Degrees bestowed on summer M.S. and Ph.D. graduates

Congratulations to our new M.S. and Ph.D. recipients! Several of the UF College of Veterinary Medicine’s graduate students completed their programs and received their degrees virtually Aug. 14, with the coronavirus pandemic having moved the traditional commencement ceremonies to online formats.

The college’s director of graduate education,  Dr. Jorge Hernandez, represented the office of Research and Graduate Studies on behalf of the college’s interim associate dean for research and graduate studies. The event was posted on the web at 6 p.m. — the same time the new graduate degree recipients would traditionally be gathered in person to receive their M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

Dr. David Pascual, interim associate dean for research and graduate studies, virtually conferred the degrees.

“These talented individuals have worked so hard to get where they are today,” said the college’s interim dean, Dr. Dana Zimmel. “I can’t wait to see the exciting ways they will go forward in their careers to advance biomedical research for the betterment of animal, human and environmental health.”

And the new graduate degree recipients are:

Ph.D. degree:

  • Preeyanan Sriwanayos (mentored by Dr. Tom Waltzek)

Master of Science degree (thesis-based):

  • Christine Boss (mentored by Dr. Caryn Plummer)
  • Paoul Martinez (mentored by Dr. Caryn Plummer)
  • Victoria Rocha Merenda (mentored by Dr. Ricardo Chebel)

Master of Science degree (non-thesis, distance education):
Shelter Medicine
(Program coordinator, Dr. Terry Spencer)

  • Jessica Morgan Burns
  • Scarlet Rose Harrison
  • Ashley Marie Intihar
  • Katie Marrie

Veterinary Forensic Sciences
(Program coordinator, Dr. Jason Byrd)

  • Madison Bryan
  • Yesenia Fernandez
  • Cynthia Nicole McLean
  • Becky Morrow
  • Kathleen Christena Newton
  • Cindy Ann Niswonger
  • Roseanne F. Palmieri
  • Katya Maria Ruszczyk
  • Alena Corinne Seaman
  • Rachel Touroo (thesis)

Forensic Toxicology
(Program coordinator, Dr. Ian Tebbett)

  • Madison Maguire Long
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