Biological and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

VIP 2015  


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 the Merial Veterinary Scholars Program. The 2016 program will be from June 1 through August 5, 2016, with final reports due by August 12th. Participation in the program requires a full-time commitment. 

Faculty Mentor Selection:   To apply to the program, students interested in performing biomedical research are encouraged to discuss research ideas with Cornell CVM faculty. A list of previous VIP mentors can be viewed on the Faculty Mentor Selection page. All faculty members at the Cornell’s CVM are eligible to accept a student in the program, thus students are not restricted to any participating faculty list. The Program Director, Dr. Bettina Wagner, can assist students in identifying faculty with interests compatible with theirs, or students can identify a faculty mentor through information available at the various Cornell web pages. 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. 

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.
  • field trips that showcase research in industry.
  • career path panel discussion.
  • formal oral presentations to CVM community at closure of program.
  • attendance and presentation at the Merial-NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium. 
  • A more detailed description of the program components can be downloaded

Application Information: 
2016 VIP Application. Deadline to submit is Friday, February 12, 2016.

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 Dr. Bettina Wagner, Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Education at or 607.253.3755 or Cindy Grey, Graduate Education Coordinator, or 607.253.3276