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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) sponsors a T32
institutional training grant at Texas A&M University to help
produce the next generation of veterinary scientists who will
contribute to the advancement of biomedical research. The program
offers up to three years of training and is designed to culminate
in the PhD degree. In addition to the College of Veterinary
Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, faculty mentors are drawn from
the Colleges of Medicine, Agriculture and Life Sciences, Science,
Liberal Arts, and the Institute of Biosciences and Technology in
Houston. Mentor research areas are broad and include infectious
disease, metabolic disease, toxicology, nutrition, developmental
biology, cancer, and neuroscience. Participating faculty are not
only graduate faculty of departmental graduate programs, but are
often also members of one or more campus-wide Interdisciplinary
Programs in Genetics, Toxicology, Neuroscience, and Nutrition. Texas A&M offers a
very wide selection of graduate courses that allow degree plans to
be tailored to the interests and career aspirations of the
The minimum requirements for application include the DVM degree
and U.S. citizenship or noncitizen national status.
The criteria for selection of trainees include: 1) a demonstrated
interest and experience in a career within biomedical research; 2)
outstanding academic record and GRE scores; 3) residency or
post-DVM experience; 4) strong letters of recommendation; 5)
communication skills; and 6) high professional ethics. The ideal
applicant will have completed a three year residency program and
have transferable graduate course credits. The salary is at
NIH postdoctoral stipend levels, ranging from $37,740 to $52,068
depending on the number of years of postdoctoral experience.
Benefits include health insurance, paid tuition and fees, and
travel support to one national meeting per year if the trainee
gives a presentation at the meeting.
The program is committed to strong mentorship that takes into
consideration the unique and valuable qualities that veterinarians
bring to research. Trainees submit a yearly progress report
to the T32 Program Advisory Committee, and further funding is based
on their progress. After consultation with the trainee's
mentor and the Program Advisory Committee, the Program Director
meets with the trainee to discuss their progress. At the
conclusion of the training program, each trainee is expected
1) Competently discuss hypothesis-driven research in their
2) Critically review current literature.
3) Formulate hypotheses and design sound experiments.
4) Produce high quality research data.
5) Critically analyze results and demonstrate complete
understanding of those results.
6) Engage in effective written and oral communication.
7) Communicate research results in at least 2-3
8) Understand and adhere to compliance issues involving
animal use, laboratory safety, and biosafety.
Applications are accepted year-round. Applicants should submit a
curriculum vitae, letter of goals, a veterinary school transcript,
a graduate school transcript (if applicable) , GRE scores, and a
list of 3 references to Dr. Ann Kier, Program Director, Department
of Veterinary Pathobiology, Texas A&M University, College
Station, TX 77843-4467. Members of minority groups who are
underrepresented in biomedical research are strongly encouraged to
Ann Kier (Program
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843
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