Research and Scholarships

The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine is pleased to announce the availability of graduate scholarships with the intent of attracting students from historically underrepresented groups to careers in higher education.  Eligible students* who are interested in graduate work on one of the projects listed below are encouraged to contact the appropriate faculty member no later than January 15, 2015 at 5 PM to be considered for Fall 2015 admission.

* Eligible students will meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a graduate of an accredited U.S. high school
  • Must be a new, incoming student
  • Must gain admission as a degree seeking student to a graduate program in the College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Must submit completed Purdue University Graduate School admission application materials no later than February 16, 2015 at 5 PM for Fall 2015 admission
  • Must submit a diversity essay along with other Graduate School admission documents (GRE scores, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and statement of purpose for pursuing graduate education). 

    Specifically, the diversity essay should respond to this statement: “Describe your leadership, work experience, service experience, or other significant involvement with racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, educational communities or other groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in higher education, and how these experiences would promote a diversity of views, experiences, and ideas in the pursuit of research, scholarship, and creative excellence”. 

    Please note: underrepresented groups have traditionally included women, students with disabilities, first generation students, and students who are members of domestic minority groups including African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Alaskan Native, and Pacific Islander.

For general questions, please contact Dr. Kauline Cipriani via email at or by phone at 765-496-1940.

Participating Faculty and Eligible Projects

For specific questions on the projects listed below, please contact the appropriate faculty member.

Dr. Candace Croney

Dr. Candace 765-496-6665

The project will focus on identifying and addressing factors influencing the welfare status of breeding and kenneled dogs.

Dr. Keke Fairfax

Dr. Keke 765-494-1234

The Ph.D. project will focus on discovering the mechanisms of stress induced immune dysfunction following immunization and parasitic infection. The successful candidate will be involved in the development of experimental design, data collection, and analysis for a project on understanding the cellular, chemokine, and cytokine factors involved in altered immune responses to immunization and parasitic infection following housing induced stress.

Dr. Russell Main

Dr. Russell Mainrmain@purdue.edu765-494-0898

Bone fractures are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in horses. There is strong evidence that the majority of fractures, especially in equine athletes, are the result of accumulated bone tissue changes and not a single “bad step” during racing or training. Our fundamental research objective in this project is to validate existing clinical diagnostic tools and to advance pre-clinical tools for characterizing bone structure and tissue properties to form a small battery of non-invasive tests that can be used clinically to assess skeletal fracture susceptibility in the standing horse.

Dr. Hsin-Yi Weng

Dr. Hsin-Yi Wengweng9@purdue.edu765-494-0445

The M.S. project is to assess the practice and perceptions of pregnant women and new mothers of seriousness, susceptibility, benefits, and barriers regarding the measures for preventing adverse health outcomes through animal contact. The long term goal of the research is to develop and evaluate an educational program on prevention of animal-associated health outcomes for pregnant women and new mothers.

Other Initiatives

AARC (Access to Animal Related Careers)

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PVM Access to Animal-Related Careers (A2RC) is a faculty-driven program coordinated by the Office of Diversity Initiatives. A2RC is a residential summer program targeted to 2nd and 3rd year pre-vet undergraduates.

PVM faculty members provide hands-on academic sessions that include significant time in the teaching hospital as well as off-campus trips. The academic on-campus sessions include cardiology, husbandry, radiology, emergency and critical care medicine. Off-campus, A2RC participants visit swine and dairy production facilities. The program is designed to nurture and enhance the students' interest in the profession and introduce them to the PVM experience.

A2RC Students with Dean Reed and Dr. Kauline Cipriani, Director of Diversity Initiatives

DVM DiversiKey Certificate Program

This certificate program is designed to provide growth and experience in diversity and leadership.  

USDA NIFA Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP)

In 2010, USDA NIFA awarded PVM funds to establish a Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP). These funds provided partial scholarships to four DVM students. Students also received funds to participate in a Special Experiential Learning Experience (SEL).

The MSP Scholars also participate in specific programmatic pieces designed to enhance their student experience and provide support through graduation.  Learn more about USDA-MSP and read about the student experience in this program. 

USDA Scholars (left to right) Dana Thomas, Jasmine Coe, Allison (Allie) Joe, Julio Lecumberry Alonso.

Contact the Office of Diversity Initiatives:

Kauline Cipriani, Ph.D.
(765) 496-1940

Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, 625 Harrison Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-7607

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