male and Female Autoimmune-prone Mice
  • Elizabeth Mongeon
    Molecular Characteristics of Methicillin Resistance in Staphylococci Isolated from Animals at Three Teaching Hospitals
  • Cyrus Wegbreit
    Cell Cycle Arrest by Newcastle Disease Virus for Tumor Selectivity
  • Jacob Cawley
    Morphological Evaluation of Dysplastic Megakaryocytes in a Mouse Model for Myelodysplastic Syndrome
  • Gabriel Mills
    Isolation of Canine Spermatogonial Stem Cells Using Thy1 (CD90) with Magnetic-activated Cell Sorting
  • Amanda Weakley
    Use of Hair Scores as a Simple Method to Detect Fescue Toxicosis in Cattle

2010 SVSRP

  • Christine Keyserling
    The effects of exogenous sphingosineon clusteringene expression in a mouse model of progressive ovarian cancer
  • Robert Cullen
    Cytokine Measurements to Judge Effects of Maternal Immune Stimulation on Teratogen-Exposed pregnancies
  • Rachael Edwards
    Maternal Alcohol Use on the Immediate and Long Term Health of Offspring
  • Galit Frydman
    A Study of VEGF-A and Vascularization in the Feline Reproductive Tract
  • Dorothy Jones
    Effect of Lactobacillus Acidophilus on Serum Antibody Responses Induced by Rotavirus Vaccine
  • Tara Martin
    A Comparison of the Interactions of PRRSV and PCV2 in vitro
  • Michelle Welton
    Delineation of the Antigen-Activated T-cell Response in the NUP98HOXD13 Mouse Model for Myelodysplastic Syndrome

2009 SVSRP

  • Anastasiya Soper
    Effects of Dietary Leucine on Calpain/Calpastatin and mTOR/p-mTOR Contents in Cardiac Tissues of MDX Mice
  • Carmen Ledesma
    Viability and Efficacy of Chimeric Porcine Circovirus (PVC) Constructs using PSV1 and PCV2 Strains
  • Elizabeth Ferguson
    Evaluation of Murine Skeletal Defects from Maternal Exposure to Tap Water
  • Janice Thomas
    Oxidative Stress, Mitochondrial DNA Variation, and Immune Response in the Domestic Chicken, Gallus gallus
  • Kyle Webb
    Incorporating Viral M2e Proteins as an Adjuvant on Virus Surface
  • Lara Brennecke
    Effect on Fertility in Male Dogs Vaccinated with a GnRH Vaccine containing B-cell Adjuvant
  • Robert Edwards
    Folate Targeted Newcastle Disease Virus for Cancer Therapy

2008 SVSRP

  • Kristin Eden
    Anti-inflammatory Activity of Curcumin in a Murine Model of Autoimmune Glomerulonephritis
  • Ashley Manari
    Exacerbation of Lupus in 36-Week Old SNF1 Mice Prenatally Exposed to TCDD
  • Melanie Burgess
    Ultrastructure of Sensory Neurons in Organophosphate-Induced Delayed Neuropathy (OPIDN)
  • James Corrigan
    Oral Rabies Vaccine Bait Contact at Culverts Evaluated with Tracking Plates
  • Michelle Creame
    rValidation of a Human ELISA Assay to Detect c-Kit Protein in Plasma from Canine Patients with Cutaneous Mast Tumor Cells
  • Michelle Larson
    Does Interlukin-1 Receptor Associated Kinase-1 (IRAK-1) Modulate Differentiation of Alternatively Activated Macrophages that are Dose-dependent Induces by IL-4?
  • Katrina Rower
    Distribution and Histological Evaluation of Intra-peritoneal Administered Nanoparticles
  • Sheryl Coutermarsh-Ott
    Developmental TCDD Exposure Induces Autoimmune Lupus in 36-Week Old C57BL/6 Mice
  • Kimberly Horton
    Oncolytic Efficacy of Recombinant Newcastle Disease Virus against Glioma Cells

2007 SVSRP

  • Cara Cherry
    Characterization of a lipooligosaccharide biosynthesis locus (lob) in Histophilus somni (H. somni)
  • Toshiko Kobayashi
    Prion Knockdown in Differentiating Embryonic Stem Cells
  • Paul Listrani
    5-Aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide ribofuranoside (AICAR) Inhibits Inflammatory Mediator Production in vitro in SNF1 Mice
  • Tannia Clark
    Evaluation of gross/histological lesions in mouse model
  • Laura Owens
    Evaluating Raccoon Activity Zones on Virginia Tech's CampusHeather GrochImmune Consequence of Exposure to Endocrine Destructive Chemicals
  • Javiera Bahamonde
    Heart Developmental Alterations in Gestation Day 17 CD1 Mouse Fetuses of Diabetic Mothers: a Study Using Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational Diabetes Mellitus Mouse Models

1) Will I be funded during the summer?

Yes. All selected summer research trainees will be paid a stipend based on the NIH scale. This program is funded by NIH T35, Boehringer-Ingelheim, and the College.

2) The application states, "Please send a copy of your resume/CV and two letters of recommendation by email to ansrahmd@vt.edu." Can I get one recommendation letter from my Bachelor of Science faculty?

Yes. We need at least one recommendation letter from your veterinary college professor. The other recommendation letter can be from any faculty member, including your B.S. program faculty, familiar with your academic background and/or scientific curiosity. 

3) I have no prior research experience. Will I be considered for the summer research program?

Yes. There is no requirement for prior research experience. This program is designed to give hands-on research exposure to DVM students. An important driver is your research interest, passion for exposure to a research environment, and not previous research experience.

4) Is it mandatory to have a mentor selected when applying?

No. It is not mandatory. It is recommended that you communicate with potential mentors to assess the fit and their availability. A potential mentor can also be a source of a reference letter. Please click the "Potential SVSRP Mentors" tab above and then click on the faculty hyperlink for more details.

Suppose a mentor is not identified when applying. In that case, it is important to rank the order of your research interests (e.g., "Infectious Diseases," Inflammatory Diseases," Comparative, Translational & Veterinary Research, and Population Health Science/Public Health ."Once selected into the program, I will work on finding a suitable mentor.

5) Is it mandatory to be present throughout the summer? I am excited about the research opportunity, but I have an unavoidable family event that requires me to be out of town for a few days. Will this exclude me from the program?

We highly recommend student participation throughout the summer since the program is valuable for building contacts with DVMs in science and future career opportunities. The stipend stipulates the time spent. That said, it is recognized that the student may need to be out of town for a legitimate family obligation for a few days. Working with the mentor and the program director is recommended to address absences and the potential to make them up. If feasible, a Zoom participation can be arranged.  The mandatory participation will be in the orientation week, meeting DVMs when scheduled, presenting to the college, and attending the national meeting. 

6) Can I continue the project after the program and hopefully be a co-author on future publications or presentations?

Yes. You are highly encouraged to work with your mentor about potential future participation (even if brief intermittent periods over the DVM period). Typically, most professors would encourage continued interactions. Also, when feasible, you can spend time in the lab during your future elective block. Should you be a co-author on a presentation or publication, please notify Dr. Ahmed since he has to report these achievements to the sponsors.