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Summer Veterinary Student Research Fellows Program: Merial NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium

Each summer Merial and the NIH sponsor an international symposium bringing together veterinary students engaged in research through summer programs and combined DVM/PhD degree programs. Usually, over 200 students from about 28 CVMs in the USA and Canada attend the Symposia.

All students participating in the Texas A&M Summer Research Program are strongly encouraged to participate. To date, either the CVM or Merial has paid expenses (travel, registration & room) for all students to attend.

The Symposia are hosted by CVMs on their campus (except in 2007, when Pennsylvania hosted a Symposium on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, MD).

Poster Sessions. All student submit an abstract on their research, then prepare a poster to present at the Symposium. Poster sessions are a chance to meet and interact with students and scientists from other CVMs and with scientists from Merial, the NIH and other institutions.

Scientific Sessions. Scientific presentations, by established and young investigators, present state-of-the-art research on veterinary and biomedical sciences. Many scientists are present for most of the symposium, allowing students an opportunity to meet them.

Banquets. All Symposia have featured outstanding menus, including one informal and one formal banquet. The informal banquet is frequently at interesting locations near the host CVM. Past banquets have been held at the Potter Park Zoo in East Lansing, MI, on the Mall in Washington, DC, and at Alligator Ranch in Baton Rouge, LA. The Symposium closes with a more formal banquet, sometimes featuring a local band, with veterinary influences, and dancing. Most of all, students meet other veterinary students and have plenty of time for "unscheduled" fun.

2009 Symposium at North Carolina State University

2008 Symposium at Michigan State University

2007 Symposium at the National Institutes of Health

2006 Symposium at Louisiana State University

2005 Symposium at the University of Georgia

2004 Symposium at Auburn University

2003 Symposium at Kansas State University