Graduate Student Awards
Graduate student awards presented by the Department of Animal Sciences include the LOUJA Graduate Travel Awards, W.R. Featherston Awards, and the Book-Harmon Leadership Scholarship (since 2005). Graduate students have received other honors and awards as well.
Animal Sciences awards for 2020
Animal Sciences awards for 2019
Alan Duttlinger (Ph.D., Richert) was an Indiana Farm Bureau 2019 Excellence in Agriculture Award Finalist.
Alan Duttlinger (Ph.D., Richert) received the 2019 ASAS Tim S. Stahly Outstanding Swine Nutrition Graduate Student Award at the Midwest ASAS/ADSA meeting.
NACTA Graduate Teaching Awards were presented to MaryGrace Erickson (M.S., E. Karcher), Jacie Grant (M.S., E. Karcher), Becca Klopp (Ph.D., Boerman), and Megan LaFollette (Ph.D., Gaskill).
MaryGrace Erickson (M.S., E. Karcher) received the College of Agriculture Graduate Student Pathmaker Award, M.S. level. She recieved the Purdue Center for Instructional Excellence Teaching Academy Graduate Teaching Award.
Julie Feldpausch (Ph.D., Richert) received the 2019 Midwest ASAS/ADSA Young Scholar Award.
Jacie Grant (M.S., E. Karcher) received the D. Woods Thomas Award for international study. She received a College of Agriculture Diveristy Unsung Hero Award.
Becca Klopp (Ph.D., Boerman) received the 3rd place award in the Ph.D. Oral Presentation division at the Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference.
Megan LaFollette (Ph.D., Gaskill) received the 1st place award in Purdue's 3-Minute Thesis Competition.
Saheed Osho (Ph.D., Adeola) received the Best Oral Presentation award in the Graduate Student Competition at the International Poultry Scientific Forum. His abstract was "Impact of Dietary Chitosan Oligosaccharide on Coccidia Challenge in Broiler Chickens".
Chan Sol Park (Ph.D., Adeola) received the DSM Science and Technology Award at the Midwest ASAS/ADSA meeting. His presentation was "Protein Quality in Experimental Diets and Amino Acid Digestibility".
Derico Setyabrata (Ph.D., Kim) received the 2019 Institute of Food Technology Muscle Division - Member of the Year Award. This is the first time a student member has been honored with this award.
Carmen Wickware (Ph.D., T. Johnson) received the 2nd place award in the Ph.D. poster division at the Indiana Branch of the American Society for Microbiology meeting. Her abstract was "Composition and Diversity of the Preputial Microbiota in Healthy Bulls".
Alan Duttlinger (Ph.D., Richert) was an Indiana Farm Bureau Excellence in Agriculture Award Finalist.
MaryGrace Erickson (M.S., E. Karcher) was named an Emerging Scholar by the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention.
Jacie Grant (M.S., E. Karcher) received a Lallemand Animal Nutrition Master's Forward Scholarship.
Megan LaFollette (Ph.D., Gaskill) received the Best in Show award at the Canadian Association of Laboratory Animal Science Annual Symposium for her Rat Tickling Workshop. She received the College of Agriculture Graduate Student Pathmaker Award, Ph.D. level. She was named the College of Agriculture's Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant.
Drew Lugar (Ph.D., K. Stewart) received the Graduate Student Award from Purdue University Cooperative Extension Specialists Association.
Derico Setyabrata (Ph.D., Kim) received the third place award in the Research Poster Competition at the AMSA Reciprocal Meat Conference.
In the Processed Meat Judging Contest, Graduate Division, at the AMSA Reciprocal Meat Conference, Melissa Davis (M.S., Erasmus and Zuelly) was first place individual, and the team placed third. Team members were Melissa Davis, Emily Ford (M.S., Zuelly), Derico Setyabrata (Ph.D., Kim), and Siwen Xue.
Matt Aardsma (Ph.D., J. Johnson) received the first place award in the Ph.D. Oral Presentation Competition at the ASAS-CSAS meeting. His presentation was "Measurement of core body temperature via implanted data loggers and development of a prediction equation to predict core body temperature from facial surface temperature in market-weight broiler chickens."
Megan LaFollette (Ph.D., Gaskill and O'Hare) received the Best Student Oral Presentation award at the International Society for Anthrozoology annual meeting in Sydney, Australia. Her presentation was "PTSD Service Dogs: Associations between training techniques, service dog behaviors, & the human-animal bond."
Francisco Cabezon (Ph.D., Schinckel) was honored as an Animal Science Young Scholar at the ASAS Midwest Section meeting.
Brittany Casperson (Ph.D., Donkin) was honored as a Young Dairy Scholar at the ADSA Midwest Branch meeting.
Morgan Garvey (M.S., Eicher) received the Purdue Agriculture Graduate Student Pathmaker Award, given to two students (one M.S. and one Ph.D.) who have distinguished themselves as effective mentors by unselfishly investing in the success of undergraduate researchers-in-training and fellow graduate students.
Megan LaFollette (Ph.D., Gaskill) received a Teaching Academy Graduate Teaching Award at Purdue's Celebration of Graduate Teaching Excellence.
Josey Pukrop (M.S., Schoonmaker) received the D. Woods Thomas Memorial Scholarship for international study.
Megan LaFollette (Ph.D., Gaskill) and Chris Byrd (Ph.D., Lay) received awards at the regional meeting of the International Society of Applied Ethology. Megan won first place for her oral presentation, and Chris won third place for his poster presentation.
Animal Sciences awards for 2016
Brittany Casperson (Ph.D., Donkin) was awarded the first Lallemand Forward Graduate/Ph.D. Scholarship.
Nicholas Lancaster (M.S., Schoonmaker) received the Purdue Agriculture Grad Student Pathmaker Award, given to two students (one M.S. and one Ph.D.) who have distinguished themselves as effective mentors by unselfishly investing in the success of undergraduate researchers-in-training and fellow graduate students.
Nichole Chapel (Ph.D., Lay) won the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Graduate Student Teaching Award at the organization's conference. This award recognizes and rewards graduate students who excel as teachers in the agricultural disciplines.
Animal Sciences awards for 2015
Katie Boesche (Ph.D., Donkin) was the overall winner of the 3 Minute Thesis competition at the Ecological Sciences and Engineering Symposium at Purdue. Her presentation was titled "The relationship between fatty acid metabolism and pyruvate carboxylase."
Katie Boesche (Ph.D., Donkin) was the winner of the Ph.D. Graduate Student Competition at the Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference.
Brittany Casperson (Ph.D., Donkin) received the first place award in the ADSA Production Division Ph.D. student poster competition at the ADSA/ASAS Joint Annual Meeting. Her abstract was titled "Effects of feeding calcium hydroxide-treated corn stover on milk production and milk composition in lactating Holstein cows."
Katie Boesche (Ph.D., Donkin) received the second place award in the ADSA Production Division Ph.D. student oral presentation competition at the ADSA/ASAS Joint Annual Meeting. Her abstract was titled "Pretreatment with saturated and unsaturated fatty acids regulates [1-14C] C16:0 metabolism in Madin-Darby bovine kidney cells."
Xi Chen (Ph.D., Applegate), Pengcheng Xue (Ph.D., Adeola), and Feifei Yan (Ph.D., Cheng) received Certificates of Excellence at the PSA annual meeting. This recognizes students who have presented high-qualty research papers at the meeting.
Xi Chen (Ph.D., Applegate) received the Alltech Student Research Manuscript Award at the PSA annual meeting. This is given to a student for presentation and publication as a senior author of an outstanding research manuscript. Only students who have reeived a Certificate of Excellence for research presentations at a prior PSA annual meeting are eligible for the award.
Animal Sciences awards for 2014
Xi Chen (Ph.D., Applegate) received a Certificate of Excellence at the PSA annual meeting. This recognizes students who have presented high-quality research papers at the meeting.
Animal Sciences awards for 2013
Animal Sciences awards for 2012
Zachary Rambo (Ph.D., Latour and Richert) was selected as the Department's Commitee for the Education of Teaching Assistants (CETA) Teaching Award winner. Zach was also selected for the 2012 NACTA Graduate Student Teaching Award.
Tana Dennis (Ph.D., Nennich) placed third in the Graduate Student Competition at the Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference with her presentation entitled "Evaluation of feed delivery methods for growing dairy heifers".
Patrick Gunn (Ph.D., Lemenager) was selected for the 2012 NACTA Graduate Student Teaching Award.
Blaire Aldridge received a 2012 Wilson G. Pond International Travel Award. She also received a 2012 Fontenot Appreciation Club award for travel to the 2012 ASAS National Meeting.
Heather Tucker was the first place winner of the Land O' Lakes, Purina Feed LLC Graduate Student Poster Contest in Dairy Production (Ph.D. Division) at the 2012 ADSA/ASAS/AMPA/CSAS joint national meeting. Her presentation was, "Genes for lysine catabolism in lactating dairy cows are responsive to postruminal lysine supply."
Keegan Gay was the first place winner of the National Milk Producers Federation Graduate Student Paper Presentation Contest in Dairy Production (M.S. Division) at the 2012 ADSA/ASAS/AMPA/CSAS joint national meeting. His presentation was, "Development of a lifetime merit-based selection index for dairy grazing systems."
Animal Sciences awards for 2011
Patrick Gunn serves as a Graduate Student Director for the Midwest Section of the American Society of Animal Science.
At the annual meeting of the Midwestern Section of the American Society of Animal Science and the Midwest Branch of the American Dairy Science Association, two graduate students were recognized as Young Scholars and were invited to highlight their efforts for their recent or finishing Ph.D.'s. Heather White was recognized as a 2011 Young Dairy Scholar, and Monica Elmore was recognized as a 2011 Animal Science Young Scholar.
Zhengyu Jiang (Ph.D., Applegate) was granted a World's Poultry Science Association travel award to attend the European Poultry Conference in France this August, and was appointed a delegate to visit several companies and governmental agencies after the conference.
P. Michael Banks (M.S., Adeola and Applegate) received the Outstanding Research Presentation poster award during the International Poultry Science Forum. The award was sponsored by the Southern Poultry Science Society, the Southern Conference on Avian Diseases, and the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association.
Jean-Loup Rault (Ph.D., Lay) received a Graduate Teaching Certificate from Purdue's Center for Instructional Excellence.
Two graduate students received Travel Awards from the American Society of Animal Science. Blaire Aldridge received a 2011 Wilson G. Pond International Travel Award. Jean-Loup Rault received a 2011 Fontenot Graduate Student Travel Scholarship.
Animal Sciences awards for 2010
Monica Elmore from Dr. Garner's lab was awarded the Midwestern Section Animal Science Young Scholar from the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) which will be presented in March of 2011 at the Midwest ASAS/ADSA Annual Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. Monica was awarded the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Graduate Student Teacher award. She also received the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award from the Committee for the Education of Teaching Assistants (CETA) from Purdue University Teaching Academy.
Monica Elmore and Collette Thogerson, both from Dr. Garner's lab, received a Graduate Teaching Certificate at Purdue's Celebration of Teaching Excellence in April.
Heather White from Dr. Donkin's lab received the 2010 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Graduate Student Teaching award. She is the Graduate Representative for the American Society of Animal Science.
Chiao-Ling Lo from Dr. Lossie's lab was awarded the PULSe travel award in November of 2010.
Weiyi Liu from Dr. Collodi's lab received the Bisland Dissertation Fellowship from Purdue Graduate school, which honors and provides support to outstanding Ph.D. candidates in their final year of writing.
Mike Banks from Dr. Adeola and Dr. Applegate's lab was awarded a scholarship from the Indiana Horse Council Foundation in the Category of Professional or Graduate Degree Program.
Changsu Kong from Dr. Adeola's lab received the International Ingredient Corporation Pinnacle Graduate Student Award.
Zhengyu Jiang from Dr. Applegate's lab was the Youth Program Winner for XIIIth European Poultry Conference and was also awarded a World Poultry Association Travel Grant.
At the Midwest ADSA/ASAS meeting in March, Nicole Schmelz placed first in the Graduate Student MS Poster Competition. Joshua Jendza and Rosangela Poletto were presented the Animal Science Young Scholars Award and they each gave featured research papers on their research.
Tana Dennis and Nicole Schmelz captured the top two spots in the graduate student research competition in April at the TriState Dairy Nutrition Conference in Fort Wayne. The conference is attended by over 500 veterinarians, feed consultants, and dairy industry professionals. Tana's research presentation was 'Evaluation of dairy heifer performance and pasture composition when co-grazing heifers and goats'. Nicole's presentation was 'Effects of re-ensiling corn silage or haycrop silage with wet distillers grains with solubles on aerobic stability of feed mixtures'.
Alison Anigione, Katie-Sue Fisher, Trisha Isenberg, and Catalina Troche became members of Gamma Sigma Delta in April. Gamma Sigma Delta recognizes academic achievement and accomplishments of students, faculty and alumni in the College of Agriculture, College of Consumer and Family Sciences and the School of Veterinary Medicine.
Animal Sciences awards for 2009
Tyler Buit received the Outstanding Poster Award in the PULSe (Interdisciplinary Life Science) poster competition.
Rachel Dennis received the Alltech Manuscript Award at the Poultry Science Association annual meeting. Her manuscript was "Serotonergic Mediation of Aggression in High and Low Aggressive Chicken Strains." The paper was co-authored by Z.Q. Chen and H.W. Cheng.
Brianna Gaskill received the GSA Participation Award. She received honorable mention for her presentation at the International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE) Regional Meeting in Montreal, Quebec in July.
Patrick Gunn was the first place winner in the M.S. Poster Division at the Midwest ASAS/ADSA meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. His poster was "Effects of crude glycerin on feedlot performance and carcass characteristics of finishing wether lambs." Authors were P. Gunn, M. Neary, R. Lemenager, and S. Lake.
Christine Johnson was named the runner-up in the student presentation competition at the 35th Annual Conference of the International Embryo Transfer Society (IETS), held in San Diego, California. Her presentation focused on some of her recent work with histone methyltransferases and the cleavage stage porcine embryo.
Nicole Schmelz received first place in the graduate student paper competition at the Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference in Fort Wayne. Nicole was the third place winner in the M.S. Poster Division at the Midwest ASAS/ADSA meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. Her poster was "Feeding value of wet distillers grains for lactating dairy cows when co-ensiled with corn silage or hay crop silage." Authors were N.S. Schmelz, S.L. Lake, R.P. Lemenager, D. Buckmaster, M.M. Schutz, and S.S. Donkin.
Collette Thogerson received the GSA Leadership Award.
Heather White was the top poster presentation in the Interdepartmental Nutrition Program poster competition, which was part of the Purdue Botanical Center Symposium. Her poster was "Regulation of Pyruvate Carboxylase Promoters by Environmental and Nutritional Cues." She received the Graduate Student Outstanding Teaching Award from the Center for Instructional Excellence at Purdue. At the ADSA/ASAS/CSAS annual meeting in Montreal, Quebec, Heather received two awards in the ADSA Graduate Student Paper Competition - first place in the Poster competition and second place in the Oral Presentation competition. She received a Travel Scholarship from the Joseph P. Fontenot Appreciation Club of ASAS. It was also announced that she is beginning her term as Graduate Director on the ASAS Board of Directors.
Rosangela Poletto and Joshua Jendza were selected as ASAS Midwest Section Young Scholars for 2010. They will both present a 30 minute invited paper at the 2010 Midwest ASAS/ADSA meeting in Des Moines, Iowa on their research, will be presented a plaque, and receive free registration and a travel stipend.
Animal Sciences awards for 2008
Katherine Baumgarner received a travel grant to attend the Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics at the University of Washington.
Jeffrey Bewley was one of six 2008 Young Dairy Scholars who made an invited presentation at the Midwest ADSA/ASAS meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. This program showcases the efforts of recent or finishing Ph.D.'s from Midwestern universities.
Erin Cedeno received first place in the graduate student competition at the Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference held in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Rachel Dennis received the Graduate Student Excellence Award from the Purdue Graduate Student Government.
C.J. Fleenor placed second in the Graduate Student Paper Competition, M.S. Division, at the Midwest ADSA/ASAS meeting in Des Moines, Iowa.
Monica Pittman was recognized at the International Society of Applied Ethology conference in Dublin, Ireland. Her poster, "The motivation of gestating sows for an enriched group pen and their behavior after 24 hours of deprivation," placed third. Co-authors included Joe Garner, Brian Richert, Richard Kirkden, Anna Johnson, and Ed Pajor.
Rosangela Poletto received a grant from the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) for conference attendance and a Conference attendance award from the Humane Society of the United States to attend ISAE.
Collette Thogerson won a PSA Student Certificate of Excellence Award for a presentation in the Behavior and Well-Being Section of the Poultry Science Association's annual meeting in Niagara Falls, Canada.
Animal Sciences awards for 2007
Oluyinka Olukosi placed first in the Graduate Student Oral Presentation Session at the Louise Stoke's Alliance for Graduate Education Conference at Indiana University.
Animal Sciences awards for 2006
Tayo Adedokun received the Pinnacle Graduate Student Award from the International Ingredient Corporation.
Rachel Dennis received an Animal Welfare Institute research award, and a Humane Society US Travel Award.
Vanessa Kanaan received the National Pork Board Graduate Student Workshop Scholarship. She received the Purdue University Graduate Student Award for Outstanding Teaching.
Rosangela Poletto received a Travel Fund Award from ISAE to attend the congress in Bristol.
Animal Sciences awards for 2005
Jolena Fleming was awarded a Neal A. Jorgensen Genome Travel Award from the USDA Genome Coordinator for travel to the Plant and Animal Genome Conference in San Diego, California.
Kristi Thompson received a graduate student presentation award at the Poultry Science Association annual meeting.
Animal Sciences awards for 2004
Kylie Daniels was second runner-up in the graduate student paper competition at the Midwest ADSA/ASAS meeting.
Tara McDaneld tied for first runner-up in the Ph.D. Graduate Student Paper Competition at the Midwest ADSA/ASAS meeting.
Maria Walsh was recognized as the presenter of an abstract that received a National Pork Board Research Award.
Animal Sciences awards for 2003
Kylie Daniels won the graduate student poster competition at the Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference.
Jody Rush received the graduate student presentation award from the Poultry Science Association.
Animal Sciences awards for 2002
Brian Bowker was awarded the outstanding research presentation by the American Meat Science Association at their national meeting for his thesis research on muscle protein functionality. Brian was selected as a Congressional Science Fellow with the Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS). As a Fellow in this program, Brian will spend one year working as a special legislative assistant with Congressman Nick Smith, Representative from Michigan, advising on a wide range of scientific issues as they pertain to public policy.
Ryan Dilger won the Graduate Student Paper Competition for his phytase work in broilers at the Southern Poultry Science Society national meeting held in Atlanta, Georgia.
Stacy Neuman was awarded the Alltech Student Research Manuscript Award at the Southern Poultry Science Society national meeting held in Atlanta, Georgia.
Mark Woodcock received First Place for the best student presentation, Regional International Society for Applied Ethology, Quebec City, Quebec.
Jason Herrick and Rachel Durkin were awarded Development Traveling Fellowships by The Company of Biologists, Ltd.
Animal Sciences awards for 2001