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Student Organizations and Student Research



Your participation in one of the several science or health-oriented student clubs, as well as faculty personal contacts, can facilitate your entry into the clinical world:

Theta Epsilon Tau Pre-Health Student Association
This Pre-Health Student Association provides instruction and information for students preparing for careers in the pre-Dental, pre-PT, pre-OT, and pre-Optometry.

In Fall 2012 three new student groups on campus were formed for specific pre-health areas:
Pre-Pharmacy Club
This club will focus on pre-pharmacy experiences and education.  Members of this group have the opportunity to become a member and participate in the national American Pharmacy Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists as well as the Student National Pharmaceutical Association.

Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) - Premedical Honor Society
AED is the national premedical organization. As the name suggests, students in this group will be focusing on entering allopathic medical school via leadership, education and philanthropic opportunities. 

Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA)
SOMA is the national pre-osteopathic medicine association. Students in this group will be focusing on entering osteopathic medical school via leadership, education and philanthropic opportunities.


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Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) Club Members











Tennessee Physiological Society Meeting

The Fifth Annual Tennessee Physiological Society Meeting was held at Belmont University on Friday, November 22nd in Beaman A&B.  This society, chartered in 2009 as a chapter of The American Physiological Society, seeks to "enhance and advance the field of physiology with all its molecular, cellular, organ and organismal basic and applied disciplines of research and education and unite the Physiologists for this purpose within the State of Tennessee.”  Dr. Nick Ragsdale, Associate Professor of Biology at Belmont University, serves as President of this organization.

The keynote speakers at the meeting included Dr. Edgar Diaz-Cruz, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Belmont University, who presented "Tamoxifen or letrozole … Which drug will better treat my breast cancer?" There were also poster presentations by undergraduate and graduate students from the Middle Tennessee area. Justin Hughes and D’angeleau Newsome from Belmont University tied for the best undergraduate presentation award and the $100 cash prize.

tpsThere were four Belmont students that presented research posters:

Justin Hughes, a Biology major, presented “Study of Caffeine’s Neuroprotective effects on Caenorhabditis Elegans treated with 6-hydroxydopamine”. His faculty advisor is Nick Ragsdale.

Taylor Brown, a Biology major, presented “HPLC Measured Nucleotide Concentrations in Staphylococcus aureus Infected and Uninfected Caenorhabditis elegans”.  Her faculty advisor is Nick Ragsdale.

Maria Martino, a Biology major, presented “The Effect of the Tub-1 Gene on Mortality of Caenorhabditis elegans Infected with Staphylococcus aureus”. Her faculty advisor is Nick Ragsdale.

D’Angeleau Newsome, a Biology major, presented “Affect of Hypoxia Inducible Factor on Mortality of Ceanorhabditis elegans Infected with Staphylococcus aureus”. His faculty advisor is Nick Ragsdale.



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On St. Patrick's Day, Sunday, March 17th, members of Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) - Premedical Honor Society participated in a service project at the Ronald McDonald House in Nashville. The students prepared a meal for the families and stayed and ate lunch with them. 

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville is to “keep families close” by providing essential resources and a “home away from home” for families of critically ill children receiving inpatient or outpatient medical care at Nashville area hospitals.



Fall 2013 Club Meetings and Events
September 18     10:00 AM       HSB408   Representatives from UT-Memphis Health Science Center will be available to discuss their graduate school programs
September 27                          10:00 AM                   HSB408                    Pre-Health Event:  Kaplan Test Prep will discuss the current MCAT and the changes to the 2015 MCAT 
 October 9  10:00 AM  HSB408 Stephanie Cole from ETSU's Quillen College of Medicine will be available to discuss their graduate programs



Psi Chi - The National Honor Society in Psychology
Psychology Club
Beta Beta Beta - The Biological Honorary Society
Beta Chi
SMACS - Student Members of the American Chemical Society


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