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Eligibility & Application


Applications are now being accepted for Summer, 2018.
[Online Application]

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 left).

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 addressed to:

Dr. Robert Burghardt, Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies
Attention: VMSRTP Program 2018
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M University
TAMU 4461
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 Dr. Kier (979-862-1509).

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. Gaddy, Kier, Long, Smith, Vemulapalli, & Burghardt) will also meet with all potential applicants to assist in mentor selection.

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