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Veterinary Investigators Program (VIP)

Program Details

The Veterinary Investigator Program is a 10-week summer program designed to provide incoming Cornell students and first and second-year veterinary students with a rigorous and rewarding exposure to biomedical research at the highest level of inquiry and to motivate students to pursue the study of research problems that are relevant to veterinary medicine. Cornell DVM students are encouraged to apply, however, a limited number of spaces are also reserved for external veterinary students.

In addition to a hands‐on research experience in their mentor's laboratory, it is expected that students will participate in all associated lab activities and VIP specific sessions and events. Students lacking a background in research, but displaying enthusiasm and curiosity, are especially encouraged to apply.

Stipend support of $5,000 will be awarded to successful candidates. Partial support is provided by Boehringer Ingelheim. The 2018 program will be from May 30 through August 5, 2018, with final reports due by August 8th. Participation in the program requires a full-time commitment. 

Faculty Mentor Selection

A list of previous VIP mentors can be viewed here. All faculty members at the Cornell’s CVM are eligible to accept a student in the program and asked to submit a project proposal, thus students are not restricted to any participating faculty list. In the application, students will be required to identify three faculty with whom they are interested in working, along with the applicant's top three areas of interest. This does not guarantee the student will be matched with the faculty member they choose. The Program Director, Dr. Bettina Wagner, will assist with identifying the appropriate faculty/student match. 

Program Components

  • An intensive research experience including state-of-the-art experimental methodology.
  • Special critical reasoning sessions designed to allow students to solve a research problem.
  • Weekly lunch seminar series that is designed to cover current and emerging research techniques. 
  • Professional ethics and introduction to grant writing sessions.
  • Laboratory exploration with other students in the program.
  • Social events to foster interaction and sense of community.
  • Career path panel discussion.
  • Formal oral presentations to CVM community at closure of program.
  • Attendance and presentation at he 2018 Boehringer Ingelheim-NIH Veterinary Scholar Program Symposium, which will be hosted by Texas A&M University, in College Station, TX, August 2 – 5, 2018.
  • A more detailed description of the program components can be downloaded 

Application Information

2018 VIP Online Application

Deadline to submit application is Sunday, February 11, 2018, 12:00 midnight EST.

Application Review Process

The VIP Advisory Committee reviews the student applications with respect to academic performance, references, level of commitment, interest, and drive.  Applicants with no prior research experience are encouraged to apply. In addition, based on the faculty research proposals submitted, the Advisory Committee will make two faculty mentor suggestions for each successful student applicant. Mentors will be contacted with student application materials for confirmation of willingness to accept student as a trainee. Students whose applications are funded are notified by late-March of their award.

Need More Information?   

Questions regarding the Cornell Veterinary Investigator Program should be directed to Arla Hourigan (aj96@cornell.edu) 607.253.3276

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