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Summer Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program at Johns Hopkins University

The Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology is pleased to offer two Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program fellowships for veterinary students. This is a paid summer research fellowship for veterinary students who have completed their first or second year of veterinary school. Boehringer Ingelheim Scholars will spend 12 weeks doing cutting edge translational research at our world renowned biomedical research university. At the end of their experience, the Scholars will present their research at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium at the NIH in Bethesda, MD.

The deadline for this competitive program is Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Dr. Jeremy Foote

What kind of research projects will I be involved in?

Eligible host labs are led by proven mentors, and have research interests in infectious disease, cancer biology, innate and adaptive immunity, neurology, cardiology, pathophysiology of stress, genetics, RNA biology, exosome biology, and translational pathology of animal models and animal model development. Additional information on select research directions can be found on our faculty webpages ( You will be asked to rank 3 possible research concentrations from the list below, and you will be matched with an appropriate mentor.  

  • Infectious disease
  • Immunology
  • Cancer biology
  • Genetics
  • Neurology

Recent veterinary student summer fellows at Johns Hopkins University have done research projects examining the properties and content of extracellular vesicles in HIV infected patients, developing a novel assay for the detection of residual virus in SIV infected macaques with undetectable plasma viral loads, and defining the role of erbB2 in the pathogenesis of cardiac dysfunction.

Are there organized activities for Scholars?

Yes, in addition to lab meetings and seminars pertinent to your summer research project, Scholars will participate in

  • Coffee and Careers Chats (weekly): In conjunction with our Summer Pathology Fellows and current veterinarian-trainees, Scholars will have an opportunity to meet with accomplished veterinarians in research careers over coffee to talk about their research, their career paths and how their veterinary training has helped to achieve their goals.
  • Departmental Activities in Pathology and Laboratory Animal Medicine (weekly): In conjunction with our Summer Pathology Fellows and current veterinarian-trainees, Scholars will have the opportunity to attend our weekly pathology slide conference (1 hr/wk), laboratory animal medicine rounds (1 hr/wk) and integrated pathology / medicine case reviews (0.5 hr/twice weekly).
  • Field trips to other research facilities.
  • An organized social outing for Scholars, Summer Pathology Fellows and current veterinarian-trainees early in the program.

When is the fellowship?

Monday May 22nd - Friday August, 11th, with the Veterinary Scholars Symposium in the late summer in Bethesda, MD. The Merial fellowship lasts 12 weeks and includes multiple organized activities, so Scholars are expected to take vacation before or after the fellowship dates. Exceptions will be made for students whose veterinary school academic year ends after or begins before the specified dates.

How much does the Fellowship pay?

You will receive a $5400 stipend for 12 weeks of research.

Multi-headed Microscope

Our Summer Scholars work alongside our faculty and postdoctoral fellows, many who are veterinarian-scientists at Johns Hopkins University.

Hopkins is a large medical research university. Will I have the opportunity to interact with other veterinarians?

Absolutely! Johns Hopkins is home to a vibrant community of veterinarians working in biomedical research. We are recruiting 2 Merial Veterinary Scholars for 2017. We will also be hosting 2 veterinary students as Summer Comparative Pathology Fellows. We currently have 3 residents in Laboratory Animal Medicine, 1 resident in Comparative Pathology, 12 veterinarians pursuing postdoctoral fellowships in research and 7 DVM PhD faculty members. 

What is Baltimore like?

Baltimore is a small city with deep history, an exciting arts and music scene, excellent cuisine, and proximity to Washington DC, the beach and the mountains. We are enthusiastic baseball (go Orioles!) and football (the Ravens nation) fans. We enjoy our crabs and our orange crushes, and for some reason we like pirates. We are home to the National Aquarium and the Maryland Zoo. More information can be found at: and

Where will I live?

We recommend looking for sublets through the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine site, and we will put incoming Scholars in touch with current trainees to aid in their evaluation of housing options:


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Summer Scholars 2016, Enjoying Life in BaltimoreSummer Scholars 2017 Enjoying Life in Baltimore
Am I eligible to apply?

To apply, you must

  • Be in your 1st or 2nd year at an accredited veterinary school
  • Be interested in exploring research as a possible career
  • Be enthusiastic to commit 12 weeks of your summer to a research project

You do not need

  • To have done previous research
  • To have presented prior research
  • To be an author on any peer reviewed publications

How do I apply?

Submit the following to our program coordinator, Emma Ey (, by 11:59PM on February 3rd, 2017:

  1. Your contact information, including your full name, current address, the name of your veterinary school, your expected veterinary school graduation date, and a phone number and e-mail address where you can be reached.
  2. A 1 page essay outlining your career goals and how this program will help you to better define or achieve your goals, including a short paragraph summarizing any previous research projects (if applicable)
  3. 3 research concentrations that interest you from the list above, in order of preference
  4. A resumé
  5. A copy of your transcript (unofficial okay)
  6. Letters of recommendation from two references
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Summer Scholars meet other Veterinarian-Scientists during field trips to the NIH (2015)Summer Scholars meet other Veterinarian-Scientists during field trips to Local Industry (2017)


Still have questions?

Contact our Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program Coordinator:

Ms. Emma Ey: 410-287-2953,

Contact our Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program Director:

Kelly Metcalf Pate, DVM, PhD, DACLAM: 410-955-9770,

This Program is Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim.