Summer Scholar Program Application

Veterinary Research 2022 Program

To expedite the application process, be sure to have all information gathered before beginning. You will need: Your project choices, Your resume/CV, two references, and your brief personal statement. More information on all these required documents, the program, and the project abstracts are available below. If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact Karen Barker:

2022 Program Key Dates

  • Applications close: 2/14/2022
  • Decisions made: by end of March 2022
  • Program dates: 5/19/2022-8/17/2022
  • Orientation dates (required): 5/19-5/20
  • National Veterinary Scholar Symposium (NVSS) (required for some): 8/3-8/6/2022 (pending)
  • CVM Research Day (required): 8/17/2022
  • This is not a full calendar of program dates.

Annual CVM Summer Scholar Research Day
The National Veterinary Scholar Symposium (NVSS) will be held at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis this year.Determinations regarding the NVSS and the Annual CVM Research Day are still in process.

Learn more about the program
2022 Program Brochure
Frequently Asked Questions


  • The program is open to first- and second-year veterinary students enrolled in any of the 30 U.S. colleges and schools of veterinary medicine
  • Students from overseas institutions area also considered for participation
  • Students enrolled in graduate programs are NOT eligible to participate
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher is required
  • Preference is given to applicants who have not previously participated in the program

CVM Summer Scholar Research Program is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, Boehringer Ingelheim, Iowa Livestock Health Advisory Council (ILHAC), and additional funds at the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine. Each scholar will receive $517.00 per week for the entire 13-week program (1 week of vacation is allowed, but must be approved by scholar's faculty mentor).

Application Procedures
Applications are now closed

Research Scholar On-line application will request the following information:

  • A brief resume which includes your GPA
  • Names and phone numbers of two references
  • One-page personal statement (related to the research program -- what you bring to the program or hope to gain as a participant)

Selection Criteria
Matches are made based on a combination of the student’s GPA, funding availability and criteria, and faculty and student interest. All attempts are made to match the student’s with their 1st choice project.

  • GPA and academic performance
  • Work and research interests/experience
  • Stated long-term goals
  • Communication skills
  • Potential for success

Deadline for faculty mentor abstracts: Mid-January each year.
Early in January each year completed Mentor Abstract forms are to be submitted via email (click here) to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University. Mentors, please indicate on the form if you have discussed your project with a potential scholar.

Match with Research Mentors
The match between a Research Scholar and a Faculty Mentor is central to the Summer Scholar Research experience. Once students are selected as Research Scholars, several steps occur to create the appropriate match.

Faculty mentors will have submitted a research abstract describing an important problem to be investigated and specific aims associated with the proposed research project. Then:

  1. Current year's Mentor Abstracts will be uploaded into the CVM Summer Scholar Research Program online application form by mid-January each year.
  2. The scholars are required to rank their top six preferences for participating mentors/projects. Please complete the project rankings section in the Summer Scholar online application.
  3. If mutually agreed upon and ample funding is available, matches are made by the program directors.
  4. The student applicants will be notified about the matching process via email.

Project Abstracts

Below are the three sets of abstracts for available projects in the 2022 CVM Summer Scholar program. Remember that you must choose at least one project from each set of abstracts.


To expedite the application process, be sure to have all information gathered before beginning. You will need: Your project choices, Your resume/CV, two references, and your brief personal statement.If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact Karen Barker: 

Nondiscrimination Policy
Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran. Inquiries can be directed to the Director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, 3680 Beardshear Hall, (515) 294-7612.

Faculty Program Director
Dr. Bradley Blitvich, 515-294-9861,

Faculty Program co-Director
Dr. Jodi Smith, 515-294-9013,

Program Coordinator
Karen Barker, 515-294-4348,


The Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Research Award Program for Graduate Veterinarians

This research award program is open to veterinarians who have completed graduate research or residency programs and provides a $2500 honorarium and the opportunity to present her/his research at the 2020 BIVSP Symposium at San Diego UCSD and Western University. For additional details on this research award please go to the Boehringer Ingelheim Scholars Web site here.

Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program

Scholar applicants, please use the PDF files in the links above to list at least your top six projects on your application,with at least 1 abstract coming from each group (A-C.) Your application is not considered complete without these rankings. At the top of each abstract is a designation (ex: A1 - Dr. Blitvich) which indicates the group, abstract number, and principal investigator for the project. This designation is intended to assist you with finding the matching opportunity on the survey. Please contact if you have any questions.

Note: Attendance on “Required Dates” listed above is mandatory for participation in the program. This program is a full-time stipend. Any vacation time beyond one week, or outside work which does not allow the participant to work full-time for this program, will not be allowed. If you are notified by one of the faculty facilitating this program that you have been matched with a participating faculty mentor, you agree that once you accept this spot in the program, you will complete the 13-week project and fully participate in the Summer Scholar Research Program.