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MU Phi Zeta Day Showcases
Student Research

Phi Zeta Day 2014 saw record participation at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine with 59 individuals presenting posters detailing their research and another 22 giving oral presentations. The posters were displayed in the Adams Conference Center.

First-year veterinary medicine student Lance Day reviews the information presented on a student’s poster.

Thomas Reilly, PhD, associate clinical professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, served as a judge for the combined advanced graduate and postdoctoral students posters and oral presentations.

Dr. Albert Jergens, DVM, PhD, offered the keynote lecture, “Animal Models for Human Inflammatory Bowel Disease,” for Phi Zeta Day. Jergens is a professor and associate chair for research and graduate studies in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Each year, the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine showcases the scholarly research conducted within the college during Phi Zeta Research Day. This year’s Phi Zeta Research Day, held May 9, was the largest ever for the college with veterinary students, interns, residents, and graduate students sharing 59 posters and 22 oral presentations detailing their research projects. In addition to the student presentations, the day featured a keynote lecture and culminated in a banquet during which 29 new members were inducted into the esteemed Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society.

The College of Veterinary Medicine Dean’s Office, College of Veterinary Medicine Research Office, Purina, Zoetis the Jesse L. Hartley Research Endowment in Veterinary Medicine, and the Niemeyer Visiting Lecturer Fund sponsored this year’s Phi Zeta Day.

Dr. Albert Jergens, DVM, PhD, offered the keynote lecture. Jergens is a professor and associate chair for research and graduate studies in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He is also a staff internist at the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center.

In his keynote address, “Animal Models for Human Inflammatory Bowel Disease,” he discussed the role of the clinician scientist in investigating the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease in animals and its similarities to human Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

The following awards were presented to 2014 Phi Zeta Research Day participants:

Veterinary Professional Students

First Place, Pamela Zgoda
Second Place, Leanne Mathew
Third Place, Marcella Springstead
Honorable Mention, Celia Friedman Cowan
Honorable Mention, Christopher Kennedy
Honorable Mention, Shanna Nelson

Oral Presentations
First Place, Rowena Woode
Second Place, Stacy Krumme

Interns, First-Year Residents and Graduate Students
First Place, Erica Creighton
First Place, Daniel Davis
Third Place, Charles Washington

Oral Presentations
First Place, Michael Fink
Second Place, Christa Bernhard
Third Place, Megan Grobman

Second- and Third-Year Residents and Graduate Students
First Place, Kurt Marshall
Second Place, Marcia Hart
Third Place, Marina McCoy

Oral Presentations
First Place, Julie Trzil
Second Place, Jessica Hiemstra
Third Place, Carmella Pratt

Advanced Graduate and Postdoctoral Students Posters and Oral Presentations
First Place, Manuel Gutierrez-Aguilar
Second Place, Miqdad Dhariwala
Third Place, Allison Ostdiek

Best Overall Veterinary Professional Student
Casandra Jacobs

Best Overall Intern, Resident, Graduate and Postdoctoral Student
Rachel Olson

New members of the Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society initiated into the organization during the evening banquet are:

Class of 2014
Sarah Katherine Bardsley
Bailey Carr
Penny Coder
Anthony James Dank
Kristin Nicole Dank
Rebecca Leggett
Sarah R. Pierson
Sarah Elizabeth Prochnow
Christopher M. Roberts
Marie Lynn Smith
Sarah J. Timmerman
Paige Hamilton Wallace

Class of 2015
Sage Martin Buckner
Amy Catherine Lack
Sarah Kelly
Sarah E. Motsinger
Erin M. Murphy
Katie Nadolny
Allison Rohde Newgent
Elena Nicole Rodriguez
Lance Serbousek
Megan Visger
Dana A. White

Carin E. Ahner
Tamara S. Hancock
Sarah Hansen
Natalie Christine Hoepp
Allison M. Ostidiek

Kei Kuroki

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