DVM students have two opportunities to train in Biomedical Research. The Empire State Veterinary Student Stem Cell Research Training Program through NYSTEM and a Training Grant for Veterinary Students in Animal-Orientation Hypothesis-Based Research offered through the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
1. NYSTEM Training Grant
The objective of the Empire State Veterinary Student Stem Cell Research Training Program (NYSTEM) is to provide rigorous laboratory training in stem cell science for veterinary students during a one year research fellowship. The program endeavors to foster the development of uniquely trained veterinary scientists by immersing them in a stem cell project where they will develop theoretical excellence, learn investigative skills and make novel contributions to the field of stem cell biology throughout their careers. For more information see press release here.
Applications are due Friday, November 16, 2012 to the Office of Graduate Education via email. The selection process is completed by the Executive Committee comprised of three faculty members associated with the Program. Acceptance to the program is based upon:
Eligibility - Second year students who are finishing Block 4 or Third year students completing Block 5B are eligible to apply.
2. Training Grant
The NIH training grant for Veterinary Students goal is "to develop or enhance animal-oriented, hypothesis-based biomedical research training opportunities for individuals pursuing a degree in veterinary medicine (D.V.M. or V.M.D.). The purpose of this program is to help ensure that highly trained comparative medical scientists will be available to meet collaborative research needs in animal-based, medical research." (taken from the NIH website for this Program Announcement)
The objective of the program is to introduce veterinary students to biomedical research in order to enhance their skills as veterinarians and expand future career opportunities to include research as well as clinically based choices.
The objective of this continuing program is to provide veterinary students with an opportunity to engage in hypothesis-based biomedical research during the formative stages of their education. Veterinarians, and the veterinary profession in general, have much to contribute to scientific discovery in medical disciplines. An education in veterinary medicine is inherently broad-based and comparative. Veterinary students are trained to integrate medical literature from a variety of sources dealing with the full array of animal species, using problem solving and comparative approaches to evaluate disease pathogenesis and therapeutic strategies from molecular mechanisms through whole animal clinical features. As such, an education in veterinary medicine provides a solid and broad foundation upon which to develop a focused area of scientific expertise. Helping veterinary students discover this synergy and enhancing their interest in biomedical research is the goal of the current training proposal.
The program will center on the trainee working full-time in a research laboratory, conducting experiments with the guidance and direct supervision of a faculty mentor. Disciplines represented by participating Cornell University faculty include infectious diseases, genetics, physiology, cancer biology, reproductive biology, toxicology, and food safety. Supporting sessions will include seven research information modules delivered in a small group discussion format with a special emphasis on animal-based experimental systems. Module topics include:
Students will also complete a graduate course focused on ethics and professional responsibilities of research scientists. Structured time outside of the laboratory, however, will not exceed two hours in any given week. Students will present their research findings in one of several formats, including local seminars and/or attendance at a National meeting (travel to be funded by the Program).
Support for individual students lasts for one year and includes a stipend (set by the NIH) as well as tuition, fees and student health insurance for the Fellowship year. Start dates are flexible.
|Dorothy Ainsworth||Julia Bevilaqua Felippe||David Lin||David Russell|
|Douglas Antczak||Joanne Fortune||Alexander Nikitin||Ynte Schukken|
|Judith Appleton||Lisa Fortier||Colin Parrish||Marci Scidmore|
|Joel Baines||Michael Kotlikoff||Mark Roberson||Alexander Travis|
|Richard Cerione||Martin Wiedmann|
Admissions to the Program
The selection process is completed by the Executive Committee comprised of four (4) faculty members associated with the Program. Acceptance to the program is based upon:
Any Cornell veterinary student who has completed either the first, second or third year of the Veterinary Curriculum is eligible to apply. In addition, students admitted into the Cornell Dual DVM/PhD Degree Program are eligible to apply. Only pre-doctoral students are eligible.