After a team of four judges had the chance to review the students' posters, they selected the top three posters in the categories of clinical sciences and basic sciences.
First-prize recipients received $150 while the runners up earned $100 cheques. The awards were announced during a reception for all of the student participants and their supervisors. Here's a list of this year's recipients:
Category 1: Clinical Sciences
• First prize: Amanda Byers, second-year veterinary student (supervised by Dr. Chris Luby). Poster title: "The effect of coagulase-negative staphylococcal intramammary infections on milk somatic cell counts in dairy cows."
• Runner up: Brad McKell, second-year veterinary student (supervised by Dr. Gregg Adams). Poster title: Effect of lengthening of FSH treatment on superovulation and embryo quality in wood bison (Bison bison athabascae) during the non breeding season."
• Runner up: Kayla Bilsborrow, second-year veterinary student (supervised by Dr. Joe Stookey). Poster title: "A behaviour test for measuring post-operative pain in pig castration."
Category 2: Basic Sciences
• First prize: Bailey Wolkowski, a first-year U of S College of Education student who is working toward degrees in physics and education (supervised by Drs. Liz Snead and James Montgomery). Poster title: "Review of freeware programs for the reconstruction of synchrotron based in-line phase contrast computed tomography."
• Runner up: Lisa Johnson, a fourth-year U of S College of Agriculture and Bioresources student (supervised by Dr. Janet Hill). Poster title: "Optimizing a PCR protocol for cpn60-based microbiome profiling."
• Runner up: Serena Caunce, second-year veterinary student (supervised by Dr. Jaswant Singh). Poster title: "The production of reactive oxygen species after FSH withdrawal during superstimulation treatment in cattle."