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2024 Phi Zeta Research Day Awards

Monday, April 8, 2024

Phi Zeta Research Day

Annually, the Nu Chapter of The Society of Phi Zeta hosts Phi Zeta Research Day to recognize veterinary students, interns, residents, graduate students, and post-doctoral associates for their outstanding work.


Participants presented on clinical cases and research findings; winners were selected for each group. Winners received a certificate and generous monetary award thanks to this year’s sponsors.


Congratulations to the winners in each category!


Intern/Veterinary Student Clinical

  1. Kaitlyn Crocker
  2. Andrea Messina
  3. Katerina Orms

Resident Clinical Case

  1. Sarah Myers
  2. Megan Righi
  3. Greta Doden

Undergraduate/Master's Research

  1.  Paige Johnson
  2. Ryan Carson
  3. Allison Deaton

Intern/Resident Research (Sponsored by Aurora Pharmaceuticals)

  1. Kaitlyn Crocker
  2. Greta Doden
  3. Brittnee Sayler

Graduate Student/Post-Doctoral Research

  1.  Bhuvana Plakkot
  2. Sachithra Gunasekara
  3. Jeeviya Murugesan

Poster Presentation

  1. Samantha Frontz
  2. Kaila Rowe
  3. Sydney Lubbers

Post-Doctoral - Poster

  1.  Pilailak Channuwong

Best Overall - John King award

Established in honor of the late Dr. John King, a member of the veterinary center’s class of 1955, the John King Award recognizes the most outstanding presentation by an Oklahoma State University veterinary student.

  • Paige Johnson

Best Manuscript Award for Phi Zeta:

  • Sarah Myers for Basic ScienceSai Narayanan for Applied Science

Keynote Speaker: 

Dr. Joy Scaria, Associate Professor and the Sitlington Endowed Chair in Infectious Diseases. His presentation was “Microbial Culturomics: A High-Throughput Approach for Functional Understanding of the Gut Microbiota”


Industry partners included Zoetis, Merck, Aurora Pharmaceuticals, Elanco, Virbac and the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association. Support was also povided from within the CVM including the Dean’s Office, Associate Dean’s Office for Academic and Student Affairs, Department of Pathobiology, Oklahoma Animal Diagnostic Disease Laboratory and Veterinary Clinical Sciences.


A special thanks to the Phi Zeta executive team of Drs. Mike Schoonover, Lara Sypniewski, Madhan Subramanian and Dale Kelley, Dr. Biggs in the Continuing Education office and Cindy Martens in the office of Research and Graduate Education for their work in making this event a success.

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