Top CVM research highlighted at Phi Zeta Day

Student winners in the "Top Dog" competition are shown with Dr. Juan Samper, associate dean of students and academic affairs.

Student winners in the “Top Dog” competition are shown with Dr. Juan Samper, associate dean of students and academic affairs.

Research excellence among faculty, residents, graduate students, postdoctoral associates and D.V.M. students was highlighted in a series of competitions held April 19-20 at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine during traditional Phi Zeta Day activities.

In addition to the poster competition and the oral research presentations, which focused on specific projects, awards were given for overall excellence to several faculty and graduate students. Photos of all of our winners are available on Facebook for viewing here. And the winners were:

Overall Excellence:

  • Zoetis Animal Health Award for Research Excellence: Dr. Christopher Martyniuk
  • FVMA Clinical Investigator Award: Dr. Gary Ellison
  • C.E. Cornelius Young Investigator Award: Jose Ignacio Aguirre
  • ¬†Excellence in Clinical Science Research: Elisa Spoldi (major professor Dr. Paul Davenport)
  • Excellence in Basic Science Research: Matthew (Nick) Musselwhite (major professor Dr. Don Bolser)
  • Excellence in Masters Studies: Anderson Veronese (major professor Dr. Ricardo Chebel)
  • Excellence in Doctoral Studies: Jonathan Cowart (major professor Dr. Iske Larkin)
  • Charles F. Simpson Memorial Scholarship: Andy Nelson (major professor Dr. David Pascual)

Poster Competition & Categories:

DVM Students

  • 1st Place: Natasha Hottman
  • 2nd Place: C. Maxie Bowen
  • 3rd Place: Mary Pearce

Graduate Students/Residents

  • 1st Place: Christopher Souders
  • 2nd Place: Jonathan Cowart
  • 3rd Place: Treenate Jiranantasak¬†

Postdoctoral Associates

  • 1st Place: M. Shamim Ahasan
  • 2nd Place: Thais Rodrigues
  • 3rd Place: Ana Mesa¬†

Oral Research Presentation Competition: Graduate Student “Best in Show”

  • 1st Place: Elizabeth Scherbatskoy (major professor Dr. Tom Waltzek)
  • 2nd Place: Dr. Selena Tinga (major professor Dr. Stanley Kim)
  • Department Winner, Physiological Sciences: Rola Zeidan (major professor Dr. Chris Vulpe)
  • Department Winner, Infectious Diseases and Pathology: Dr. Erika Schwarz (major professor Dr. Maureen Long)
  • Department Winner, Large Animal Clinical Sciences: Dr. Myriam Jimenez (major professor Dr. Owen Rae)

Oral Research Presentation Competition: D.V.M. Student “Top Dog”

1st Place: Kathryn Taggart

2nd Place: Denae Campanale

Class Winner: Hillary Allgood

Class Winner: Julia Daggett

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