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Eligibility & Application



First- and second-year professional veterinary student in good academic standing are eligible. The program's mission is to introduce veterinary students to research and research careers. Most positions will be reserved for those who have no experience beyond undergraduate research. There will be a limited number of positions for those who have previously participated in the VMSRTP (or similar program) and for those who have completed a MS (with thesis) or PhD. If in doubt regarding your eligibility, contact Dr. Smith (979-845-5167).

Mentor Selection

Students will select a mentor for the summer program prior to applying. See the list of potential mentors. One informational lunch in the fall is devoted to discussions about selecting a mentor. Program coordinators (Drs. Smith, Kier, Long, & Burghardt) will also meet with all potential applicants to assist in mentor selection.


The on-line application requires a user name and password. After registering, you will be able to edit or complete your application, by using the same name and password, at any time up to the deadline.

Students from colleges other than Texas A&M are encouraged to apply. Please contact Dr. Smith (979-845-5167) for information and assistance with identifying a Faculty Mentor.

In addition to the on-line application, Please request a letter from your Associate Dean providing (1) a statement of your good standing in the professional curriculum at your College, (2) your pre-professional GPA, (3) your professional GPA, and (4) your present class ranking. The letter should be received by Friday, February 5, 2015 and addressed to:

Dr. Robert Burghardt, Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies
Attention: VMSRTP Program 2016
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M University
TAMU 4461
College Station, TX 77843-4461

Selection Criteria. The applications will be reviewed and evaluated on a competitive basis by a Selection Committee. Factors that will be considered are :

  • academic performance
  • probable research project (clarity of hypothesis & significance; students’ demonstrated understanding of the project)
  • statements of motivation and expectations
  • recommendation from proposed faculty mentor

Notification of Acceptance into the VMSRTP Program. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application within 2-3 weeks of the application deadline.