LSU Veterinary School student receives molecular biology prize
Cornell University’s Leadership Program for Veterinary Students selects five students to award prizes
Each summer, the organizers of the Cornell University Leadership Program for Veterinary Students selects five students to award prizes. Molly Benner (Class of 2014) received the 2012 Leadership Molecular Biology Prize.
The selections are made on the basis of the quality of research and the final research presentation. Prizes are awarded in the categories of Program Prize, UK & Australia Prize, Integrative Biology Prize, Molecular Biology Prize and Cell Biology Prize. The recipients will be featured in the 2012 Annual Report in the “Presentations and Prizes” section.
“I applied to the program to get additional research experience, and the program at Cornell provides a lot of insight and information into various non-traditional veterinary careers, which I thought might be helpful in deciding what path to follow after vet school,” said Benner.” I really enjoyed my summer. I worked in a great lab with some really fantastic people. The program's demands outside of my research project were considerable and for the most part valuable in terms of improving my critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork skills. The best part was definitely making tons of new friends from all over the world that I'm sure will be colleagues for a long time to come. I'm still not sure what I'm going to do career-wise yet, but I think the leadership program will probably be one of the best things that I do while in vet school, and I would recommend it to anyone who is considering research as a career.”
The Leadership Program for Veterinary Scholars at Cornell University is a unique summer research experience for veterinary students who seek to broadly influence the veterinary profession through a science-based career. The program is an intensive, research-oriented initiative. It combines faculty-guided research with student-directed learning through participation in modules, workshops and group discussions. The activities encourage responsible leadership, critical thinking and the development of teamwork skills. The program also highlights graduate training opportunities calculated to promote the professional development of program alumni as independent scientists and public health professionals.
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