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Phi Zeta Announces 2022 Inductees & Award Recipients

Monday, April 18, 2022

Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Nu Chapter of The Society of Phi Zeta, the national honor society of veterinary medicine, announced the newest inductees and research day award recipients.

Congratulations to the Class of 2023 Initiates:

Jacqueline Ball, Abigail Babbidge, Jessica Brown , Carly Clower, Ryan Mims, Abby Morse, Kirsten Ridley, Jacie Leigh Ross, Julia Sauer, Amanda Stamm and Erin L. Willis.

Congratulations to the Class of 2022 Initiates:

Mindi Bracy, Courtney Longhouse Cox, Cara Croft, Kelsey Gibbs, Sarah Gruber, John Hajiny, Michelle Ientile, Abby Kneitz, Gayle Long, Logan Morton, Kaylee Nejtek, Elizabeth Platts, Mackenzie Skinner, Tiffany Skinner, Isabella Steiner, Rylee Spangler, Morgan Stanley, Grace Thompson, Stephanie Vives and Jessica Williamson.

Following the keynote address by Dr. Jason K. Sicklick, UC San Diego School of Medicine, veterinary students, house officers, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows presented their research.

Awardees received a generous monetary award along with a certificate thanks to this year’s sponsors: Elanco, Institute for Translational and Emerging Research in Advanced Comparative Therapy, Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association, OSU College of Veterinary Medicine Dean’s Office, Office of Research and Graduate Education and Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Purina, Virbac and Zoetis.

Congratulations to the award recipients:

John King Award (Best Overall Veterinary Student Presentation)

  • Titus Patton

Intern/Veterinary Student Clinical Case

  • 1st - Grace Chung
  • 2nd – Auri Silverstone
  • 3rd – Felicia Brennan

Resident Clinical Case

  • 1st – Kelsey Jurek
  • 2nd – Elizabeth Soler
  • 3rd – Evan Crisman

Veterinary Student/MS Research

  • 1st – Kaushalya Jayathilake
  • 2nd – Kristin McClung
  • 3rd - Nishani Wijesekera

Intern/Resident Research

  • 1st – Grace Chung
  • 2nd – Marina Liles
  • 3rd – Elizabeth Soler

PhD/Post-Doctoral Research

  • 1st - Kathryn Duncan
  • 2nd - Megan Lineberr

Poster Presentation

  • 1st – Lindsey King
  • 2nd – Bo Barillo

This year marked the 25th anniversary of Oklahoma State’s Nu Chapter. A cake was enjoyed to celebrate.

A special thanks to the Phi Zeta Team of Drs. Mike Schoonover, Lara Sypniewski, and Erik Clary, and Cindy Martens in the office of Research and Graduate Education for their work in making this event a success.

Contact: Kaylie Wehr | OSU College of Veterinary Medicine | 405-744-6740 |

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