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2017 National Veterinary Scholars Symposium

08/03/2017 - 08/06/2017


2017 National Veterinary Scholars Symposium
August 3-5, 2017
The National Veterinary Scholars Symposium (NVSS) is the premier annual scientific colloquium which showcases research accomplishments by veterinary students completing summer research internships.  The symposium highlights the ways veterinary scientists advance basic and applied biomedical and environmental research. This year's symposium will be held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland. The major themes of the meeting will be neuroscience, global health, conservation medicine, and comparative oncology. Poster presentations from veterinary students will be featured throughout the meeting, and there will be a student-focused session on professional development.
Registration closed on July 14, 2017.

Schedule of Events
Thursday, August 3
1:00–7:00 p.m. Registration at Hyatt Regency Bethesda
6:30–8:30 p.m. Welcome Reception at Hyatt Regency Bethesda
Friday, August 4
7:00–8:00 a.m. Breakfast provided at Natcher Center on NIH Campus; Registration and Poster Setup
8:05 a.m.–12:00 p.m. NVSS programming
12:00–1:00 p.m. Lunch provided at Natcher Center on NIH Campus
1:00–4:20 p.m. NVSS programming
5:30 p.m. Buses depart from both hotels for zoo
6:30–8:30 p.m. Dinner at the Great Cat Exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
8:30 p.m. Buses return to hotels
Saturday, August 5
7:30–8:30 a.m. Breakfast provided at Natcher Center on NIH Campus; Poster Setup
8:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. NVSS programming
12:45–1:45 p.m. Lunch provided at Natcher Center on NIH Campus
1:45–5:45 p.m. NVSS programming
Dinner on your own

Sunday, August 6
Hotel checkout and departures

Location Information
All NVSS programming, unless otherwise noted, will take place on the main NIH Campus in the Natcher Center. NIH is easily accessible from both hotels, however please note that NIH is a secure government facility and every attendee will need to go through a security screen and present a government-issued photo ID. To enter the campus, please use NIH Gateway Center, which is adjacent to the Medical Center Metro station. Because of the high volume of people that will need to pass through security, we recommend that you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to each event you will be attending.
For more information on security procedures, photo ID requirements, and other considerations, please see the NIH campus access and security page.

Hotel Lodging Information
Hotel accommodations have been arranged at two area hotels:
Hyatt Regency Bethesda (Headquarters Hotel)
1 Bethesda Metro Center
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 657-1234
Click here to reserve your room. 
Room rate: $149/night, plus taxes and fees
Last day to make reservations: July 2, 2017
The Hyatt Regency Bethesda is adjacent to the Bethesda Metro Station, one stop away from the Medical Center Metro station (NIH Campus). 
DoubleTree Hotel Bethesda
8120 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
(301) 652-2000
Click here to reserve your room.
Room rate (Night of Aug 3): $139/night, plus taxes and fees
Room rate (Nights of Aug 4-6): $109/night, plus taxes and fees
Last day to make reservations: July 4, 2017
The Doubletree Bethesda is about a ten minute walk from both the Hyatt Regency Bethesda and from the NIH Gateway Center.
Please note that at both hotels, you must make reservations by the stated date to receive the discounted rate. After these dates, rates and availability cannot be guaranteed.

Ronald Reagan National Airport is the preferred airport for most travelers and is accessible by Metro on the Blue and Yellow Line. You may also book a shared van ahead of time.
You may also fly into either Dulles International Airport or Baltimore-Washington International Airport. For either of these airports we recommend reserving a shared van ahead of time.
Boehringer Ingelheim and NIH R13 Grant Sponsored Students
Program directors will be notified shortly of the number of sponsored students.
Registration Fees
Student - $350
Faculty - $550
Sponsored Student - $0
NIH Employee - $0 with Government ID
Abstract Submission
Click here to read the instructions before submitting your abstract. Please note that the finished poster size must not exceed 4'x4'.
The deadline for abstract submissions is 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on July 14, 2017.
Please click here to access the abstract submission website. The abstract submission site will be available on June 6, 2017.
AVMA/AVMF Young Investigator Award (YIA) 
Graduate veterinarians pursuing advanced research training through doctoral or post-doctoral programs are invited to compete for the AVMA/AVMF-sponsored Young Investigator Award by submitting a research abstract, a biographical sketch and a supporting letter from their research mentor. 
For more information on qualifications and submission guidelines, please click here.
Submission Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on May 22, 2017 
All finalists will be notified by: June 5, 2017

Please click here to visit the application submission website. The application site will be available as of May 12, 2017.
Pre-Meeting Colloquium on Combined DVM/PhD and Comparative Biomedical Scientist Training
If you would like to attend this colloquium, please register by July 14 by emailing the following information to There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. The agenda is available here.
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