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SUNY Chancellor's Award recognizes two vet students

honorceremonyOn April 7, 2009, two students from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine were recognized for their academic excellence. Michele Barrett and Tamika Lewis (pictured at right, respectively) received the 2009 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. The award is given to fourth year students who have demonstrated exceptional merit not only in the classroom, but who have also excelled in other areas of their lives, including leadership, community service, and career achievement. SUNY Vice Chancellor, John J. O’Connor bestowed this honor upon 238 SUNY college students across the state.

As a student, Michele Barrett has been consistently at the top of her class: she participated in the Smith-Kilborne program and received the Michele and Agnese Cestone Foundation Scholarship, which covered full tuition for all four years of veterinary college. She also volunteered with a group of global volunteers for a month-long humanitarian trip to trip to Tanzania. Michele was also the recipient of the Horace K. White Prize at the 2009 Hooding Ceremony. The experiences that she gained at Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine made her decide that she wanted to practice large animal medicine and she will begin working at a dairy practice in Geneva, New York.

Tamika Lewis was the College’s representative at the North American Veterinary Conference, which she attended annually. She also received grants to conduct veterinary research in developing countries, such Guatemala and Zambia. Tamika served in many leadership positions while at Cornell in several veterinary student organizations, such as Veterinary Students as One in Culture and Ethnicity (V.O.I.C.E), Veterinary Students for Animal Welfare, the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association, and the Student Chapter of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. She will continue with her career by serving in a rotating medicine and surgery internship program in New York.