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Veterinary Research Scholars Program Application
College of Veterinary Medicine
Kansas State University

Visit our web page: http://www.vet.k-state.edu/research/vet-scholar/apply.html for a printable application, a list of mentors accepting students for the coming summer, and an extensive description of the Veterinary Research Scholars Program. PLEASE NOTE: applications can be emailed to bturner3@vet.k-state.edu or kstenske@vet.k-state.edu.


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By signing this document, you are granting your permission to share your dossier with the funding sponsors as well as faculty members of the College of Veterinary Medicine who comprise the Program Advisory Committee.

Additional Required Information

I. Statement of Goals

Please provide a personal statement (not to exceed two pages) discussing the following:

A. Why you are interested in becoming a summer research scholar?

1. What has motivated you to participate in the Veterinary Research Scholars Program? What would you like to gain from the research program?

2. How would participation in the Veterinary Research Scholars Program advance your future endeavors?

B. Identify a research hypothesis that you would like to test, and describe your interest in this area of biomedical research.


II. Mentor Preference

Provide the names of three faculty research mentors at K-State with whom you would like to be paired if you are chosen to participate in the VRSP this summer.

Faculty Mentor #1:
Faculty Mentor #2:
Faculty Mentor #3:

III. Credentials

A. Academic Information
GRE Date (If Taken):

B. Education and Professional Experience

Attach to this application a resumé or CV that includes the following information:

1) College/University Education: Specify all schools attended and the years of attendance and degree obtained.

2) Academic and Professional Honors: Specify name, purpose, sponsor and date of each award.

3) Work Experience: Include all work experience, whether part-time, full-time, or voluntary.

4) Research Experience, Presentations and Publications: if you have had previous research experience and have presented or published the findings, please provide the relevant citations. Note: the majority of applicants will not have research publications.

5) Personal Interests and Achievements: Activities, hobbies, clubs and organizations.


C. Research Experience

Type of Research Experience Specific Location (university,corporate, etc.) Mentor Hours/week Dates of activity (months/years) Total Hours

D. References

Please ask two individuals familiar with your research potential to submit a letter of reference to Dr. Kate KuKanich (address below). References may include faculty members from Kansas State University or other institutions, industrial scientists, veterinarians, and/or other supervisors/employers. Please provide the names of your references along with their job title and credentials (MS, PhD, DVM, etc.) in the spaces below. The letters of reference should address the following topics:

  • Reference’s general role in interactions with the applicant (research, clinical, classroom/laboratory, mentor, etc.).
  • How long the referee has known the applicant.
  • Place the applicant into a general peer group and rate the applicant against that group.
  • The applicant’s strengths, weaknesses, interest, and potential as a veterinary researcher.
  • Why the applicant would be a participant of 2020 VRSP. Referees can view our website for information about our program: https://www.vet.k-state.edu/research/vet-scholar/index.html
  • Comment on the general character and work ethic of the applicant.

If your references choose to submit electronically, please provide them with the Reference Upload page located here: http://www.vet.k-state.edu/asp/vetscholars/References.aspx

Reference 1:

Reference 2:

E. Transcripts

Attach undergraduate and veterinary college transcripts to this form. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.:


For submission of application or more information, contact:

Dr. Kate KuKanich
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Q213 Mosier Hall, KSU-CVM
Manhattan, KS 66506
Tele: (785) 532-4282
e-mail: kstenske@vet.k-state.edu

US CITIZENS AND PERMANENT RESIDENTS ONLY: The US. Department of Education requires Kansas State University to report on the racial or ethnic composition of its student enrollment, but self- identification is voluntary:

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: Veterinary students with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the Veterinary Research Scholars Program. The VRSP Director (Dr. KuKanich) with work with scholars and mentors so that appropriate laboratory and classroom accommodations can be arranged to ensure a rewarding summer research experience. The KSU Student Access Center (accesscenter@k-state.edu, 785-532-6441) will help facilitate accommodations for scholars. Services are available to students with a wide range of disabilities including, but not limited to, physical disabilities, medical conditions, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, depression, and anxiety.

Notice of Nondiscrimination
Kansas State University is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, national origin, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or other nonmerit reasons, in admissions, educational programs or activities, and employment (including employment of disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam Era), all as required by applicable laws and regulations. Responsibility for coordination of compliance efforts and receipt of inquiries, including those concerning Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 19973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, has been delegated to Jane D. Rowlett, Ph.D., Director, Unclassified Affairs and University Compliance, Kansas State University, 225 Anderson Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506-0124, (785) 532-4392.

If you would like to manually fill out this document and email it in, you can find a printable version here.