Professional Development

The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences offers professional development opportunities to all graduate students throughout the year. When opportunities are offered, an announcement will be sent to all graduate students. Below are some examples of professional development opportunities that we have offered in the past.

Advanced Developmental Training Initiative

The Advanced Developmental Training Initiative for graduate (PhD and Masters) students that will support a substantial part of their travel within the US (and possibly international if appropriate) for the following purposes:

  1. to attend short courses/training that are high caliber (example: Cold Spring Harbor Course series)
  2. to attend conferences that are equivalent to e.g., Gordon Conferences (i.e., targeting frontier research and its application in specific areas)
  3. to visit national laboratories of international eminence that are conducting leading/cutting-edge research (e.g., Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, NIH Institutes, etc.) and obtain training in specific techniques from which the incumbent and the mentor’s laboratory can substantially benefit

The initiative will support other similar possibilities but will NOT support travel for “routine” conferences for poster/oral presentations (some funds for the latter will be available through the Graduate Student Association – GSA).

The GOAL of this funding is to:

  1. encourage graduate students to attend high-end courses, training and conferences that have the potential to substantially enhance their learning/knowledge,
  2. gain experience in laboratories outside the mentor’s lab to
    • learn novel techniques that will considerably augment their thesis research
    • add a new dimension to the mentor’s laboratory (by bringing in experience in a new technology)
    • gain perspective and learning/research experience in a laboratory outside mentor’s lab

CVM Graduate Student Core Facility Experiential Learning Program

This CVM Graduate Student Core Facility Experiential Learning Program seeks to enhance experience with research applications that utilize both equipment and expertise of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Genomics and Bioinformatics Laboratory and/or CVM Image Analysis Laboratory This program will provide user fees for utilization of these Core Facilities.

Core facility leadership will provide trainees with mentored assistance to develop a scope of work that integrates experimental design, instrument/applications training and data analysis. Proposal requests can be for up to $2,500 for the Texas A&M AgriLife Genomics and Bioinformatics service and up to $1,000 for CVM Image Analysis Laboratory services.

CVM Graduate Student Research Trainee Grant Program

The CVM and Texas A&M University have a keen interest in your education and career development.  An essential step in your career development is learning how to obtain funding for your research.  It is vitally important to develop grant-writing skills at an early stage in your career because you will almost inevitably be faced with this challenge in the future.  Also, I cannot stress enough that a funded grant makes a powerful statement on your CV, especially when applying for postdoctoral research positions.

For the seventh year, I am pleased to announce the availability of the CVM Graduate Student Trainee Research Grants. These research grants will provide $5,000 to each trainee and will be evaluated through a competitive process. The proposals will be reviewed by an experienced committee of reviewers that will only recommend funding of proposals that show strong potential to compete for funding at the state or national level. The proposals must target emerging research areas in clinical and applied/basic sciences, and current research priorities within various funding agencies.  Only outstanding proposals will be funded.  If the review committee does not feel exceptional proposals have been submitted, then they will hold back the funds for the awards not filled.  The grant will serve as seed money to generate preliminary data and is an incentive to aggressively prepare and submit proposals to various extramural federal and state agencies and foundations/associations. While you will be working very closely with your mentor in the preparation of the proposal for this RFP, if successful in obtaining the CVM grant, interaction with the faculty advisors of the Graduate Student Association and other highly experienced and successful PIs within the college during the next phase of submissions will be strongly encouraged.

We greatly value your contributions to the research enterprise of the college and take great pride in the excellent work you all are doing. Through this RFP, we would like to be a part of your training and future success.

CVM GSA Travel Awards

Information about the GSA Travel Awards can be found here: