By Kecil John
Courtney Hughes of Flossmoor, Illinois, was recently awarded the 2016 Dan Bolin Undergraduate Award in recognition of her leadership, academic excellence, and commitment to the community. Hughes is a junior studying zoology with a concentration in animal behavior and neurobiology.
Hughes is active in many organizations on campus, from being a Spartan Ambassador to a peer advising leader for the Vetward Bound program in the College of Veterinary Medicine. She is the treasurer for the Pre-Veterinary Medical Association, and a member of the Distinguished Delta Zeta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. Hughes is currently serving as the community service chair of F.A.M.I.L.Y., and will take office as Vice President in the fall. This summer, Hughes plans on interning at the Parameswaran Lab in MSU's Department of Physiology through the Undergraduate Student Summer Research Program at the College of Veterinary Medicine
Hughes has been admitted to MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine as a Veterinary Scholar through the MSU Honors College, and will begin her graduate degree in the fall of 2017. She plans on obtaining a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and specializing in surgery or emergency medicine.