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Georgia Veterinary Scholars Program

Summer 2018 Key Dates

Date Event
November 28, 2017
12:00 p.m., Room 363
Prospective Scholar Information Pizza Lunch.
February 2, 2018 Student Applications & Mentor Abstracts due
February 20, 2018 Letters of Acceptance Distributed
February 26, 2018 Scholar Acceptance Form due
March 1-March 30, 2018 Scholars review abstracts and meet with mentors
March 23, 2018
Coverdell 3rd floor lounge
“Chalk Talk” wine and cheese event. Mentors discuss their research with GVSP Scholars.
March 30, 2018 Mentor Abstract Ranking form due

April 7, 2018

Mentor/Scholar match announced

May 14 - August 6, 2018 Georgia Veterinary Scholars Program

May 14 - May 16, 2018
Veterinary Teaching Hospital


May 16, 2018
4:30 p.m., CVM Front Lawn
2018 GVSP Kickoff CookOut
Every other Wednesday
(starting 5/23)
8 am., Boardroom
Scholar Commons Coffee and Donuts Meetings
Every other Thursday
(starting 5/31)
7 p.m. Faculty member's house
Summer Science Journal Club

June 29, 2018

July 16, 2018

Registration Deadline for the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium

Abstracts Due for the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium

July 24, 2018
Posters Due (electronic format)
July 27, 2018
Room H203
GVSP Research Day - 3 Minute "thesis" showdown!
August 2 - August 5 National Veterinary Scholars Symposium at Texas A&M

Details Of Each Key Activity


During the first week of the program we host a 3 day orientation session that consists of lectures, discussions, and team-building exercises. Orientation cover topics that include responsible research conduct (including the appropriate use of animals in research), principles of biosafety, the development of hypothesis-driven research, the interpretation of scientific literature, research funding, and the exploration of various research opportunities for veterinarians. Scholars are able to interact with veterinary researchers in different areas (industry, government, basic science, academia, and clinical medicine) and have the opportunity to discuss the unique way each of these fields operates as well as the opportunities they afford to veterinarians. The orientation sessions will serve to acquaint the scholars with the fundamentals of the biomedical research so the scholars are prepared to join their labs with a basic understanding and appreciation for safety, ethics and the scientific method. But its not all hard work, we also have a lot of fun and get to know each other with a mentor-scholar breakfast, a ropes course, a welcome BBQ, and short presentations from the scholars themselves!

The 2018 GVSP Orientation is Scheduled for May14th-May16th and will be held in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. See the full schedule below.

Summer Science Journal Club

The Summer Science Journal Club provides an opportunity for the scholars to interact with various faculty members within the College of Veterinary Medicine. Students meet at a faculty member’s house to discuss scientific papers of their choosing over dinner in a relaxed and informal setting.  Each summer GVSP scholars pick an overarching scientific theme for their Summer Science sessions.  Scholars then break up into groups and select two papers (one primary research, one review) to discuss at their assigned Summer Science evening.

Summer Science is held every other Thursday evening at 7 p.m.

2018 Summer Science Theme:  To be determined by our scholars at Orientation!

May 31st Hosted by Dr.Kelsey Hart.

June 14th Hosted by Dr. Harry Dickerson. 

June 28th Hosted by Drs. Kaori Sakamoto and Andrew Moorhead. 

July 12th Hosted by Drs. Puliyur and Sheba MohanKumar.

Scholar Commons Morning Meetings

GVSP scholars and mentors meet at 8am every other week to discuss various topics related to science and veterinary medicine.  These meetings also serve to get everyone together as a group so scholars can share their research experiences, exchange ideas and support each other.  Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

2018 Scholar Commons Schedule

May 23 – Dean Suzanne Barbour discusses "Responsible Conduct of Research"

June 6 - Dr. Meredith Welch-Devine discusses "The 3 Minute Thesis"

June 20 – Dr. Buffy Howerth discusses "How to Prepare a CV"

July 5 – Multiple guests will join us to discuss "How to Prepare Abstract and Poster Presentations"

July 18 – GVSP directors and scholars review drafts of scholar posters


GVSP Summer Site Visits

Each summer our scholars participate in a number of extramural site visits to unique area research facilities and laboratories. At each of these sites, scholars meet with veterinarians at various stages in their careers. Scholars can learn first hand how veterinarians in research and research-related fields got to where they are and what their day-to-day is like. These visits provide scholars exposure to a broad range of scientific avenues open to veterinarians, and they also provide excellent networking opportunities.  

2018 GVSP Site Visit Schedule

June 11th, 2018 - Emory University and Yerkes Main Station 

Date TBD - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

July 9th, 2018 - Yerkes Field Station 

July 20th, 2018 - Georgia Aquarium

GVSP Extra Activities

We like to get together and have a little fun outside of the lab sometimes! We start off the summer with instruction on the UGA Ropes Challenge Course, an intellectually and mildly physically challenging obstacle course that requires teamwork, leadership, and group collaboration to complete.  Then we continue throughout the summer with a BBQ social, a kayaking trip, and outings around town. These help to build and foster relationships among scholars and mentors alike, plus they are just a great way to relax and de-stress from a summer busy with science. Below are a few of our scheduled adventures.

2018 GVSP Activities

UGA Ropes Course: Monday, May 14th from 1pm-5pm

Welcome BBQ: Wednesday, May 16th from 4:30pm to 7pm on the CVM front lawn (well-behaved pets welcome!)

Kayaking trip: Monday, July 30th

Research Day

All Scholars present their research projects to the College of Veterinary Medicine in oral presentations. This event is an opportunity to showcase the summer research of the Georgia Veterinary Scholars to the entire College of Veterinary Medicine Community and it gives each scholar experience in effetively communicating their science. Starting in 2018, the scholars will be presenting in a new format - a 3-minute thesis-style presentation - we expect this to be a lot of fun for both the presenters and the audience!  The audience for these presentations consists of fellow scholars, program mentors, CVM faculty and GVSP friends and family. 

2018 GVSP Research Day - July 27th

21 Scholars will present "3 Minute Thesis"- style presentations.  Check out UGA's official 2018 "3 MInute Thesis" competition below to see how its done!

2018 UGA Three Minute Thesis Competition 

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