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Summer Research Training Program

The Student Summer Research Program at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine provides veterinary students with an opportunity to perform mentored research over the summer months within the context of a structured educational framework, thereby introducing them to career options based in biomedical science.

Important Dates:

Application Due: February 7, 2022
Finalized Mentor Assignments: March 7, 2022
Summer Research Program: May 31st to August 19th
Boehringer Conference: August 4-7, 2022 (University of Minnesota)


  • First- and second-year veterinary students in good academic standing are eligible to participate in the program.
  • Activities include training in responsible conduct of research, formulating a hypothesis/experimental plan, ensuring rigor and reproducibility of data, and critical review of the literature.
  • Opportunities will be available to participate in organized field trips to visit unique facilities including the New England Regional Biocontainment Laboratory, the Division of Comparative Medicine at MIT, biomedical research entities, and contract research organizations.
  • Students are required to participate in the weekly Summer Research Seminar Series featuring veterinarians actively engaged in biomedical research across academic centers and the biotechnology sector.
  • Following program completion, students will submit a final written report summarizing their findings and contribute to manuscript preparation and editing with their mentors.
  • All students participate in the Annual Research Day at Cummings School where they showcase their research findings through poster presentations.

Summer Research Training Program Awards

See 2021 Summer Research Training Programs Awards here.