Molly Addison, a second-year veterinary student at Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) completed the 2018 Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program (BIVSP) by presenting her research findings at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium (NVSS) Aug. 2-4, 2018 at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. The BIVSP at LMU-CVM provides veterinary students with a concentrated research-training program during the summer.
As part of the program, students perform full-time research under supervision of their faculty mentors and participate in all activities of their host laboratories. During the program students are exposed to all aspects of research, including formulation of a hypothesis, designing of experiments, preforming bench research, analysis of data and presentation of results. Addison worked full-time for 10 weeks and received a stipend for $5,000.
“My involvement in the scholars program has been a wonderful experience,” Addison said. “I feel very blessed to have been chosen as the student to represent LMU-CVM at the NVSS with other veterinary scientists in global health research.”
Addison joined over 700 students from colleges around the country to present their research. Addison’s research focused on the development and utilization of iBooks at LMU-CVM within the veterinary anatomy curriculum.
“I have been involved with anatomical research at LMU-CVM since I enrolled, so I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to present the work I've accomplished on a national level,” Addison said. “NVSS provided me numerous educational experiences and generated new connections with individuals focusing on research within the veterinary profession. My involvement with BIVSP has been unforgettable, and I highly suggest participation in the program to any student who plans to have a career in veterinary research.”
The NVSS is the premier scientific seminar which showcases research accomplishments by veterinary students completing summer research internships. The symposium highlights the ways veterinary scientists advance basic and applied research to support global health and enables participants to gain insights into careers in biomedical research.
Addison graduated from Mercer University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She completed her Master of Science in veterinary biomedical sciences at LMU prior to enrolling in LMU-CVM to pursue her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. She hails from Warner Robins, Georgia, and is the daughter of William and Mary Addison.
Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine is located on LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s medical programs and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 7150 or visit us online at vetmed.LMUnet.edu.