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Summer Research Training Program

Discover if research is the right career path for you.

The Summer Research Training Program offers mentored training for veterinary students in biomedical research through a 12-week paid summer immersion experience.

The goal of the Summer Research Training Program is to foster the development of the next generation of veterinary research scientists.

Variety of Research Projects

A variety of research projects are available each summer, including ones which focus on infectious and parasitic diseases, respiratory physiology, equine medicine, toxicology, pharmacology, biomarkers and clinical research topics. Students who have participated in the program in the past have given it high marks for being fun, exciting and beneficial to their career development.

Faculty Mentors

Each summer, 10-15 first and second year veterinary students complete a research project under the direction of a faculty mentor.

View the list of faculty mentors.

Program Dates for 2020

Program begins May 11, 2020 and officially ends August 2, 2020.

OSU College of Veterinary Medicine SRTP Poster Day is tentatively scheduled for July 27, 2020.

The 2020 National Veterinary Scholars Symposium will be hosted by Western University and UCSD on July 31–Aug. 2, 2020.  

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Learn how to apply to the Summer Research Training Program.

About the Program

The Summer Research Training Program has been in place at the College of Veterinary Medicine since 1995.

The cornerstone of the program is the summer research project that each student conducts under the direction of a faculty mentor in a research laboratory at Oklahoma State University or other affiliated institution. The project is designed so that it can be completed during the summer and so that the results warrant presentation at a national meeting or publication in a scientific journal. At the conclusion of the summer the students present the findings from their research projects to the veterinary college community during our annual Research Day; participating students also have the opportunity to attend a national research symposium where they interact with faculty and students involved in similar programs at other veterinary schools in North America.

The program also holds a weekly seminar series that exposes students to critically important research topics such as research ethics, experimental design, and analysis and presentation of data. Training is provided on career development, with topics ranging from preparation of an effective curriculum vita to achieving a satisfying balance between professional work and personal life. Students who have participated in the program in the past have given it high marks for being fun, exciting and beneficial to their career development.

Past Programs 

2020 Summer Research Training Program

2019 Summer Research Training Program

2018 Summer Research Training Program

2017 Summer Research Training Progarm


The OSU College of Veterinary Medicine is pleased and grateful to announce the support in the amount of $10,000 from Boehringer Ingelheim for the 2020 Summer Research Training Program. Boehringer Ingelheim supports veterinary student research training through its Veterinary Scholars ProgramBoehringer Ingelheim will also support the 2020 National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, hosted by The University of California - San Diego, Western University College of Veterinary Medicine and the AVMA on July 31-Aug. 2, 2020.

Other funding is provided by PetSmart Charities, the Morris Animal Foundation and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine.