Posted August 08, 2019

Award for DVM/PhD Dual-Degree Candidate

MSU College of Veterinary Medicine attendees to the conference also got to cheer for one of their own. DVM and PhD dual-degree candidate Zoë Williams was honored with a Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholar and Researcher honorable mention award. Zoë also was among the few DVM/PhD students selected to give an oral presentation at a special Dual-Degree Colloquium held before the start of NVSS.

Pictured: Zoë Williams explains her work on equine myofibrillar myopathy in horses to Dr. Dana Gady of Texas A&M at the special poster session at the Combined Degree Colloquium, held in association with the NVSS.

Since 2000, the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine’s summer research programs have helped hundreds of students foster intellectual curiosity, engage in scientific inquiry, and generate new knowledge, while working as part of a research team. These programs are currently supported by two NIH grants, as well as grants from industry, endowed funds from alumni, and College and University resources. The programs offer insight to potential career paths that students may not have considered.

Each year, the program culminates with a National Veterinary Scholars Symposium (NVSS), which brings together veterinary students engaged in summer research. This year, NVSS was hosted by Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and supported by major funding from Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) and an R13 conference grant from NIH, held by Michigan State University. The symposium, titled “Engaging Veterinarians to Advance Animal and Human Health,” featured poster presentations by 560 students, as well as oral presentations by outstanding researchers that highlighted collaborations between veterinary and human medical researchers, frontiers in veterinary research, and specific cutting-edge topics like antimicrobial resistance, critical care, cancer genetics, and regenerative medicine.

2019 Summer Research Participants
  • Student

    Mentor

    Funding Source

  • Joanna Acosta
    Dr. Jane Manfredi
    BI + match from Graduate School
  • Maisah Akram
    Dr. Rick Neubig
    R25 match from MSU Undergraduate Research Office
  • Kaitlyn Bailey
    Dr. Jane Manfredi
    NIH T35
  • Hailee Butler
    Dr. Dalen Agnew
    Cincinnati Zoo
  • Olivia Child
    Dr. Cheryl Swenson and Dr. Vilma Yuzbasiyan-Gurkan
    NIH T35
  • Patrick Crannell
    Dr. Ron Erskine
    NIH T35
  • Sydney Dudley
    Dr. Hans Cheng
    BI + match from MSU Graduate School
  • Carmen Garcia
    Dr. Shannon Manning
    NIH T35
  • Mikayla Jade Gmitter
    Dr. Ning Li
    R25 match from MSU Undergraduate Research Office
  • Taneisha Griggs
    Dr. Dana Spence
    NIH R25
  • Kimberly Guzman
    Dr. Cheryl Rockwell
    NIH R25
  • Ashley Hetak
    Dr. Dalen Agnew
    BI + match from Graduate School
  • Annika Hollender
    Dr. Stephanie Valberg
    BI + Univ. of Hanover
  • Jazmin Johnson
    Dr. James Luyendyk
    NIH R25
  • Joshua Kim
    Dr. Claire Hankenson
    NIH T35
  • Olivia Lefere
    Dr. Cheryl Swenson and Dr. Vilma Yuzbasiyan-Gurkan
    NIH T35
  • Tim Lin
    Dr. Vilma Yuzbasiyan-Gurkan
    BI + match from Graduate School
  • Marlin McKnight
    Dr. James Wagner
    NIH R25
  • Shelbey Moore
    Dr. Srinand Sreevatsan
    NIH T35
  • Anna Mukhina
    Dr. Bonnie Harrington
    NIH T35
  • Nicole Mulready
    Dr. Linda Mansfield
    NIH T35
  • Sophia Ono-Korkowski
    Dr. John LaPres
    NIH R25
  • Yan Pacheco
    Dr. Rick Neubig
    NIH R25
  • Amari Parris
    Dr. Adam Lauver
    NIH R25
  • Hailey Penticoff
    Dr. Norb Kaminski
    NIH R25
  • Kellie Rizzolo
    Dr. Angel Abuelo
    BI + match from Graduate School
  • Sara Saikalis
    Dr. Colleen Hegg
    NIH T35
  • Rachel Sheffler
    Dr. Margaret Petroff
    NIH T35
  • Christina Straham
    Dr. Dorrance and Dr. Jackson
    NIH R25
  • Bridget Walker
    Dr. Ron Eustace
    BI + match from Graduate School
  • Taylr Wells
    Dr. Srinand Sreevatsan
    NIH T35
  • Noah Wolinski
    Dr. András Komáromy
    NIH T35
Mansfield Students
Dr. Linda Mansfield and MSU students at the Boehringer Ingelheim sponsored reception at the NVSS.
Vilma Students
Dr. Vilma Yuzbasiyan-Gurkan is flanked by her two mentees, Tim Lin and Oliva Child, at the NVSS poster session.
Brush Group Nvss3
BRUSH Summer Research Program students attending the NVSS. From right to left: Dr. Ewart, Marlin McKnight, Sophia Ono-Korkowski, Kimberly Guzman, Hailey Penticoff, Christina Straham, Carmen Garcia, and Taneisha Griggs.
Brush Group Directors
MSU Summer Research Program students and program directors at the NVSS.

For Veterinary Medical Students

Each year since 2000, the College hosts up to 30 veterinary medical students, who immerse themselves in mentored research. During the 11-to-12-week program, they are expected to participate in biomedical research, generate and analyze data, and present their results at MSU and a national conference. In addition, they participate in seminars and discussion groups focused on responsible conduct for research and careers in science. They also gain insight to career opportunities for further training and research, as well as valuable lessons in teamwork, organizational skills, and leadership.

For Undergraduate Students

The Biomedical Research for University Students in Health Sciences (BRUSH) program provides hands-on research exposure and preparation for graduate school or professional opportunities for individuals from diverse backgrounds. Students participating in this 12-week program work on a project under the mentorship of leading scientists, along with veterinary medical summer research students, who serve as excellent aspirational peers.

Leadership in Training Grants

The MSU College of Veterinary Medicine is a leader in securing robust funding for these important, experiential learning programs. Drs. Vilma Yuzbasiyan-Gurkan, Susan Ewart, and Linda Mansfield serve as co-PIs for the NIH T35 and the BI grants, while Ewart and Yuzbasiyan-Gurkan serve as co-PIs for the NIH R25 grant. In addition, Yuzbasiyan-Gurkan is the PI for the NIH R13 grant, which provides major funding for the NVSS.