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Amanda Byers whose research poster earned her first prize in the clinical sciences category. Photo: Melissa Cavanagh.

Students put their best research forward

More than 30 University of Saskatchewan students put their research projects on public display during the WCVM's annual Undergraduate Student Poster Days in early September.

During the two-day event, students described their research projects to classmates, faculty and staff as well as visitors from across the U of S campus. The poster session is the finale for the college's highly successful Undergraduate Student Research and Leadership program that operates from May to August each year.

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."
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