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:
In Fall 2012 three new student groups on campus were formed for specific pre-health areas:
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. Find more information on the Belmont PSA Facebook page!
Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) - Premedical Honor Society
Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) Club Members
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. Find more information on the Belmont AED Facebook page!
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.
Spring 2015 Meetings and Events
February 2 10:00 AM WAC2139 A representative from Kaplan will be discussing graduate school test preparation -- sponsored by the Pre-Pharmacy Student Association
February 6 10:00 AM WAC3097 AED Club Meeting -- will be discussing the graduate school admissions process and the AMCAS application
February 20 10:00 AM WAC4098 CANCELLED AED Club Meeting -- Lincoln Memorial University-Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine representative
February 22 8:30 AM AED Club Service Event -- Serving breakfast at the Ronald McDonald House in Nashville
March 6 10:00 AM WAC3097 AED Club Meeting -- Kaplan MCAT Jeopardy
March 28 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM The Meharry Chapter of the Student National Dental Association (SNDA) will be hosting their annual Impressions Day. This is an opportunity for undergraduates to learn about the dental profession, DAT test preparation, and a tour of the dental school. Click here for more information.
March 30 10:00 AM WAC3097 AED Club Meeting -- UMHS - St. Kitts Medical School representative
April 19 AED Club Service Event -- MS Walk at LP Field
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 email@example.com or Rebekah Shepherd at firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Ten Belmont students, members of the Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) - Premedical Honor Society, recently volunteered at Project C.U.R.E. (Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment). Project Cure Nashville is one of five 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 is found in the U.S. The AED student organization members sorted through a lot of medical supplies and made them ready to be shipped off. 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.
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.
There 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.