The Research Training

1. Each applicant will work a total of 40 hours per week

2. Trainees funded by the Merial Veterinary Scholar Program and their matching trainees from Tuskegee will work for a minimum of 10 weeks (May 22, 2017 – July 28, 2017)

3. Trainees on the Tuskegee Veterinary Scholars Program other than the MVSP and their matching trainees from Tuskegee will work for a minimum of 12 weeks (dates are flexible)

4. Prior to their engagement in research, fellows will attend training sessions related to

a. Institutional animal care and use policies

b. Laboratory animal center policies and procedures

c. Research ethics and proper response to allegations of scientific misconduct

d. Biohazards and biosafety policies

5. Fellows will start an introductory orientation by different faculty to learn about expectations, experiences and goals

6. Fellows will rotate through the different laboratories and observe the different projects and techniques utilized by our researchers in their laboratories

7. Fellows will then join a laboratory of their interest

8. Fellows will then:

a. Learn appropriate technique to conduct the proposed work

b. Learn appropriate laboratory protocols related to conducting proper research e.g. book keeping, measurements, animal handling and injections, making graphs and analyzing data etc.

c. Attend laboratory meetings and journal clubs

d. Attend various college seminars

e. Attend and present at the Center for Disease Control research day

f. Attend and present at the Annual Biomedical Research Symposium

g. Attend and present at the Phi Zeta Veterinary Research Day

h. Participate in a trip to the Merial manufacturing facilities in Athens and Gainesville, GA.

i. Attend and present their data in the annual Merial-NIH Veterinary Scholars Symposium. The 2017 Merial NIH Veterinary Scholars Symposium will be sponsored by AAVMC-NIH-Michigan State University and it will take place August 3 – 6, 2017 at the National Institutes of Health in Washington DC.

9. The research faculty will have a weekly, journal club, meeting with the fellows to discuss their progress and expectations

10. At the end of the 12 week training period fellows are expected to have an exit interview to summarize and document their expectations, experience and future goals

11. All fellows are expected to do at least one oral presentation and one poster presentation during their training

12. All fellows are expected to participate in the Phi Zeta research day and the Annual Biomedical Research Symposium held at the TUCVM campus

Trainees will also learn:

1. Scientific writing and presentations

2. Preparing resumes and cover letters

3. Writing grant proposals

4. Using library resources to support research

5. Leadership and Teamwork

6. Making career choices