A reception September 2 at the Hotel at Auburn University honored 22 students and their mentors who took part in the Veterinary Scholars Research Program.
The ten-week program allows students to participate in a research laboratory environment with veterinary faculty and scientists. The program’s mission is to expose veterinary students in their first or second year of school to biomedical research and to career opportunities in research.
At the event students spoke about their projects and their experience as scholars. Kim Reid worked with Dr. Dan Givens and Dr. Misty Edmondson. She talked about her encounters with cows (and flies) while testing for the bovine viral diarrhea virus.
Faculty also spoke of their students and their work. Dr. Bruce Smith told the group how Kellie McNamara hit her target on the first try. Kelli’s research project – “Sequencing the Dystrophin cDNA in a New Canine Model of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy” – is to continue at the Scott-Richey Research Center.
Twenty of the students are enrolled in Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine while two attend Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Mary Boudreaux chaired this summer’s program. Chair of the Summer Research Fellowship Committee for 2009-2010 is Dr. R. Curtis Bird.
Co-sponsors include Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine, the Merck-Merial Foundation and the Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Scholars Programs, and individual faculty member’s grants. Four of the students received support from the Morris Animal Foundation and are invited to the foundation’s national conference held in Denver this spring.
For the coming year, the Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Student Scholars Program will award stipends up to $4,000 to veterinary students or nonveterinary graduate students who wish to participate in clinical or basic animal health and/or welfare research.
Associate Dean for Research Dr. Frank F. Bartol, with input from Dr. Bird, will identify applicants from within the CVM and submit the three best applications to the Morris Animal Foundation for final selection. Applications must be received in the office of Research and Graduate Studies by January 22, 2010, to be eligible. For more information contact Dr. Curtis Bird.