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Georgia Veterinary Scholars Program

Summer 2019 Key Dates

Date Event
December 4, 2018
12:00 p.m., Room 363
Prospective Scholar Information Pizza Lunch.
February 1, 2019 Student Applications & Mentor Abstracts due
February 18, 2019 Letters of Acceptance Distributed
February 25, 2019 Scholar Acceptance Form due
March 4 -March 29, 2019 Scholars review abstracts and meet with mentors
March 19, 2019
Coverdell 3rd floor lounge
“Chalk Talk” wine and cheese event. Mentors discuss their research with GVSP Scholars.
March 29, 2019 Mentor Abstract Ranking form due

April 5, 2019

Mentor/Scholar match announced

May 13 - August 4, 2019 Georgia Veterinary Scholars Program

May 13 - May 15, 2019
Veterinary Teaching Hospital


May 15, 2019
4:30 p.m., CVM Front Lawn
2019 GVSP Kickoff CookOut
Every other Wednesday
8:30 am. CVM
Scholar Commons Coffee and Donuts Meetings (5/22, 6/5, 6/19, 7/3, 7/15*)
Every other Thursday
7 p.m. Faculty member's house
Summer Science Journal Club (5/30, 6/13, 6/27, 7/11)



Registration Deadline for the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium 

Abstracts Due for the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium

July 17, 2019 Posters Due (electronic format)
July 25-28, 2019                        National Veterinary Scholars Symposium at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University
July 30, 2019 GVSP Research Day

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 2019 GVSP Orientation is Scheduled for May14th-May15th and will be held in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.  The full schedule can be found here.

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. Scholars attend three of the six dinners.

Summer Science is held Thursday evenings at 7 p.m.

2019 Summer Science Theme:  TBD

May 30th Hosted by Drs. Kaori Sakamoto and Andy Moorhead

June 6th Hosted by Drs. Branson Ritchie and Daniel Carraway

June 13th Hosted by Drs. Sheba and Puliyur Mohankumar

June 20th Hosted by Dr. Kelsey Hart

June 27th Hosted by Drs. Kira Epstein and Ben Brainaird

July 11th Hosted by Dr. Bob Gogal

Scholar Commons Morning Meetings

GVSP scholars and directors meet at 8:30 am 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 are served.

2019 Scholar Commons Schedule

May 22 – Dr. Buffy Howerth to discuss "CV and Resume Preparation"

June 5 - Dr. Susan Sanchez to discuss "How to keep a lab notebook"

June 19 – Multiple guests will join us to discuss "How to Prepare Abstract and Poster Presentations"

July 3 – Dr. Meredith Welch-Divine to discuss "How to present a 3-Minute Thesis"

July 15** – GVSP directors and scholars review drafts of scholar posters **on a Monday, from 8:30-10:30am


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.  

2019 GVSP Site Visit Schedule

Date TBD - Emory University and Yerkes Main Station 

June 12th - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Date TBD - Yerkes Field Station 

May 22nd - 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.

2019 GVSP Activities

UGA Ropes Course: Monday, May 13th from 1pm-6pm

Welcome BBQ: Wednesday, May 15th from 4:30pm to 7pm on the CVM front lawn (well-behaved pets welcome!)

Kayaking trip: Friday, August 2nd (tentative)

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. Scholars will be presenting in either a 3-minute thesis-style presentation or a traditional 10 minute resarch 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. 

2019 GVSP Research Day - July 30th

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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