Student Scholars Display Summer Research Discoveries at Poster Session

July 29, 2016

Summer Research Program participant Ana Vázquez-Págan, an undergraduate pre-veterinary student, discusses her research poster on comparative oncology research with PVM Chief Large Animal Technologist Pat Navarre (left) and Clinical Associate Professor of Small Animal Community Practice Steve Thompson.
Summer Research Program participant Ana Vázquez-Págan, an undergraduate pre-veterinary student, discusses her research poster on comparative oncology research with PVM Chief Large Animal Technologist Pat Navarre (left) and Clinical Associate Professor of Small Animal Community Practice Steve Thompson.

Participants in Purdue Veterinary Medicine's 2016 Summer Research Program shared the findings of their summertime research projects during the annual poster session on Tuesday (July 26) in Lynn G119/155. A total of 23 students participated, including 18 from the Summer Research Program and five from PVM's new Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program in the Biomedical Sciences (PREP).

The Summer Research Program pairs up students and PVM faculty members based on mutual areas of interest for 11 weeks of focused research, seminars, field trips, and symposiums. This year's program was co-sponsored by Merial and hosted 18 veterinary and pre-veterinary students, including 12 Purdue DVM students, two Purdue undergraduate students, and one undergraduate each from Earlham College, Southern Illinois University, Tougaloo College, and Northwestern University.

The PREP program is in its pilot phase and aims to give students who have earned their undergraduate degree the opportunity to experience and participate in activities similar to those of a typical graduate student. Funded by Purdue's Diversity Transformation Award and PVM, five participants are enrolled in the program, which involves a full year of mentored research experience, opportunities to take upper-level classes, and preparation for graduate programs in the field. The five participants were invited to join in the poster session to showcase the work they have done so far.

There was a high turnout of faculty and staff who stopped by to view the posters and talk with the student presenters. Afterward, the DVM students in the Summer Research Program prepared to travel to The Ohio State University for the Merial-NIH Veterinary Scholars Symposium, which started yesterday (Thursday, July 28) and runs through Sunday, July 31. The students will have another opportunity to share their research posters at the symposium.

Purdue veterinary student Abbie Haffner of the DVM Class of 2019 worked on her summer research project with Assistant Professor of Basic Medical Sciences Marxa L. Figueiredo (standing), studying the topic of 'Therapeutic Peptides of Osteoarthritic Cartilage Regeneration.'
Purdue veterinary student Abbie Haffner, of the DVM Class of 2019, worked on her summer research project with Assistant Professor of Basic Medical Sciences Marxa L. Figueiredo (standing), studying the topic of “Therapeutic Peptides of Osteoarthritic Cartilage Regeneration.”
Dean Willie Reed talks with Purdue veterinary student Mary Jordan, of the DVM Class of 2019, about her summer research project related to canine welfare assessments used in dog breeding kennels. Her faculty mentor was Associate Professor of Animal Behavior and Well-being Candace Croney of the Department of Comparative Pathobiology and director of Purdue’s Center for Animal Welfare Science.
Dean Willie Reed talks with Purdue veterinary student Mary Jordan, of the DVM Class of 2019, about her summer research project related to canine welfare assessments used in dog breeding kennels. Her faculty mentor was Associate Professor of Animal Behavior and Well-being Candace Croney of the Department of Comparative Pathobiology and director of Purdue’s Center for Animal Welfare Science.
Veterinary student Sam Smith of the DVM Class of 2019 talks with Dolores L. McCall Professor of Comparative Oncology Deborah Knapp about research he conducted with Clinical Associate Professor of Toxicology Christina Wilson, a faculty member in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology and head of the Toxicology Section of the ADDL.
Veterinary student Sam Smith, of the DVM Class of 2019, talks with Dolores L. McCall Professor of Comparative Oncology Deborah Knapp about research he conducted with Clinical Associate Professor of Toxicology Christina Wilson, a faculty member in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology and head of the Toxicology Section of the ADDL.

Writer: Kelsey Johnson, PVM Summer Communications Intern, pvmnews@purdue.edu


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