Top student presentation examined interstate swine transportation network as a predictor of pathogen spread across the U.S.

March 21, 2024

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AASV/Sherrie Webb

The American Association of Swine Veterinarians Foundation awarded scholarships totaling $25,000 to 15 veterinary students who participated in the AASV Student Seminar at the Annual Meeting.

Megan Neveau Thomas, Iowa State University, received the $5,000 scholarship for top student presentation. Her presentation was titled “Interstate swine transportation network as a predictor of pathogen spread across the U.S.” The Zoetis Foundation provided the funding for the Top Student Presenter Award.

Elanco Animal Health provides $20,000 in additional funding, enabling the AASV Foundation to award scholarships for 2nd through 15th place.

Four veterinary student presenters received $2,500 scholarships: Hope Dohlman, Iowa State University; Yuan Lin, University of Guelph; Matilyn Wheeler, Iowa State University; Mallory Wilhelm, Iowa State University

Five veterinary student presenters received $1,500 scholarships: Julia Baker, University of Minnesota; Alexis Berte, Iowa State University; Francisco Gomez Cruz, University of Saskatchewan; Erin Larsen, Lincoln Memorial University; Brianna McAleese, North Carolina State University

Those student presenters receiving $500 scholarships were: Morgan Almeida, Iowa State University; Cassidy Cordon, University of Minnesota; Sarah Lutz, Auburn University; Amber Vegter, Iowa State University; Claire Vincent, Mississippi State University

Additionally, a grant from the Zoetis Foundation supports $750 awards for each student selected to participate in the oral session.

Thirty-two veterinary students from 16 universities submitted abstracts for consideration by student abstract volunteer judges Ben Blair, Doug King, Darin Madson, Brent Pepin, Marisa Rotolo, and Joel Sparks. From those submissions, 15 students were selected to present during the annual meeting. Andrew Bowman and Justin Brown chaired the student seminar which was judged by those individuals who judged the abstracts.

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