Who can apply?

Recently graduated veterinarians, or veterinary students in the summer prior to last year are encouraged to apply, however, students with a strong background in dairy between 2nd and 3rd year are also welcomed to apply.  This includes international students!

Where do I send my application?

Please download the application, fill it out on-line and e-mail your completed PDF to summerdairyinstitute@cornell.edu.

Who do I contact for help?

You can e-mail summerdairyinstitute@cornell.edu.
Dr. Kathryn Bach coordinates SDI and can answer your questions.

What does the cost to the participant cover?

  • Tuition – this helps cover the cost of bringing expert speakers from all over the country, classroom activities, and laboratories.
  • Housing – dorm style housing in a co-ed fraternity house is offered during SDI.  Most students share a room.
  • Meals – the house chef will prepare 4 hot dinners (Mon – Thursday).  There will also be access to cold cuts/sandwich type things for for packing lunch, and bagels/cereal and MILK for breakfast.  We do our best to accommodate special dietary needs/restrictions, just let us know.

How much does SDI cost?

The true cost of SDI is about $5,500 per participant, however, thanks to grants, donations, and collaboration from various people and organizations, the current cost to the participant is $2,900. 

How do I pay?

You can pay with check, wire transfer, or credit card, but please DO NOT e-mail your credit card number! Cornell does not want us to have that information on our servers.  You can call-in or fax with your credit card number.  More details on who/how to pay will be available with your welcome packet.

When will I know if I got in?

All applications will be due by November 15, and acceptance letters will be sent by December 15.

How far away is housing from the institute?

It is a quick 5-minute drive through campus or 15 minute bike ride.

What about parking?

We encourage carpooling, but there is available parking both at the house and at the institute.

What about holidays and weekends, what are the obligations?

Traditionally we have only had 1 weekend lab, but this may change. 
We work through holidays, but try to make it fun!