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 2015 program will be from June 1 through August 5, 2015. 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.
Application Information: The VIP application is live October 1 - APPLY NOW. The essay questions for the application must be uploaded in the 'Required Documents' section of the application; to access in word format please click here.
Application Review Process
The VIP Advisory Committee reviews the student applications with respect to academic performance, references, level of commitment, interest, and drive. Preference will be given to applicants with no prior research experience. 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 BW73@cornell.edu or 607.253.3755.