Texas Tech University

Veterinary Research Scholars Program

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Texas Tech University (TTU) School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) Veterinary Research Scholars Program (VRSP) is an intensive‐research training program for veterinary students in promoting research excellence. Our program will provide high quality and relevant science concepts through a weekly journal club and seminars while strengthening critical thinking, leadership, and communication through hypothesis‐driven research projects and oral presentations. Research is an essential aspect of the TTU SVM and is the core of this program. TTU SVM has 37 faculty researchers housed in the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Through a supportive, mentored research experience in an established laboratory and through seminars and discussion groups on careers in science, it is hoped that veterinary students will gain an insight on career opportunities in biomedical research.

Veterinary students in their first or second year of veterinary school are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will be matched with established mentors based on research interest. The goal is to expose veterinary students to critical thinking processes inherent to hypothesis-driven research activities and subsequently meet the national needs in the field of veterinary medicine.

This program occurs from May 29-August 7, 2024. The National Veterinary Scholar Symposium is August 8-10, 2024 in St. Paul, Minnesota.


Please fill out the VRSP application form. Once completed, you may return to Heather Scalf via email at heather.scalf@ttu.edu or in-person to room E271.


  • Complete a 10-week research project during the summer term under the guidance of an approved research faculty mentor:
    • A full time commitment of 40 hours/week over the summer
    • $6,500 stipend for 10 weeks
  • Daily / weekly schedules are determined by the mentors and will vary among laboratories.
  • Weekly lecture
  • Symposium August 8-10 – St. Paul, Minnesota


  • Deadline: February 5, 2024
  • Award notification: March 11, 2024
  • Program start date: May 29, 2024
  • Program end date: August 7, 2024
  • National Conference: August 8-10