CZR Veterinary Student Summer Training at University of Illinois

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Summer Research Training Program for Veterinary Students

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is participation in the program a full-time commitment?
A: Yes, the program is a full-time commitment. You are expected to work 40 hours per week during the program. By accepting a traineeship in the Summer Research Training Program, it is expected that you will not participate in other programs or expect vacation time during the program's 10-week duration.

Q:  What will my hours and schedule be?
A:  Hours and scheduling will vary depending on your project (for example, lab work vs. field work) and are determined by your mentor.

Q: Can I hold another job as long as it does not interfere with the Summer Research Trining Program?
A: Many students use the summer to earn as much money as they can to finance their education and living expenses.  It is common for students who are participating in the Summer Research Training Program to hold a part-time job, either on or off campus.  These students work in the evenings or on weekends, when they are not committed to their research project.  Because of the way that the Summer Research Training Program pays its stipends, students who hold an hourly job on the university campus cannot work more than 6 hours per week at the other campus job.  Failure to disclose the second job will delay processing of paychecks.

Q: Is my summer stipend taxable?
Funds may be considered taxable income to the recipient, but are not reported as taxable income by the University on Forms W-2 or 1099-MISC.  Taxability of the stipend depends on personal circumstances, so it is advisable to consult with a tax professional for advice on your own situation.

: Do I need to choose a mentor prior to applying?
A: No. Mentors and students are matched based on the student’s statement of interests and the research projects available in a given year. You should not select a mentor prior to completing an application.