Research Awards


The objectives of the Society of Phi Zeta are to recognize and promote scholarship and research in matters pertaining to the welfare and diseases of animals. To this end, the National Society of Phi Zeta conducts a Research Manuscript Award competition each year.  Award recipients receive a check for $1,000 and an inscribed plaque.


The Society invites chapters to submit up to two outstanding research manuscripts to be judged for an award in one of two categories: 

  • Basic Research category

  • Clinical or Applied Research category

Each Phi Zeta chapter may sponsor up to two candidates — one for each of the award categories. The application must state under which category each manuscript is being submitted.  



  • The candidate does not need to be a Phi Zeta member.

  • The candidate must be a veterinarian involved in a graduate or research program within the past 2 years. This means that a current resident/intern or a recent graduate would be eligible.

  • The candidate must be the first author.

  • The paper must have been either accepted for publication or already published in a peer reviewed journal. If accepted but not yet published a verifying letter from the journal is required.


If your chapter has more than one paper in one or both of the categories you will need to do an internal review to choose which one you want to submit BEFORE sending to the chair of the research awards committee. In this case you should decide on an internal deadline that will give you enough time for this before your final submission.

Recipients of each award will be selected by the National Phi Zeta Awards committee which is composed of five Phi Zeta members from institutions with Phi Zeta chapters.  The awards are presented at the sponsoring Phi Zeta chapter’s initiation ceremony, awards banquet, or other appropriate gathering.

Submission Process

Awards Committee


Elizabeth Rozanski, Chair, Tufts University

Kaori Sakomoto, University of Georgia

Dan Thomson, Kansas State University

Lauren Trepanier, University of Wisconsin

Jennifer L. Buur, Western University of Health Sciences

Talia Guttin, St. George's University



Charles E. Wiedmeyer 
University of Missouri 

President Elect


Past Presidents

Susan Tornquist

Susan Williams

Paige Carmichael


Missy Josephson

Auburn University 


The next annual meeting will be a virtual meeting in July 2021. 

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