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Research Opportunities

Merck-Merial & Biomedical Research Scholars

The Summer Research Scholars Program exposes veterinary students to careers in research. Interest in these careers is stimulated by providing active research experience through a summer project and by exposing students to successful role models in both the academic and industry side of animal health and biomedical research.

Veterinary students participating in the program are paired with the best faculty and placed in a dynamic research setting. They receive financial support for their work and gain experience in research design, collection of data, statistical analysis, data interpretation, and presentation of research results. For more information, visit the web site for the CVM Summer Research Scholar Programs.


Mentorships provide opportunities for students to experience professional life by working with veterinarians who've agreed to serve as mentors. Mentorships may be of variable lengths of time and are not taken for academic credit. These on-the-job experiences usually take place during the summer after students complete their first or second year in veterinary school. The possibilities may arise for non-seniors to schedule mentorships during the block of time at the semester break.

The Student Services staff at the College helps coordinate mentorship opportunities. Many of these are arranged with veterinarians who are ISU alumni. Veterinarians from student's home communities are often eager to serve as mentors, as well as a wide-range of others in the profession.