Summer Veterinary Student Research Program
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:
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program (BIVS)
- Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (VMCVM)
Students applying to the SVSRP must commit to a continuous 11-week summer program without interruption.
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- Application process
- Mission and funding
- Program timeline and schedules
- Program overview
- Potential SVSRP mentors
- Former SVSRP trainees
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
- 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.
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.
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.
|Deadline for application (PDF) receipt
|Mentor and trainee meeting
|Orientation short courses
|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
|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:
- Expose students to a spectrum of research employment opportunities within governmental facilities, industry, and nongovernmental organizations; and
- 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.
- 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.
- Clayton Caswell, PhD, associate professor of bacteriology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (email@example.com, 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org, 540-231-2707). NOT AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER 2024
- Nisha Duggal, PhD, assistant professor of molecular and cellular biology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (email@example.com, 540-231-6705).
- Luis E. Escobar, assistant professor, Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, College of Natural Resources and Environment, Virginia Tech (firstname.lastname@example.org, 540-232-8485). NOT AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER 2024
- Raj Gaji, BVSc, MVSc, PhD, assistant professor of parasitology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (email@example.com, 540-231-0918).
- Erin Gloag, PhD, assistant professor of microbiology and biofilm biology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (firstname.lastname@example.org, 540-231-9995).
- Kylene Kehn-Hall, PhD, professor of virology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (email@example.com, 540-231-6705).
- Kevin Lahmers, DVM, PhD, DACVP–Anatomic Pathology, clinical associate professor of anatomic pathology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 (email@example.com, 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org, 540-231-0436).
- Mohamed Seleem, DVM, MS, PhD, professor of bacteriology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (email@example.com, 540-231-6705).
- James Weger-Lucarelli, PhD, research assistant professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (firstname.lastname@example.org, 540-231-6594).
Immume-Mediated and Inflammatory Diseases
- Ansar Ahmed, DVM, PhD, associate dean of research and graduate studies; professor of immunology (email@example.com, 540-231-5649).
- Irving C. Allen, MS, MBA, PhD, associate professor of inflammatory disease, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (firstname.lastname@example.org, 540-231-7551).
- Liwu Li, professor of biological sciences, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science (email@example.com, 540-231-1433).
- Tanya LeRoith, DVM, PhD, DACVP–Anatomic Pathology, clinical professor of anatomic pathology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (firstname.lastname@example.org, 540-231-7627).
- Xin M. Luo, PhD, associate professor of immunology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (email@example.com, 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org, 540-231-5345).
- Joanne Tuohy, DVM, PhD, DACVS–Small Animal, assistant professor of surgical oncology, Animal Cancer Care and Research Center (email@example.com, 540-526-2328).
- Lijuan Yuan, PhD, professor of virology and immunology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 (email@example.com, 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org, 540-231-0774).
- Giulio Menciotti , DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM-Cardiology, assistant professor of cardiology, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences (email@example.com, 540-231-7588). NOT AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER 2024
- Richard Shinn, DVM, MS, DACVIM–Neurology, assistant professor of neurology, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences (firstname.lastname@example.org, 540-231-4666).
- Jamie Stewart, DVM, PhD, MS, DACT, assistant professor of production management medicine, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences (email@example.com, 540-231-9251). NOT AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER 2024
- Ashley Wilkinson, DVM, MS, DACVIM, assistant professor of internal medicine, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences (firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 (email@example.com, 540-231-2773).
- Blaise Costa, MPharm, PhD, associate professor of pharmacology, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (firstname.lastname@example.org, 540-231-1468).
- Shannon Farris, PhD, assistant professor of neuroscience, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (email@example.com).
- Paul Morton, PhD, assistant professor of neurodevelopment and neurobiology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (firstname.lastname@example.org, 540-231-4891).
- Yuchin Pan, PhD, associate professor of neuroscience, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (email@example.com).
- Rell Parker, DVM, PhD, DACVIM–Neurology, assistant professor of neurology and neurosurgery, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences (firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 (email@example.com).
- Sharon Swanger, PhD, assistant professor of neuroscience, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Michelle Theus, PhD, associate professor of molecular and cellular neurobiology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (email@example.com).
- Hehuang "David" Xie, PhD, professor of epigenomics and computational biology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 (email@example.com, 540-231-3532).
- Cassidy Rist, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, assistant professor, Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine, Department of Population Health Sciences (firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 (email@example.com, 540-231-0342).
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- Annika Heyder, Freie Universität Berlin
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Assessing T-Cell Responses to a Novel Preclinical Zika Virus Vaccine Candidate
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Susceptibility of mosquito and bird cells to Usutu virus
- Julia Mykins
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- Holly Newberne
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- Brigid Sexton
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Phylogenetic Analysis and Protein Level Mapping of Mutations in African and European Usutu Virus Strains
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A Novel Flavivirus Vaccine to Prevent Vertical Transmission of Zika Virus
- Zach Groff
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- Taylor James
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- Taschua Jeboda
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- Nicholas Pietrobono
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- Alex Safian
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- Joshua Scharf
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- Yiannis Sotiropoulos
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- Kelli Stone
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- Roel Becerra, Purdue University CVM
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- Alex Bradshaw
Quantitative Evaluation of the Effects of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) on Molecules Associated with T Cell Stimulation
- Sabrina Callaway
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- Stephanie Crawford
Assessment of Zika Virus Persistence in Various Tissues after Subcutaneous and Sexual Transmission
- Francesca Frere
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- Elise Hennessy, Auburn University CVM
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- 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
- 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
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- 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
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- Caleb Whitfield
Role of CX3CR1 in Pathogenesis of Murine Lupus
- 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
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- Melissa Lopez, Tuskegee University CVM
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- Caitlin Mason
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- Lauren Page
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- Evymarie Prado-Sanchez
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- Ellen Russell
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- Vincent Travella
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- Mitch Caudill
Characterization of the putR gene in Brucella abortus
- Corren Freeman, Tuskagee University CVM
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- 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
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- Kelsey Jorge, Midwestern University CVM
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- Caroline Moon
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- Sandra Muller, University of Utrecht CVM
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- Erika Olney, Midwestern University CVM
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- Luis Rivero
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- Deepinder Sidhu
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- Camille Brandenburg
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- Melissa Brusie
Expression of miR-181a in immune cells from a mouse model of systemic lupus erythematosus
- Kristen Hill
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- Andrew Jones
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- Jasmine Jones
Characterization of the regulatory response of Brucella abortus to deoxycholate stress
- Kye Kable
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- Anna Katogiritis
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- Vincent Michels
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- Stephanie Paultre
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- Jason Regalado
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- Muzzy Sayyid
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- Tim Scott
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- Taylor Stephens
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- Jordan Adair
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- Camille Brandenburg
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- Penelope Burchfiel
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- Elle Donnini
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- John Gil
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- Madison Jubirt
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- Sarah Peloquin
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- Jonathan Samuelson
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- Patricia Shanteau
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- Vanessa Wallace
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- Stephanie Apple
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- Emma Kate Evans
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- Brent Gordon
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- Jessica Gould
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- Ellie Kornfeind
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- Sarah Repsher
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- Lauren Robinson
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- Jennifer Shonts
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- Greg Simonek
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- Jesse Sugrue
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- Kathryn Dorsey
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- Melani French
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- Cassandra Martin
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- Savannah McReynolds
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- Elizabeth Mongeon
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- Cyrus Wegbreit
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- Jacob Cawley
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- Gabriel Mills
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- Amanda Weakley
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- Christine Keyserling
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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
- 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
- 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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org." 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.