The objectives of the MUVRSP are to expose veterinary students to research career opportunities through a mentored research experience and develop a much-needed community of veterinary research scientists.
For additional veterinary student research opportunities, see the Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars and National and Canadian Research Opportunities for Veterinary Students web sites.
Application Deadline: February 8, 2021
Eligibility: Students who have:
- completed at least one year of Veterinary School, have been accepted into Veterinary School or are part of an MU guaranteed admissions program (Pre-Vet or Ag Scholar)
- are interested in exploring research
- maintained a GPA of 2.5 or better
- students currently enrolled in DVM/PhD or DVM/MS program should discuss options with Dr. Franklin; students in DVM/MPH programs are eligible
For MU student 8-week program – $3920
For out of state or prevet/ag scholars 10-week program – $4900
Program duration, students from the University of Missouri CVM: Project development and implementation, mentor meetings and a weekly “Foundations in Veterinary Research and Discovery” course will begin in March of 2021. Full-time research activity will occur during the summer break from July-August.
Program duration, students from other Veterinary Colleges or Pre-Vet/Ag Scholars: The program schedule is flexible with a 10-12 week requirement.
Program description: The MUVRSP will include:
- an intensive research experience to include state-of-the-art experimental methodology.
- weekly topics course that gives a broad exposure to biomedical sciences.
- social events to foster interaction and sense of community.
- an opportunity to attend and present at the National NIH-Boehringer Ingelheim Symposium sponsored by Iowa State University (location TBD).
- field trips to local and regional research institutions
Mentor Selection (MU scholars): Participating mentors and a description of their research are listed here and a schematic of mentor selection options is here. Prior to the application deadline, contact mentors with whom you might like to work (consider all and get beyond your comfort zone). If you and a mentor decide you wish to work together for the summer, email Craig Franklin (email@example.com) to indicate that you have established a match and copy your mentor; they must approve this match. Dr. Franklin will then send you an confirmation email. On the application, select “I have established a match” four times in the drop down selection list (only do this after you have received a confirmation from Dr. Franklin). If you do not establish a match prior to the application deadline, never fear, we have another option. On the application drop down list, select four mentors with whom they would like to work. An advisory committee will the determine if selected mentors are available and work with you to secure a match. MU scholars will meet with mentors no less than weekly beginning in March. Out-of-state scholars should contact mentors to begin project planning no later than one month prior to their start date. NOTE: if you would like to work with a mentor that is not on the VRSP list, contact Dr. Franklin to discuss.
Mentor Selection (MU scholars from other schools): Review mentor list here and contact Dr. Franklin with a short list of mentors with whom you would like to work.
Related Programs: ASLAP Summer Fellowship in Laboratory Animal Medicine and Comparative Medicine Research – click here for details
Foundations in Veterinary Research and Discovery: This formal course will meet weekly from March through August and include discussions and interactive sessions on experimental design, data presentation and analysis, poster preparation, planning for a research career to include meetings with a panel of post-DVM graduate students, responsible conduct of research, visit to an industry research farm, laboratory tours and social outings.
Scholar Expectations: Scholars will be expected to commit full-time to the program, perform a hypothesis-based research project, participate in the “Foundations in Veterinary Research and Discovery” course (out of state scholars will begin participation upon arrival) and present results of experiments at a VRSP Data Blitz in September, 2021 and the CVM Research Day (MU scholars) in May, 2022. Scholars will also have the opportunity to attend and present their project at the 2021 National NIH-Boehringer Ingelheim Symposium sponsored by Iowa State University (location and format TBD). On completion of the training program, scholars will have been exposed to careers in research and obtained the necessary information to pursue a science-related career.
Other Funding Opportunities: In addition to the VRSP, there are several other sources of possible funding that are great CV builders.
Deadline for applications
Scholar selection and orientation meeting
Foundations in Veterinary Research and Discovery course meets weekly for 1-3 hours
Weekly mentor/scholar meetings to outline project/goals and begin research
Welcome out-of-state scholars social gathering.
Participate in 2021 CVM Research Day
MU scholar research outlines due; outlines discussed in small group sessions as part of Foundations course
Out of state scholar outlines due two weeks after their arrival
Full-time in laboratory work begins (MU scholars)
Participate in National NIH-Boehringer Ingelheim Symposium sponsored by Iowa State University (location and format TBD)
Boehringer Ingelheim visit – Fulton, MO
MU VRSP Research Data Blitz
MU scholars presentations at 2022 CVM Research Day
Application: (Application Deadline is February 8, 2021) To apply, complete online form and have one letter of reference from a CVM faculty member or former employer (see FAQ section for alternatives) who is familiar with your career aspirations. Selection criteria include demonstration of passion and commitment to exploring research, academic credentials, and your reference letter. Individuals with no prior research experience are highly encouraged to apply and explore! Missouri applicants will also be interviewed.
THANK YOU! to all of our sponsors who provide critical funding for our scholars’ research experience: Boehringer Ingelheim, IDEXX BioAnalytics and the MU College of Veterinary Medicine.
Need more information? Please contact Dr. Craig Franklin at (573) 882-6623 or firstname.lastname@example.org