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Merial Veterinary Summer Scholars Program


For information on the Summer Scholars Research Program, please contact Drs. Stephen Kania or Linda Frank

About the Program

image 01The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine (UTCVM) invites veterinary students interested in participating in a mentored research program during the summer of 2014 to apply to our Veterinary Scholars Research Program. The Program is co-sponsored by the Merial Veterinary Scholars Program and the UTCVM.

image 02The Merial Veterinary Scholar Program (MVSP) at the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine (UTCVM) will provide an opportunity for veterinary students to explore careers in research through participation in a hypothesis driven research project and associated training activities. The program will provide students considering a career in biomedical research with sufficient exposure to the research environment to facilitate their decision and gain an appreciation for the role of research in veterinary medicine. The specific objectives of the program are for students to:

  1. Receive hands-on experience in biomedical research
  2. Develop an understanding of research careers and opportunities
  3. Develop a basic understanding of scientific method and research design
  4. Develop skills in one or more research techniques
  5. Obtain experience creating and delivering a research presentation
  6. Learn about ethical issues involved in research
  7. Develop camaraderie with other student researchers

Students are paid $500 per week for 10 weeks over a period beginning May 13 and ending August 16. The exact dates of employment will be determined on an individual basis by student availability and program requirements.


Applicants must be veterinary students who have completed their first or second year of a veterinary-professional program. Veterinary students who possess an MS or PhD degree or who are currently enrolled in a graduate program are not eligible.

Planned Activities

Prior to beginning their research, students will be enrolled in an occupational health program. All students will receive biological safety training in a class conducted by certified specialists. Students will attend weekly sessions covering various research topics. These will include the history of animal use regulations and details about the approval process, intellectual property and entrepreneurship, research ethics and honesty, careers in research, best practices for laboratory record keeping, experiment planning and design, effective use of library resources, statistical analysis, manuscript preparation, development of PowerPoint presentations, and techniques for effective public speaking. Students will attend a two day, on campus, research symposium sponsored by the Comparative and Experimental Medicine Graduate and Public Health programs. The symposium, held mid-June, currently in its fifth year, will feature research presentations, a research career themed workshop, and keynote speaker. Students will also participate in a field trip to the Knoxville Zoo with a guided tour conducted by the zoo veterinarian. The studentsí research experience will include a presentation of their work to peers, mentors, faculty and staff in a symposium setting at the UTCVM. Students will also participate in the 2014 MVSP Symposium at Cornell.


Dr. Stephen A. Kania
College of Veterinary Medicine
A205 Veterinary Medical Center
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: (865)974-5576

Dr. Linda A. Frank
College of Veterinary Medicine
C247 Veterinary Medical Center
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: (865)974-8387

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