Evaluation and Funding

Grants will be awarded to students upon the recommendation of a Student Research Electives Committee composed of 5 faculty representatives, each an accomplished researcher with an active current program, and 3 Ex Officio members: Dr. Rhonda Cardin, Program Director and Associate Dean for Research and Advanced Studies; Dr. J. Taboada, Program Co-Director and Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs; Dr. Britta Leise, Co-Director and Assistant Professor; Dr. Yogesh Saini, Co-Director and Assistant Professor. Proposal evaluations will be based on:

  • Originality and relevance to the future advancement of animal health - 30%
  • Student grade point average, academic background, and interest in research - 20%
  • Feasibility of the research plan, budget, and value as a learning experience - 20%
  • Level of support & guidance expected to be provided by mentor(s) - 20%
  • Potential for publication of findings in a scientific journal - 10%

Funds to support successful proposals will be placed in an account for expenditure by students according to a budget approved by the advisory committee for summer stipends ($6,204) and $250 for such items as supplies and operating expenses. The latter will depend on the program and needs. It is expected that a majority of the cost of research will be supported by the mentors. Funds will not be provided for travel, capital expenses, or graduate, post-doctoral or residency stipends. Intellectual property rights for results of these studies will be assigned following LSU guidelines. As per University guidelines, mileage reimbursement up to $500 will be provided for LSU students electing to work at the TNPRC for the purposes of travel.