Summer Scholars Program

What Veterinarians Know that Physicians Don't

Ted Talk by Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz

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 $5,500 stipend while you learn ($6,200 for T35-funded projects, see below)
  • Attend the international Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Symposium

Get Involved!

Please review the application process and the available projects. Applications for Summer 2022 are due February 4, 2022 (11:59 pm). We welcome applications from eligible students at other veterinary schools. The program is scheduled to begin May 16 and end August 8.

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 Skadron Family Oncology Scholarship (one position): Comparative oncology
• Other center funding is pending and will be posted as available.

2019 summer scholars

2019 Summer Scholars at Tufts University, host of the BI/NIH National Symposium.


Other Research Training Opportunities