About the Program

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 Merial Veterinary Scholars and National and Canadian Research Opportunities for Veterinary Students web sites.

Application Deadline: February 6, 2015

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
  • are not currently enrolled in a DVM/PhD or DVM/MS program

For MU student 8-week program - $3600
For out of state or prevet/ag scholars 10-week program - $4500

Program duration, students from the University of Missouri: Project development and implementation, mentor meetings and a weekly "Foundations in Veterinary Research and Discovery" course will begin in March of 2015. Full-time research activity will occur during the summer break from July-August.

Program duration, students from other Veterinary Colleges: The program schedule is flexible with a 10 week minimum 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 Merial Symposium at the University of California-Davis.
  • interactive field trips and social events with scholars of the Oklahoma State Veterinary Research Scholars Program
  • field trips to local and regional research institutions

Mentor Selection: Participating mentors and a description of their research are listed here. As part of the application, scholars select four mentors with whom they would like to work. Scholars are highly encouraged to consider all mentors (get beyond your comfort zone) and contact prospective mentors to discuss opportunities in their laboratories. An advisory committee will assign scholars to laboratories. 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.

Related Programs: 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 June 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.

MU / OSU project: Scholars from the MU and Oklahoma State University programs will meet for a networking outing.

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 the MU 2016 Phi Zeta Research day (MU scholars). Scholars will also have the opportunity to attend and present their project at the 2015 National Merial Symposium at the University of California-Davis in early August (dates 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.

Time Line:

Feb 6
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.

May 8
Attend 2015 Phi Zeta Research Day

May 11
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

June 27
Full-time in laboratory begins (MU scholars)

MU / OSU Veterinary Research Scholars Program joint meeting / social.

Weekly brown bag lunch meetings and research updates.

August (Dates TBD)
Attend National NIH-Merial Symposium at the University of California-Davis.

May, 2016
MU scholars presentations at 2016 Phi Zeta Research Day

Application: (Application Deadline is February 6th, 2015) To apply, complete online form. Selection criteria include demonstration of passion and commitment to exploring research, academic credentials, and references. Individuals with no prior research experience are highly encouraged to apply and explore! Missouri applicants may also be interviewed.

Need more information? Please contact Dr. Craig Franklin at (573) 882-6623 or franklinc@missouri.edu

For additional veterinary student research opportunities, visit Merial Veterinary Scholars or the National and Canadian Research Opportunities for Veterinary Students web page
This program is sponsored by Merial, Pfizer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bayer and the MU College of Veterinary Medicine
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