About the Program

The Summer Career Opportunities & Research Exploration (CORE) Program offers BSc, DVM and other undergraduate summer student researchers at OVC a stimulating slate of events from May to August. Participants must first secure a summer position working with faculty in one of the departments of OVC (Biomedical Sciences, Clinical Studies, Pathobiology, Population Medicine). Students are encouraged to contact faculty whose research areas are of interest to them in the fall semester or early in the winter semester.

Positions may be funded by the university's Undergraduate Research Assistantship Program or the NSERC Undergraduate Research Award Program, the Boehringer Ingleheim Veterinary Scholars Program (BIVS), the Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Student Scholars Program, or other funding sources. Student veterinarians from other universities may apply for one of the BIVS Program positions by contacting the Manager, Student Affairs by email at lowenger@uoguelph.ca by February 1st. Students funded by the BIVS program must attend and present at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium in early August. In 2021 the conference will be held on August 4-6 hosted by the University of Iowa.

The program includes networking opportunities with veterinarians and scientists working in diverse and intriguing areas, and when possible, field trips to cutting-edge research facilities and the Metro Toronto Zoo, attendance at scientific conferences, and professional development workshops to prepare for conference-style sessions. It is our hope that the program will provide additional relevant activities and exposure for BSc, DVM and other OVC undergraduate summer research students while complementing primary research/educational activities with individual faculty advisors.

Students jump start their own academic leadership with oral presentations in May or early June. Summer CORE Program offers students the opportunity to share project advancements and/or results with peers, and the OVC and University of Guelph community through Poster Presentations in mid-August.

Designed to nurture undergraduate students’ interest in research, academia and graduate/residency programs, financial support for the OVC Summer CORE Program is generously sponsored by the New Opportunities Career Path funding provided in the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) Special Grant at OVC.