DENVER — The Veterinary Student Scholars program encourages careers in veterinary research by offering students the opportunity to be involved in research initiatives and awarding funds based on the progress and impact of project topics, says sponsor Morris Animal Foundation (MAF).
The top six students for 2006 were selected to receive prizes — ranging from $500 to $5,000 — at the organization's annual meeting in June.
Cornell University student Steven Friedenberg won the top prize in the companion-animal category. Under the mentorship of Dr. Rory Todhunter, Friedenberg studied canine hip dysplasia and identified a potential genetic marker that may be linked to the disease.
University of Missouri student Cherlene Delgado was awarded second place in companion animals for her work treating feline asthma.
Ashley Hill at Mississippi State University received third place for her project on hyperelastosis cutis, also known as hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia.
The top prize in the wildlife category went to Sophie E. Knafo, a Tufts University student who was mentored by Dr. Gretchen Kaufman. Knafo spent the summer in northern Kenya studying disease transmission from domestic livestock to the endangered Grevy's zebra.
Larry Minter, a North Carolina State University student, received second place, while third place went to Laura Stokes-Greene from The Ohio State University.