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Veterinary Research Scholars Program

The Veterinary Research Scholars Program at Kansas State University is a 3 month summer research experience where veterinary students are paired with faculty researchers to conduct summer research.  The goal of the Veterinary Research Scholars Program is to introduce veterinary students to biomedical research through an engaging summer experience and to encourage these talented veterinary professional students to enter veterinary careers involving research. There are many excellent faculty researchers who mentor scholars in this program, both within the College of Veterinary Medicine and across the Kansas State University campus.  Throughout the summer, scholars work with their mentors day-to-day to learn laboratory techniques and various procedures for data collection, and participate in weekly journal clubs and interactive workshops to learn about research ethics, how to present research findings, and veterinary career opportunities involving research.  Scholars will also meet veterinary researchers from corporate and government settings and tour various facilities to learn about the many opportunities available to veterinarians. At the end of the summer, scholars will present their research as a poster at our KSU Summer Research Poster Session and at the National Veterinary Research Symposium. 

Please enjoy this brief video (4min) describing the VRSP program: 

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Download the Program Brochure pdf (PDF)


Program Director: Dr. Kate KuKanich, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
kstenske@vet.k-state.edu; Q213-Mosier Hall, 785-532-4282

Program Assistant: Barb Turner
Bturner3@vet.k-state.edu; 785-532-4500

EVENTS

  • Oct 16 - Pizza Luncheon, N202 Mosier, learn about the program and application process
  • Jan 22 - Pizza Luncheon, meet and greet mentors, learn about research projects and labs
  • Feb 7 - Application Deadline
  • Mar 6 - Scholar Selections Announced
  • May 18 - VRSP Begins, kick-off lunch and activities
  • July 28 - KSU Poster Session
  • July 31-Aug 2 - National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, Western University, San Diego, CA
  • Aug 9 - VRSP Concludes