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Rudd Places 2nd in 3MT

Thursday, February 25 2016

Jennifer Rudd

Jennifer Rudd, DVM, of Perkins, Okla., would love to continue her research and teaching. According to the OSU alumna (bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences in 2008 and a DVM degree in 2011), the ultimate place to do both would be right here at OSU.

“Teaching is my favorite part of what I do,” says Rudd. “My dream job would be to stay right here at OSU.”

A PhD student under the advisement of Dr. Narasaraju Teluguakula in the Department of Physiological Sciences at OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, Rudd recently placed second in the center’s 3 Minute Thesis Competition. The object of the competition is to hone the presenter’s skills to successfully describe his or her research in laymen’s terms in three minutes or less. A panel of three judges from outside the veterinary center selected first, second and third places while those attending the competition voted for the People’s Choice Award.

Rudd received $200 for her presentation entitled, “Battling Superinfections: A Body at War.”

After earning her DVM degree from OSU, Rudd completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Missouri. She spent a couple of years in private veterinary practice before returning to OSU to pursue her PhD.

“My interest lies in respiratory infectious disease,” she continues. “I am fascinated by the complicated, generally efficient show of force that our bodies display when exposed to infection. Immunology and response to infectious disease is a field with so much potential and so much still unknown. Each time we collectively figure out a small part, we discover how many more things we have yet to explain.”

You can view Rudd’s award winning presentation at 3 Minute Thesis Competition.


Contact: Derinda Blakeney, APR | OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences | 405-744-6740 | derinda@okstate.edu