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K-State Today

October 11, 2012



College of Veterinary Medicine selects 2012 class of Early Admission Scholars

By Communications and Marketing

Twenty-five undergraduates students at Kansas State University have been formally accepted into the 2012 class of the College of Veterinary Medicine's Early Admission Scholars program.

Since it was established in 1999, the program has recruited academically qualified undergraduate students who want to study veterinary medicine. After acceptance into the program, completion of 64 hours of pre-professional requirements, and completion of three years of undergraduate work or completion of a bachelor's degree, the scholars are admitted into the College of Veterinary Medicine.

"This is the top 5 percent of K-State students according to their college acceptance test scores," said Ronnie Elmore, associate dean for academic programs, admissions and diversity at the College of Veterinary Medicine. "Qualifying for this program is valuable because we have hundreds of applicants each year for a limited number of positions. This program allows these students to know early in their undergraduate programs that they have a place in the veterinary college. Each veterinary class is only 112 students, but more than 1,200 apply each academic year."

Successful candidates in the Early Admission Scholars program must maintain at least a 3.4 grade point average during completion of the pre-professional requirements. By their third year of undergraduate studies, the scholars may petition for enrollment in the first year of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program.

The College of Veterinary Medicine assigns each scholar a student mentor to stimulate career and academic development and to provide orientation and access to college activities. The pre-veterinary students attend regular meetings during the academic year to develop a sense of community and share their progress.

The 2012 class of Early Admission Scholars includes:

Laura Erbe, freshman in animal sciences and industry, Altoona; Sara Teague, freshman in animal sciences and industry, Cheney.

From Greater Kansas City: Jordan Green, freshman in animal sciences and industry, Kansas City, Mo.; Emily Mast, freshman in pre-veterinary medicine, and Morgan Shmidl, freshman in animal sciences and industry, both from Lenexa; Stephen Mercer, freshman in animal sciences and industry, Olathe; and Mallory Fleenor, freshman in animal sciences and industry, Shawnee.

Callie Weibert, freshman in animal sciences and industry, Gypsum; Jason Banning, freshman in animal sciences and industry, and Abigail Lechtenberg, freshman in biochemistry, both from Hutchinson; Lauren Barlow, freshman in pre-veterinary medicine, Inman; Elizabeth Wilk, sophomore in animal sciences and industry, Osage City; Megan Ewell, sophomore in animal sciences and industry, Randolph; Elsie Suhr, junior in pre-veterinary medicine, Sabetha; Savannah Stewart, freshman in pre-veterinary medicine, Valley Center; Bailey Spencer, freshman in pre-veterinary medicine, Wichita; and Carlee Wollard, freshman in pre-veterinary medicine, Winfield.

From out of state:

Tess Rychener, sophomore in animal sciences and industry, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Amanda Dainton, sophomore in feed science and management, Mansfield Center, Conn.; Samantha Bolen, sophomore in animal sciences and industry, Carrollton, Ill.; Jared Bourek, freshman in animal sciences and industry, Dodge, Neb.; Taylor Papstein-Novak, freshman in animal sciences and industry, York, Neb.; Rachel Eisen-McGinn, freshman in animal sciences and industry, Haworth, N.J.; William Mischnick, freshman in animal sciences and industry, Arlington, Texas; and Katelyn Comstock, freshman in animal sciences and industry, Weatherford, Texas.