How to Apply

Application Receipt Date: FEBRUARY 1st, 2016

After completing this application in Word, each student applicant should e-mail ONE finalized PDF format version, which includes the Faculty Mentor Support Letter to no later than February 1st, 2016.

Application can be found here.


  • First and second year veterinary students from any AVMA accredited veterinary school are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicant must be willing to agree to all Conditions & Expectations if a STAR award is made.
  • Previous STAR award recipients, as well as students with advanced degrees or in PhD training programs (e.g., VSTP) are also encouraged to apply for STAR funding.
  • Applicants with international STAR research projects are encouraged to apply for the SVM International Externship Scholarship, to assist with travel funds.

Prior to Applying:

  • Begin preparing now! ... your STAR application will be due February 1st, 2016.
  • For more information, see the STAR Faculty Mentors Page  which provides a comprehensive overview of the School's faculty expertise.
  • It is highly recommended that students attend Research Roundup, September 29, 2015 and visit several different labs prior to making their final choice by making an appointment with a mentor.
  • Check the new Students for STAR page for student-to-student connections with previous STAR students to answer questions about the program and provide information related to previous STAR experiences, mentors, labs and field work.
  • Select and meet with a STAR faculty mentor who will agree to serve as mentor for the summer. Together, the student and faculty mentor identify research interests for fellowship funding consideration.
  • Carefully review the Conditions of Award to ensure fulfillment of commitment and responsibilities should a STAR award be made.
  • Click here to view Helpful Suggestions for Preparing a STAR Research Proposal Abstract.

Application Process:

  • Application Receipt Date: FEBRUARY 1st 2016
  • Application can be obtained here. After completing this application in Word, each student applicant should e-mail ONE finalized PDF format version, (which includes the Faculty Mentor Support Letter) to no later than February 1st, 2016.
  • Confirm acknowledgement of the Conditions of Award by checking the appropriate box on your application form prior to submission.
  • Please refer to this web site for tips on how to prepare an abstract:  STAR Research Proposal Abstract
  • Forward the Faculty Mentor Support Letter form to your mentor.  Once completed, combine with your application and submit as ONE combined PDF to

Review Process:

  • A select committee of faculty from the School of Veterinary Medicine reviews applications and ranks them on the basis of scientific merit and the career objectives of the applicant.  Applications submitted by students who were previous recipients of STAR funds will also be evaluated on their past participation in the STAR program.
  • Applications will be funded based on numerical rank order
  • Review decisions will be finalized before Spring Break.
  • Students will be notified of the decision by email directly after the review decisions are made.  Acknowledgement and agreement to all terms and conditions of  award must be returned by the successful applicant within one week of notification of award
  • Depending on the funding source, students will be informed of the specific expectations associated with the award.

Please contact Sue Kanoho at (530) 752-6612 or e-mail the STAR Program at with any questions or concerns.

Application Receipt Date: FEBRUARY 1st, 2016