Applications for student research program being accepted

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Morris Animal Foundation has issued a call for applications for its 2007 Veterinary Student Scholars program. The program provides veterinary students an opportunity to become involved in veterinary research targeted at enhancing the health and well-being of companion animals and wildlife. Awards are open to all first- through third-year veterinary students from an AVMA or other agency accredited college or school of veterinary medicine in their country.

The Veterinary Student Scholars program will award approximately 25 students with $4,000 stipends in 2007. Applicants must devote a minimum of 50 percent of their time to the project for the equivalent of a 10- to 12-week period. Funding for the program comes from donor-restricted gifts.

Award recipients will be invited to attend the MAF's annual meeting in Colorado during June 2008 to present their work in the form of a poster session. Airfare, hotel, and meals will be paid by MAF. The top companion animal and top wildlife poster presentation will receive an additional cash award of $5,000 each. This award will be provided from the Joe Ballard Estate in honor of Joe Ballard, Jr., a former trustee of MAF.

Applications for the Veterinary Student Scholars program are due Feb. 6 to Tobie McPhail, scientific programs and advancement manager, Morris Animal Foundation, 45 Inverness Drive East, Englewood, Colo. 80112-5480. More information on the program can be found online at