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by Bessie M. Cook
FDA Veterinarian Newsletter November/December 1999 Volume XIV, No VI

FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) successfully implemented a summer internship program from June 1, 1999, to August 6, 1999, for female and minority college students. The program's formal name is "CVM's Windows to Research and Regulatory Science." It was initiated three years ago in 1997, and has been held every summer. The program has a dual purpose. The first is to expose CVM to a pool of prospective future employees from under-represented groups. The second is to make those potential employees more knowledgeable about CVM and the opportunities it offers.

The program is organized by CVM's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity with support from CVM scientists and administrators. One participating scientist acts as the program's Chief Scientist/Scientific Coordinator. The others serve as Mentors. Dr. Woodrow Knight, Director of CVM's Division of Biometrics and Production Drugs, has served as the program's Chief Scientist/Scientific Coordinator since the program's inception in 1997.

The CVM Mentors for this year's program included Dr. Mack Holt, Office of the Center Director; Dr. Jack Caldwell, Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation; Drs. Henry Ekperigin and Kathy Hollinger, Office of Surveillance and Compliance; and Dr. David White, Office of Research. The five student interns included Jerrold Boone from Tuskegee University, Marsha Hirt from the University of Maryland, College Park, and Allissa Hosten, Kendria Hall, and Shauna White from Xavier University in Louisiana. During their two-month tour of CVM, the students participated in various aspects of cutting-edge research. Four of the five students worked on projects dealing with antibiotic resistance, a topic that is of pressing public health concern and a CVM priority. The fifth student interacted with veterinarians in CVM and other FDA Centers to gain an understanding of how data that is generated from research is used in regulatory decisionmaking.

For further information about CVM's Student Intern Program, please contact Dr. Woodrow M. Knight at 301-827-0219, or Mrs. Bessie M. Cook at 301-594-1792.