Summer Scholars Program
The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine Summer Scholars Program offers first and second year veterinary students the opportunity to participate in research projects related to veterinary, animal, and human health initiatives. Through this experiential learning, students will gain an appreciation of biomedical and veterinary research careers and see firsthand how research contributes to advances in health care and veterinary practice.
The strength of this program lies in the research expertise of our faculty and the strong mentoring environments their programs provide. Learning is supplemented via seminars on various aspects of biomedical research, communicating science, and career development. Field trips to local research animal care facilities and biomedical device companies are planned.
A Great Program with Major Benefits
Together with our funding partners, we have a shared goal to create veterinary research scientists skilled in hypothesis-driven research and translational medicine. Through this program, students will:
- Gain firsthand experience in research, including techniques, hypothesis development, and data evaluation.
- Develop your communication and critical thinking skills
- Develop your understanding of the scientific basis for modern medicine
- Explore career paths beyond veterinary practice
- Earn a $5,000 stipend while you learn ($5,961 for T35-funded projects, see below)
- Attend the international Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Symposium
Our Funding Partners
The Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program was created in 1989 to expose veterinary students to research and careers in biomedicine. The program has exceeded expectations and many participants choose to pursue further research training and careers. Minnesota offers a broad range of research experiences within the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Masonic Cancer Center, and the Medical School. Funding is provided by key partners:
Boehringer Ingelheim: Biomedical research training
National Institutes of Health T-35 Training Grant: Biomedical research training and development.
The College of Veterinary Medicine: Biomedical Research training
Morris Animal Foundation: Promotion of companion animal and wildlife health; one nominee per school; selected by Summer Scholars Committee.
The Swine Disease Eradication Center (one position): Research impacting swine production and medicine.
The Skadron Family Oncology Scholarship (one position): Comparative oncology
• Other center funding is pending and will be posted as available.
Other Research Training Opportunities
- Summer Scholars Programs at other Colleges of Veterinary Medicine: Visit Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars website
- National Institutes of Health Summer Internships/Externships for DVM students; work at NIH Centers
- Stanford University Summer Research in Biomedicine
- Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Program: summer and full year biomedical research opportunities for DVM students
- Kennedy Krieger Foundation: emerging infectious disease research for medical and veterinary students. Work at Johns Hopkins or CDC-affiliated centers
- Maddie's Fund- Summer Scholar Grants: canine and feline life saving research and foster care