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Phi Zeta Day Offers Look
at Veterinary Students’ Research

Dr. Jeanne Barsanti
Dr. Jeanne Barsanti, professor emeriti at the University of Georgia, gives the keynote address, “Research: Lessons Learned and Unlearned,” during the 32nd annual Research Day at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine.

Members of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine chapter of Phi Zeta held their 32nd annual Research Day on March 13 at the college. Veterinary students, interns, residents and graduate students within the college had an opportunity present their research in either poster or a lecture format. The Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society awarded grants to 19 participating students within the college in the fall. In addition to those award recipients, 33 other students displayed and discussed their posters or offered oral presentations. The day culminated with a banquet to induct 11 veterinary students in the class of 2009, seven in the class of 2010 and four graduate students into the honor society. Phi Zeta was founded in 1925, with the CVM Pi Chapter chartered in 1965.

Following the student presentations, Dr. Jeanne Barsanti, professor emeriti at the University of Georgia, offered the keynote address, “Research: Lessons Learned and Unlearned.”

Awards were distributed in six different categories. The following students captured awards for their presentations:

Maria Evola and Dr. Jeanne Barsanti
Maria Evola (left), a second-year student at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine explains the research presented in her poster to Dr. Jeanne Barsanti, professor emeriti at the University of Georgia, who was the keynote speaker during the 32nd annual Phi Zeta Research Day. In the background, Dr. Charles Wiedmeyer, assistant professor of veterinary clinical pathology and the secretary/treasurer of the MU CVM Phi Zeta chapter, discusses the poster that second-year veterinary professional student Katie Horzmann is presenting.

Veterinary professional students – Mark Harmon, first place; Annie Chih, second place; William Chamblin, third place; Rachel Ray, fourth place; and Benjamin Yarnall, fifth place.

Interns, first-, second- and third-year residents and graduate students – Aaron Ericsson, first place; Prakash Jayabalan, second place; Michael Drake, third place; and Luise King, fourth place.

Oral Presentations
Veterinary professional students – Laura Nafe, first place; and Rachel Venable, second place.

Interns, first-year residents and graduate students – Davin Ringen, first place; Dylan Buss, second place; David Bommarito, third place; and Laura Cregar, fourth place.

Second- and third-year residents and graduate students – Prakash Jayabalan, first place; Robert Schutrumpf, second place; Laura Barnes, third place; and Tekla Lee-Fowler, fourth place.

Combined Poster/Oral Presentations
Advanced graduate students and postdoctoral students – Andrew Hillhouse, first place; Bridget Garner, second place; and Kevin Zwetsloot, third place.

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