By Allison Hammerly on August 27, 2021

Education doesn't stop when the academic calendar closes. At the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, learning continues yearlong in the form of summer research programs, in which students from many disciplinary backgrounds delve into the world of biomedical research, often for the first time.

Summer Research 2021

The summer research programs, which serve professional and undergraduate students alike, give students hands-on research experience, which prepares them for potential graduate school, or—for the undergraduate students—for professional school.

One goal of the programs is to show students how to bridge the gap between the research they conduct in the lab and the day-to-day understanding of the people they meet in the street. When biomedical research has enormous and amazing implications for human and animal health, how do you make the public understand—and feel invested?

What Summer Research Programs Exist at the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine?

The College offers mentored summer research opportunities for DVM students. These programs are funded by grants that are provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), industry leaders, endowed funds from alumni and donors, and College and University resources.

In addition, the College hosts the Biomedical Research for University Students in Health Sciences (BRUSH) Program for undergraduate and veterinary students. The BRUSH Program serves students from populations underrepresented in biomedical research and is funded by NIH's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and MSU.

Learn more about BRUSH in Advocates and Ambassadors: BRUSH Program Looks Ahead to Shifting Norms, Expanding Knowledge

To that end, student researchers created multimedia presentations to put their research in simple terms. Some adapted to social media with shareable infographics. Others connected science and art by creating poetry and drawings. Others created posters, short written texts, and simple videos that anyone can digest, scientist or not.

One infographic by undergraduate researcher Jackson Tucker, Fibrinogen: Driver of Wound Repair, explains Tucker's research into understanding how the primary driver of blood clots may one day allow researchers to find a new way to heal liver damage, all using colorful blocks and simple icons to deliver information efficiently.

DVM Class of 2023 student Alondra Gallego wrote and recited a poem about her research on uses for losartan, a drug that addresses hypertension. Jessica Hynes, also of the DVM Class of 2023, narrates and illustrates issues behind osteoarthritis in a snappy video that would be at home on TikTok or another social media platform.

Student Projects

Students involved in the College’s summer research programs created presentations designed to communicate their research to members of the public. Here is the student work from 2021:

Learn more about summer research, and find past student projects, here.