Kate Woodard, a senior biology major at William Woods University in Fulton, Mo., received two prestigious awards during the Academic Convocation at WWU April 22. She was awarded the Faculty Award and also named a Distinguished Scholar in Biology.
She is daughter of Bruce and Melodee Woodard of rural Madison County.
The Faculty Award is given to the graduate magna cum laude or summa cum laude “who, in the estimation of the faculty of William Woods, has shown exemplary devotion and commitment to the life of the mind.”
Woodard has demonstrated an extraordinary level of involvement and achievement in both equestrian science and biology, throughout the university and in the community.
With her sight set on becoming an equine veterinarian, Woodard has a 4.0 GPA and has completed a major in biology, a minor in chemistry, and almost every course required of an equestrian science major.
She is the Amy Shelton McNutt scholar for her class and a WWU Honors Program participant. Woodard is a charter member of the Pi Phi chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the National Honorary Society of the Biological Sciences, and of Alphi Chi, the overall National Honorary Society. She is a serious biology and English tutor, known for setting high standards and expectations for her students.
Woodard spent one year in a Mentor/Mentee project proposing, planning and implementing the first Equestrian Special Olympics for the state of Missouri, held at William Woods University in the spring of 2008. This successful project involved service-learning and the supervision of more than 60 WWU student volunteers.
She is a member of President’s Twenty, the Campus Crusade for Christ Servant Team and the Biology Club. Volunteering is high on her list of priorities. You can often find her serving as emcee at a campus horse show, or running the paperwork in the show office. This spring she served as a captain of the Relay for Life campaign.
Woodard is ambitious about learning. Determined to master the various riding disciplines at WWU, she has put in countless hours projecting horses for many different types of competition. She is the recipient of many Missouri Horse Show Association Awards.
Although not required, she chose three different internship experiences. During school breaks, she worked for a horse shoer (blacksmith) and an equine veterinarian. She spent a grueling summer training endurance horses for 100-mile races. Currently she is completing an internship with Equine Medical Services in Columbia, Mo.
Woodard is diverse in her interests, striving for excellence in all of them. She has achieved success with photography, various musical instruments and vocals. She even trained a therapy dog for Therapy Dogs International.
Since the age of 5, she has been determined to become a veterinarian. Throughout her high school and college careers she has maximized her educational opportunities to pursue her professional goal of specializing in equine orthopedics and lameness.
“She completed courses required for the biology major by the end of her junior year, and has successfully been able to manage the difficult task of finding time to keep one foot in the biology department and the other in equestrian science, while still being active in extracurricular activities in the William Woods and broader community,” said the faculty who nominated her for the award.
“Kate has already achieved the first step toward her dream, by being accepted into three schools of veterinary medicine for the 2009 matriculating class. We are confident she will achieve the rest of her goal.”
Woodard will enter the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in the fall.