2nd Opportunity Research Scholarship

The AVMA/AVMF 2nd Opportunity Summer Research Scholarship is intended to provide support for currently enrolled veterinary students who have previously conducted a summer research project and are seeking to gain a second summer of research experience. Five $6,000 awards have been provided in 2022.

The application cycle for this scholarship is now closed. Check back here or watch the AVMF Facebook page for more information.


  • Must have previously conducted a summer research project and are seeking to gain a second summer of research experience.
  • Ideally, student applicants would be continuing their prior research project but that is not an absolute requirement.
  • Abstract of their results for presentation at the NIH Veterinary Scholars Symposium required.
  • Limited to one per school, and a maximum of five total scholarships will be awarded in 2023.


  • Applications accepted October 8 - January 11, 2023
  • Each school may forward one applicant for consideration for this program by Wednesday, January 25, 2023
  • Applicants will be notified of acceptance by Monday, March 6, 2023

Congratulations to the 2021-2022 2nd Opportunity Summer Research Scholarship recipients!

"I am immensely grateful and honored to receive the AVMA/AVMF 2nd Opportunity Research Scholarship! A second, sponsored full-time summer research experience will provide me with a tremendous opportunity for continued personal and professional growth as I pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a board-certified zoological veterinarian. Furthermore, it will allow me to directly contribute to the advancement of amphibian analgesia."

Ashlyn Heniff
North Carolina State University

“Interdisciplinary collaboration is critical to advance our understanding of sepsis across species. The AVMA Scholarship will enable me to collaborate with clinical laboratory scientists, physicians, and veterinarian scientists to begin understanding the underlying mechanisms of immune dysregulation in sepsis, particularly regarding neutrophil extracellular trap formation (NETosis). This scholarship opportunity will provide me with foundational research skills that I will build upon throughout my career as a veterinary clinician scientist.”

Margaret Lemons
University of Georgia

“This scholarship will allow me to continue work on a project which has already provided me with excellent mentorship, irreplaceable experience, and meaningful relationships with individuals in my field of interest. I look forward to this summer and the influence it will undoubtedly have in propelling me towards a career in veterinary neurology!”

Nick Marino
University of Wisconsin-Madison


I am very grateful to have been awarded an AVMA/AVMF scholarship. Post-graduation with my DVM I hope to continue on to complete a residency and to become a veterinary oncologist. I am looking forward to another summer of research to delve deeper into pathogenic mechanisms of the oncogenic retrovirus Human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 and to expand my knowledge of research techniques. By receiving this scholarship, I feel that I am more empowered to pursue my long-term goals of becoming an oncologist and continuing research with less worry over the financial aspects of pursuing those goals.

Amanda Midkiff
The Ohio State University

"This scholarship will give me the opportunity to further explore my research interest of improving immunotherapy treatments for dogs with cancer and will serve as the crucial foundation for future work by me or others in this area."

Aryana Razmara
University of California Davis



2020-2021 AVMA/AVMF 2nd Opportunity Research Scholarship Recipients

Brittany Allen - The Ohio State University
Jacqueline Chevalier - Cornell University
Aubrey Specht - Tufts University
Remy Watts - Atlantic Veterinary College
Yinyu Yuan - University of Wisconsin

2019-2020 AVMA/AVMF 2nd Opportunity Research Scholarship Recipients

Kaitlyn Marie Cassel – University of Pennsylvania
Emily Lemoine – University of Missouri
Anna Mukhina – Michigan State University
Maya Schlesinger – University of California Davis
Alexandria Marie Zabiegala – Kansas State University

2018-2019 AVMA/AVMF 2nd Opportunity Research Scholarship Recipients

Sydney Bork – Colorado State University
Kaylie Canda – University of Missouri
Tyler Hawbecker - Iowa State University
Gillian Herbert - University of Georgia
Rachel Stahl - The Ohio State University

2017-2018 AVMA/AVMF 2nd Opportunity Research  Scholarship Recipients

Ashley Hopkins – Purdue University
Paxton Parker – University of Tennessee
Keira Sztukowski - Colorado State University
Logan Weyland – Washington State University
Zoe Williams – Michigan State University

2016-2017 AVMA/AVMF 2nd Opportunity Research  Scholarship Recipients

Samantha Fousse –University of California - Davis
Kim Haight – University of Georgia
Rachel McMahon – University of Wisconsin-Madison
Courtney Rousse – North Carolina State University
Courtney Smith – Texas A&M University

2015-2016 AVMA/AVMF 2nd Opportunity Research  Scholarship Recipients

Mitch Caudill – Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Sarah Chung – Texas A&M University
Jordan Ford – Cornell University
Sarah Linn – The Ohio State University
Kimberly (Schreiber) Young – North Carolina State University