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Georgia Veterinary Scholars Program

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long is the program?
    The program encompasses twelve weeks from mid May to early August. However, if a scholar must miss a week of the program due to prior obligations, the scholar can start the program a week early or end it a week late if both scholar and mentor agree. Certain dates are firm and cannot be missed. These dates are as follows: 1) Orientation Week, scheduled May 14 – May 16, 2018; 2) Scholar Research Day, July 27, 2018; and 3) the National Veterinary Scholar Symposium, scheduled for August 2-August 5, 2018 at Texas A&M University.
  • What are the working hours?
    Each scholar must decide this with his/her mentor. This is a good question to ask during the mentor selection process. The stipend is calculated based on a regular 40-hour week. However, while some of the research projects can be completed in a usual 8 – 5 day, others involve weekend and evening work.
  • How do the scholars choose their research project?
    After the scholars are selected, they will be given access on eLC to abstracts from all the prospective mentors. The scholars read the abstracts and meet with any mentors offering projects in which they are interested. There will be a gathering where mentors will give a short presentation on their research. We also recommend that each scholar talk with others who have worked in that mentor’s lab (previous scholars, graduate students, etc.) and look at the mentor's website; past students can often provide valuable information about the type of learning environment and the relationship the scholar can expect with the prospective mentor. The scholar then ranks their top five choices of projects and turns it in to the Office of Research and Graduate Affairs. A match is carried out, and scholars and mentors are notified of the results.
  • What if two Scholars choose the same research project?
    If two scholars list the same first choice, the higher ranked applicant will get their first choice, and the next will get their next choice, depending on what mentors are still available.
  • Are Scholars required to attend program meetings and site visits?
    Scholars are required to attend the program meetings and strongly encouraged to attend site visits. If a scholar cannot make it to a site visit they need to contact the directors at least one week in advance with an acceptable excuse. Mentors are welcome at both program meetings and site visits as well. The program meetings take place every other week and last for one hour to allow scholars to compare notes, provide progress reports and get updated on program housekeeping issues. Meeting absences or lateness should be arranged with the directors ahead of time (at least 1 full day in advance of the seminar).
  • Are scholars required to present their research?
    Scholars are required to present their research at the Scholar Research Day on July 27, 2018. In addition, each scholar is required to attend and present a poster at the National Beohringer Ingelheim-NIH Veterinary Scholar Program Symposium which will be held August 2-5th, 2018 at Texas A&M. Travel expenses to attend the Symposium will be supplied by the program. Scholars will pay for their hotel rooms and be reimbursed by the Georgia Veterinary Scholar Program once we have your completed program evaluation, exit letter, and submitted original receipts.
  • What is Summer Science?
    Summer Science is a journal club that meets about every two weeks at a faculty member’s home to discuss scientific journal articles relevant to veterinary researchers. 
  • How are scholars paid?
    Boehringer Ingelheim and NIH scholars are paid a monthly stipend. Checks are distributed by the Office of Research and Graduate Affairs. The first check is usually disbursed in mid-May. Taxes are not withheld from these checks and the individual will be responsible for paying taxes. Individual labs are not responsible for providing scholar salary during the program. Please note that housing is not included in the stipend and will be the responsibility of the scholar.
  • Who is responsible for training the scholars in hazardous materials and lab safety?
    It is the responsibility of the mentor to ensure that the scholar receives their hazardous material and lab safety training before starting work. Since every lab is different and has different hazardous materials, it is best that the scholars get their training from people who are trained to work in that laboratory.
  • Whom should I talk to if I have a problem?
    >You are always welcome to contact  Co-Directors Dr. Jennifer Smith-Garvin and Dr. Susan Williams, Faculty Administrator Dr. Harry Dickerson or Administrative Specialist Jennifer Futter.
  • Can students from other veterinary schools apply to the Georgia Veterinary Scholars Program?
    Students from all other veterinary schools are welcome to attend the program. Every year we have students from other schools, normally we have 5-10 students that apply and 2-4 are accepted, including international students. We encourage participation by sending information to all veterinary schools in North America inviting students to apply to the Georgia Veterinary Scholar Program.
  • Do you have secure slots for students from other veterinary schools?
    No, it is a merit based program. There is no difference in the selection process. The best candidates are accepted regardless of where they come from. Attendance to the informational Prospective Scholar lunch meeting held in December is not a prerequisite for acceptance and all are invited. Participation via conference call is possible if your school has video conferencing equipment. During this meeting we explain the ins and outs of the program and answer students' questions. We are happy to answer all student questions at any time via phone or email.
  • Do you have additional travel expenses for students from other schools?
    Currently we do not offer travel expenses.

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