Posted September 06, 2022

On August 4, 26 student researchers attended the 2022 National Veterinary Scholars Symposium. This year’s symposium was held at the University of Minnesota; like all past events, it promoted the power of scientific research in veterinary medicine, and offered students, who conduct original research over the summer, an opportunity to formally and professionally present their findings.

"The most valuable part was seeing science being pushed to new lengths by my own peers and being able to make connections with other minority veterinary students," says Khelsea Bahr, DVM Class of 2025 and BRUSH participant. "I would definitely recommend this to other students because it is important to see and hear science from peers and to be able to meet people who share an interest with you."

Dr. Susan Ewart, special assistant to the dean and professor for the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, was impressed with MSU’s student participants. “Our students made a strong effort in networking with students from other institutions,” she says. “That’s not a thing that everybody does, so they really stepped out of their comfort zones and made connections, to their benefit.”

Ewart also says she heard MSU’s students say over and over how much they were gaining from the symposium. “They found it really valuable. All the students had lots of people visiting their posters. There was a lot of interest in their science!”

It wasn’t all work and no play. Ewart says MSU’s student researchers made time to unwind when they visited the Mall of America and the Como Zoo, attended swing dancing, and went roller-skating.

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“Hearing about all of the various contributions veterinary research has on society was quite humbling. I learned about many projects that would impact human or environmental health, not just animal health! I would highly recommend this experience to other students. It is a great learning experience and a really good way to get feedback on your research.” —Hunter Ferchaw, DVM Class of 2024
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“It was my first time doing a poster presentation, and I did not expect it to be fun and engaging when speaking with attendees on my summer research experiences. I would highly recommend students on participating in NVSS. I had so much fun meeting new people and listening to amazing topics from speakers.” —Cyrus Victor G. Lacuesta, DVM Class of 2025, BRUSH participant
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MSU attends NVSS closing ceremony.

Dance It Out

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On Thursday evening, a group, led by the swing dance enthusiast Abi Smith, went swing dancing at the Wabash Street Caves.
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Wabash Street Caves is built right into the rock wall in the background. L to R: Sarah Lucas, Abi Smith, Caleb Ragsdale, Amanda York, Dr. Susan Ewart, Shayla Bajric.

Surrounded by Science

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Laura Pena Serrano, BRUSH Program undergraduate student participant and senior at University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez. Laura’s research faculty mentor is Dr. Sean Crosson.
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Sonia Rafique, DVM Class of 2024. This is Sonia’s second year in the Summer Research Program. Her mentor is Dr. Linda Mansfield.
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Caleb Ragsdale, BRUSH Program undergraduate student participant and senior at MSU. Caleb’s research faculty mentor is Dr. Andres Contreras.
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Dr. Susan Ewart with Sarah Lucas, who is a BRUSH Program undergraduate student participant and senior at North Carolina A&T State University. Sarah’s research faculty mentor is Dr. Anne Dorrance.

Snooping and Skating

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"Dog Gone Green" by Marla Gamble for "Peanuts on Parade," outside District Energy at 76 Kellogg Boulevard West in downtown Saint Paul. Saint Paul was the home of Peanuts comic strip creator Charles Schultz. The town embraces his legacy with statues of charming Peanuts characters at local parks and on city sidewalks.
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Landmark Plaza, located between the Saint Paul RiverCentre symposium site and the hotel, featured roller skating (with free skates to borrow) on Friday evening.