Veterinary Investigator 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 $5,170 will be awarded to successful candidates. Partial support is provided by Boehringer Ingelheim. The 2020 program will be from June 1 through August 7, with final reports due by August 7th. Participation in the program requires a full-time commitment. 

Faculty Mentor Selection

A list of previous VIP mentors can be viewed on the VIP Mentors webpage. 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. The Program Director, Dr. Robert Weiss, 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 the 2020 Boehringer Ingelheim-NIH Veterinary Scholar Program Symposium, which will be hosted by San Diego UCSD & AVMA (dates TBD)
  • A more detailed description of the program components can be downloaded

Application Information


Deadline to submit application Friday, January 17th midnight EST.
In-person 15 minute interviews will be held on December 6th for current Cornell DVM students.

Please use this cover sheet for your letters of reference:

Mentor/Employer Evaluation cover sheet (word doc)
Mentor/Employer Evaluation cover sheet (PDF)

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 will be notified as soon as possible.

Need More Information?   

Questions regarding the Cornell Veterinary Investigator Program should be directed to Arla Hourigan ( 607.253.4448

2019 Veterinary Investigators Program Participants
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