Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates of the program?

The program starts on May 23, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. with an orientation session and ends August 5, 2022 (August 6 for DVM students) unless you have to make up time for taking time off during the summer or are a DVM student attending the national symposium. Each Wednesday at noon until 1:00 p.m. there is a weekly seminar. Lunch is provided and there will be a speaker. You are expected to attend and participate in each of these informal discussions.

Are the dates flexible - what if I need time off?

It is strongly advised that you do not miss any days if at all possible. But if you need to, you may take up to one week off during the summer as long as your mentor agrees and the Office of Research is notified at least two weeks in advance. Any time taken off will need to be made up. You will need to work with the Office of Research and your mentor to arrange this. You are expected to work 11 weeks in the Summer Research Program, and you will need this time to conduct a reasonable research project. Please note that you are not allowed to take time off during the first or last week of the program.

How do I find a mentor and research project?

Dr. Harm HogenEsch, associate dean for research, and Dr. Eli Asem, professor and co-director of the program, will do the initial matching of the students and the available mentors. They carefully consider the research projects available and the student's research interests. Once you are initially assigned, you will need to contact your research mentor and work out the details of the project. You both must agree on the project and the research goals to be accomplished during the 11-week program.

When do I work?

You are expected to work Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. unless other arrangements are made with your mentor. Your research may require you to come in after hours and on weekends. The University is closed on May 29 and July 4, 2023.

Are there any special events during the program?

There will be a summer BBQ held at a local park in May; this is in the evening and free. It is a social time for you to get to know the other participants and mentors. Additionally, there will be a joint symposium with the University of Illinois Summer Research Fellows. There will also be a field trip to a pharmaceutical industry in July. Details about these events will be shared when the plans have been finalized.

Is there a dress code?

There is no specific dress code unless otherwise specified. 

Are there any reports that I will have to complete for the program?

All students are expected to prepare an abstract and poster about their summer research project. You will need to work closely with your mentor when preparing your abstract and poster. These posters will be presented to the PVM faculty and when visiting a pharmaceutical laboratory on a field trip. Additionally, DVM students are required to submit their abstract and present their poster at the National Boehringer Ingelheim Symposium and at the PVM Research Day the following year.

Is housing provided?

Unfortunately, we do not have housing available to assign. We suggest that you contact other participants and share an apartment or rent housing with other students. This holds costs to a minimum. Housing costs are included in your stipend for the summer. We will be sending the selected fellows a list of housing available in the area as well as a list of the other participants and their e-mail addresses so you can contact them. Subleases can typically be found during the summer months. Information for off-campus housing can be found at:

How will I travel to/from Purdue?

You will need to make your own travel arrangements to and from Purdue. Bus services are available from the airports in Indianapolis and Chicago directly to campus. The travel costs are included in your stipend for the summer.

When will I be paid?

You will be paid in two installments. You will receive the first payment the end of May or beginning of June and a second payment at the end of June or beginning of July. These are lump sum installments and not biweekly or monthly payroll installments. You will be sent pay certification forms to complete and return so that you can be paid. Please be sure to calculate your expenses for the program (living, transporation) accordingly.

Can I bring a car and where do I park?

Parking at Purdue is very limited on campus. However, if you plan to have a car, you can obtain a “B” parking pass for the 11 weeks of the program for the approximate cost of $30-$35. Parking areas designated for "B" permits on located on the outskirts of campus. Additionally, we have a bus system that travels throughout campus. Once you have your temporary student ID, you can then travel for free on the bus system.

What about food?

There are several facilities/food courts, etc. on campus that provide meals as well as many local restaurants – most are reasonably priced. The Continuum Café in the College of Veterinary Medicine offers reasonably priced breakfasts and lunches each day. Lunch will be provided during the weekly Wednesday seminars.

What about e-mail and the internet?

You can be set up with a limited e-mail account through Purdue University and internet access as it relates to your research. 

I have heard that there is a national Boehringer Ingelhiem/NIH symposium that I get to attend?

This is only for veterinary students who have completed their 1st or 2nd year and who participate in the Summer Research Program for the first time. This trip is funded (airfare, hotel). Additional information will be given as the program develops.

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