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NIH/T35 Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Program

The College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University established the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Training Program (IBRTP) for veterinary students to provide research training in a multidisciplinary environment.  Trainees will complete a 3-month research experience in the laboratories of two faculty members drawn from seven different disciplines. The seven disciplines chosen are: Clinical Sciences, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Genetics and Genomics, Engineering and Textiles, Statistics and Epidemiology, Biological Chemistry, and Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Nanotechnology.  Research projects will emphasize the melding of two disciplines to create a novel approach to a biomedical research problem.  Projects combining clinical and basic science disciplines will be given priority. It is envisioned that trainees will bridge research disciplines and serve as a nidus for new faculty collaborations.

Program requirements:  (1) a weekly seminar series on topics related to research ethics and scientific and professional development; (2) a weekly journal club discussing interdisciplinary research papers; (3) participation in an annual CVM research symposium; and (4) participation in the Merial-NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium.  These requirements are in addition to those associated with a student’s particular research training experience.

Eligibility: Any first or second year veterinary student in good academic standing,. Trainees will be expected to have prior biomedical research experience (including those students with an MS or PhD degree) but this is not a requirement.

Funding:  $5,000 stipend and support to fund travel and participation in the Merial-NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium in August of the summer you participate in the program. The primary mentor should have sufficient funds for the research project.

Faculty eligible to serve as primary mentor