…the work I contributed to a project even landed my name as a co-author on a paper that will soon be published… Research is definitely something I want to keep in mind as I pursue a residency and a future in academia.
Teddy Hristova, Class of 2018
The Summer Research Training Program at Illinois is one of many similar programs nationally and internationally and is funded in part by the National Institutes of Health and Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program. Students receive a stipend for participation in the program.
During the 10-week program, students are expected to:
- Work on a research project in the mentor’s laboratory for 40 hours per week
- Complete training modules to learn about laboratory safety and the use of animals and human subjects in research
- Complete training in the ethical conduct of scientific research
- Attend a seminar series covering topics from research compliance to career opportunities and career planning. Careers in academia, industry, and government are discussed
- Participate in a scientific writing series; prepare an abstract, a poster presentation and a short manuscript
- Participate in a field trip to pharmaceutical companies; visit veterinary students in the summer research program at Purdue University
- Write a research abstract and submit it to the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium
- Present a research poster at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium
If you have questions regarding the application process, please send an email to the Program Director (SRTP@vetmed.illinois.edu) prior to submitting an application.
2019 Summer Research Training Program Information
- The program will begin on Monday, May 13, and end on Friday, July 19, 2019.
- The National Veterinary Scholars Symposium will be held in Boston from July 25 to 28, 2019.
- Students will receive a stipend of $5067.50 for participation in the program.
- Complete the online application form by January 14, 2019.
- Enrollment in the first or second year of veterinary school at the time of application.
- Career interests that would benefit from research training. (Veterinary students from other universities are encouraged to apply).
- Complete the online application form.
- The application deadline for the program is January 14, 2019.
- All applications will be reviewed by the program’s Scientific Steering Committee.
- The student-mentor matching process will begin immediately after the application deadline and continue until all places in the program are filled.
- Students will be matched with mentors based on the student’s statement of interests and availability of research projects. Applicants may learn about potential mentors under “Meet our Mentors” (below).
- Students will be notified of a potential match in the program and will meet with the mentor to discuss possible research projects. Following that meeting, the student and mentor will provide feedback to the program’s committee to indicate whether they have agreed to work together.
Other Summer Research Opportunities
View the list of institutions participating in the Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program.
See the summer opportunities available through Morris Animal Foundation.
Orientation and Seminar Schedule for 2018
Program Overview (Dr. Lois Hoyer, Nikki Clarkson, Emily Loveland) 10 am Mentor/Trainee Responsibilities and Relationships (Dr. Jodi Flaws, SURETox Program Co-Director, Professor of Comparative Biosciences) 11 am PubMed for Researchers (Peg Burnette, Assistant Professor, Grainger Engineering Library and Information Center) Tue.,
Human Subjects in Research (Jennifer Ford, IRB Specialist, Office for the Protection of Research Subjects) 10 am Animal Use in Research (Dr. Rebecca Chafel, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee) 11 am Responsible Authorship and Publication/Peer Review (Dr. Romana Nowak, SURETox Program Co-Director, Professor of Animal Sciences) Wed.,
Conflict of Interest – Personal, Professional, and Financial (Dr. Lois Hoyer) 10 am Research Misconduct and Policies for Handling Misconduct (Dr. Christopher Lehmann, Research Integrity Officer, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research) Thurs.,
Field Trip to Pharmaceutical Companies (Indianapolis area)
May 29 4 PM: How to Prepare for a Poster Session (Billy Tringali, University Library)
5 PM: What is Your Hypothesis?/Writing a Methods Section (Dr. Lois Hoyer)
June 5 4 PM: Collaborative Research Roundtable Discussion (Dr. Tim Fan, Professor of Veterinary Clinical Medicine; Dr. Justin Rhodes, Associate Professor of Psychology)
5 PM: Data Acquisition and Laboratory Tools/Data Management, Sharing, and Ownership (Erin Kerby, Veterinary Medicine Librarian)
June 12 4 PM: Careers in Laboratory Animal Medicine (Dr. Sarah Allison, Associate Director, Division of Animal Resources)
5 PM: Writing a Scientific Abstract (Dr. Lois Hoyer)
June 26 All-day visit from Purdue’s Veterinary Summer Research Program participants
Note: We are the hosts for this visit. Each trainee will play a role in the visit, either as a tour guide, hosting a station in the Clinical Skills Learning Center, or helping to lead the scientific writing exercise session.
July 3 4 – 6 PM: Scientific Writing (focused on your poster and short manuscript) July 10 4 – 6 PM: Mentor-Student Meal
Discussion of Contemporary Issues in Biomedical Research focused on the book Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions by Richard Harris (ISBN-13: 978-0465097906)
Discussion led by program mentors
July 17 4 – 6 PM: Careers Discussion with Program Alumni
Meet our Mentors
A listing of program mentors is provided below. Additional mentors may be added to this list to accommodate student research interests.
Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Department of Animal Biology
Department of Animal Sciences
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Department of Comparative Biosciences
- Dr. Indrani Bagchi
- Dr. Aditi Das
- Dr. Jodi Flaws
- Dr. CheMyong (Jay) Ko
- Dr. Megan Mahoney
- Dr. Prabu Reddi
- Dr. Susan Schantz
- Dr. Michael Spinella
- Dr. Jing Yang
Department of Chemistry
Department of Entomology
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
- Dr. Sharon Donovan
- Dr. John Erdman
- Dr. Elizabeth Jeffery
- Dr. Michael Miller
- Dr. Manabu Nakamura
- Dr. Kelly Tappenden
Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
Department of Microbiology
Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Department of Pathobiology
- Dr. Md Tauqeer Alam
- Dr. Lois Hoyer
- Dr. Keith Jarosinski
- Dr. Gee Lau
- Dr. Carol Maddox
- Dr. Rebecca Smith
- Dr. Sumiti Vinayak
- Dr. William Witola
- Dr. Dongwan Yoo
Department of Psychology
Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
- Dr. Brian Aldridge
- Dr. Matt Allender
- Dr. Igor Canisso
- Dr. Timothy Fan
- Dr. Katie Fleming
- Dr. Jon Foreman
- Dr. Kari Foss
- Dr. Devon Hague
- Dr. Tisha Harper
- Dr. Stephanie Keating
- Dr. Krista Keller
- Dr. Fabio Lima
- Dr. Jim Lowe
- Dr. Bianca Da Costa Martins
- Dr. Annette McCoy
- Dr. Maureen McMichael
- Dr. Jason Pieper
- Dr. Jennifer Reinhart
- Dr. Kim Selting
- Dr. Matthew Stewart
- Dr. Karen Terio
- Dr. Leyi Wang
- Dr. Julia Whittington
Is participation in the program a full-time commitment?
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 10-week program.
What will my hours and schedule be?
Hours and scheduling will vary depending on your project (for example, lab work vs. field work) and are determined by your mentor. 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 10-week program.
Can I hold another job as long as it does not interfere with the Summer Research Training Program?
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.
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?
No. In fact, you should not select a mentor prior to completing an application. Mentors and students are matched based on the student’s statement of interests and the research projects available in a given year.