Eligibility & Application
Applications for Summer, 2018, will
open in mid-November.
The application is 3 pages (screens). Be sure to click the
"Submit" button on the last page, even if you have not completed
the application. When you click "Submit", the information you
entered is saved and emailed to you (if you entered an email
address). The message will contain a link that allows you to return
and complete or edit your application up to the deadline. Please
save that message and link.
Download a Word
version of the application to compose your responses.
This is NOT the application; the application is
online at the link above (and in the navigation column to the
Students from colleges other than Texas A&M
are encouraged to apply. Please contact Dr. Smith (979-845-5167) or Dr. Kier (979-862-1509) 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 3, 2017 and
Dr. Robert Burghardt, Associate Dean
for Research & Graduate Studies
Attention: VMSRTP Program 2018
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-4461
or emailed to Ms. Lauren Pluhar.
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.
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) or
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. Gaddy, Kier, Long, Smith, Vemulapalli, &
Burghardt) will also meet with all potential applicants to assist
in mentor selection.
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
- statements of motivation and expectations
- recommendation from proposed faculty mentor