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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 was previously the only Pre-Health Student Organization at Belmont. In Fall 2012 three new student groups on campus were formed for specific pre-health areas to provide instruction and information for students.


Pre-Pharmacy Student Association
The Pre-Pharmacy Student Association is committed to providing academic, extracurricular, and career guidance for students interested in a career in pharmacy. 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.  Find more information on the Belmont PSA Facebook page!

2015/16 Club Officers

President:  Danielle Dauchot
Vice-President:  Lindsay McCloughan
Secretary:  Maddy Ricardo
Treasurer:  Parin Patel
Event Coordinator:  Madalyn Chilcutt

Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) - Prehealth Honor Society
AED is the National Health Pre-Professional Honor Society dedicated to the encouragement and recognition of excellence in pre-professional health scholarship, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary, and others. The Society welcomes ALL students engaged in the pursuit of a professional healthcare career. AED offers opportunities for intellectual and professional development, provides a forum for students with common interests, and extends a program of service to benefit the college/university community. Find more information on the Belmont AED Facebook page!

Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) Club Members


2015/16 Club Officers

President:  Brian Song
Convocation Chair:  Prisha Patel
Pre-Med Advising Chair:  Austin DeMaagd
Treasurer:  Mohamed Darwish
Community Outreach Chairs:  Anna Margaret McDonnell and Ambrose Rice

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.

Fall 2015 Meetings and Events

September 2       4:00 - 5:00 PM                        WAC1037       AED Club is sponsoring an ice cream social for all science clubs
September 4    10:00 AM WAC4111 AED Club Meeting -- Introductory meeting to discuss plans for the semester
September 16 10:00 AM WAC3079 AED Club Meeting -- University of Tennessee will be discussing their graduate programs
September 28                4:00 PM WAC5001 AED Club Meeting -- Dr. Jennifer Kimble, Director of Admissions at Vanderbilt Medical School,  will be discussing the graduate school admission process  
October 2 10:00 AM WAC4111 AED Club Meeting-- Peer mentoring
October 3 7:00 - 10:00 AM  AED Club Service Event -- Vandy Heart Walk
October 5 10:00 AM WAC2141 Pre-Pharmacy Club meeting
October 7 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM                                 AED Club Bake Sale  
October 16 10:00 AM WAC1034 Biology Dept. Speaker panel to discuss "Biomedical Graduate and Medical Programs: Which is right for me?"
October 16 10:00 AM WAC4111 AED Club Meeting -- Princeton Review representative to discuss MCAT
October 28 10:00 AM Chapel Faith & Science -- Dr. Cymbeline Culiat, President and CSO of Nell One Therapeutics. Co-sponsored by the College of Sciences & Mathematics 
November 2 10:00 AM WAC2141 Pre-Pharmacy Club meeting
November 20                           10:00 AM WAC4111 AED Club Meeting -- Kaplan MCAT Jeopardy
December 3 4:00 - 5:00 PM WAC4094 2015 Science Undergraduate Research Symposium (SURS) Keynote address
December 4 10:00 AM WAC4111 AED Club Meeting  
December 7 10:00 AM WAC2141 Pre-Pharmacy Club meeting

The Belmont Pre-Pharmacy Student Association is selling “CitySaver” coupon books as a fundraiser for their organization.

Each book contains 400+ pages of coupons for the greater Nashville area along with a free mobile phone app that includes additional coupons. Coupons range from Buy One Get One deals at local restaurants to discounted admission prices to Nashville attractions. The books cost $25 each (we accept credit cards) and all coupons are valid at participating locations until December of 2015. For additional details you can visit their webpage at http://nashville.citysaver.com/

If you are interested, contact Ashley Miller at ashleya.miller@pop.belmont.edu or Rebekah Shepherd at rebekah.shepherd@pop.belmont.edu or you can stop any member if you see us on campus. We appreciate your support!

AED Club Volunteers at Ronald McDonald House

Belmont student members of the Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) – Premedical Honor Society, made and served breakfast to guests at the Ronald McDonald House on a recent Sunday morning. 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. The programs run by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville include a 32-bedroom Ronald McDonald House and the Ronald McDonald Family Room on the 5th Floor of the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.


The six AED club members cooked a big breakfast of eggs, pancakes, toast, and bacon along with juice and yogurt and the leftovers, along with the extra food and supplies they brought, are gathered and put in the community kitchen fridge for guests to have throughout the week.

Pre-Health Students Volunteer at Project Cure



Belmont University Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) Premedical Honor Society members volunteered at Project Cure-Nashville on Saturday, March 21st, from 9:00 AM -12 noon. The AED Club members participating were Nancy Le, Libby Ligon, Madeline Johnson, Austin DeMaagd, Himesh Zaver, Jacob Dahm, Brooke Pugsley, and Alicia Hsu. AED members sorted through a lot of medical supplies such as IV tubing, suture supplies, and casts/braces on Saturday and made them ready to be shipped off.

Project C.U.R.E. (Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment) was founded in 1987.  Project Cure - Nashville is one of 5 distribution centers in the United States where donated medical supplies are sorted, packaged, and labeled to be sent to various countries that do not have the healthcare system or infrastructure that we have. Thanks to the dedication of thousands of volunteers nationwide, two to three cargo containers of life-saving aid leave Project C.U.R.E.’s warehouses every week. For more information on Project Cure, click on this link:  http://projectcure.org/about/history

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.

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.

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