ANSC Annual Graduate Student Awards Luncheon
May 27, 2004
The following W.R. Featherston Awards awards were presented at the
Graduate Student Luncheon, May 27, 2004.
The W.R. Featherston Awards were established to recognize the outstanding
achievements of graduate students in the Department of Animal Sciences. These
awards were established in honor of the leadership and dedication to graduate
students exhibited by Professor W.R. Featherston. Professor Featherston was
on the staff from July 1962 to June 3, 1980, the date of his untimely death.
Professor Featherston’s teaching and research activities were a source of
guidance, encouragement and inspiration to the graduate students.
Awards Selection Committee: Todd Applegate, Shawn Donkin, Diane Moody,
Bill Muir and John Patterson. Awards were presented by Dave Gerrard, chairman
of the Graduate Committee.
W.R. FEATHERSTON OFF-CAMPUS TRAINING FELLOWSHIP
The Featherston Off-campus Training Fellowship was established in memory
of Professor W.R. Featherston to annually provide financial support for an
M.S. or Ph.D. degree student in the Department of Animal Sciences to attend a
formal career development training program, organized workshop, or course off
campus. The recipient will be given a check for reimbursement of the
expenses, certificate of award, individual plaque and her/his name will be
added to the permanent plaque maintained within the department.
Daniele C. Cary
Daniele is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Animal Sciences under
the direction of Dr. Susan Eicher. She joined the ANSC Graduate Program at
Purdue in the Fall 2003. Daniele received her B.S. from Purdue University in
1997. Daniele worked for several years in a cancer laboratory at the
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.
Daniele will be taking the American Association of Immunologists Advance
Course in Immunology at Stanford University (August
14th-20th). It is an intensive course presenting recent
advances in the understanding of immunology and it role in health and disease.
Lectures will be given by leading experts in immunology.
Drs. Eicher and Patterson indicates "The knowledge gained in the AAI
course will allow Daniele to understand the reason for selecting particular
immune functions for various ages and stages of animal production, provide
cutting-edge knowledge of the cells that she will be working with in her
research (dendritic cells), and allow interaction with other immunology
students and premier immunologist of the U.S. ...The benefits ...will be
recognition of the Purdue Animal Science Department's involvement in vanguard
immunology research and to facilitate immunological input from Daniele into
Daniele's award includes up to $1500 in reimbursements.
W.R. FEATHERSTON EARLY GRADUATE CAREER AWARD
The Featherston Early Graduate Career Award was established in memory of
Professor W.R. Featherston to annually recognize the outstanding M.S. or
Ph.D. student within his/her first two years of graduate study. The award
consists of $650, plus a certificate of award, individual plaque and her/his
name will be added to the permanent plaque maintained within the department.
Ryan Neil Dilger
Ryan joined Dr. Layi Adeola's laboratory in the spring of 2002 to pursue
an M.S. degree, specializing in non-ruminant nutrition. Ryan finished his
B.S. degree in Animal Sciences at Purdue University as an undergraduate
student in Dr. Adeola's lab, Ryan completed an Honor's project, wrote and
defended and Honor's Thesis presented the paper in the Undergraduate
Competition at the 2002 Midwest ASAS Meeting and won the Undergraduate Paper
Competition. This paper was recently published in the Journal of Animal
Dr Adeola indicates, "... his Master's degree research paper has been
accepted for publication in Poultry Science. In addition, he has written a
program for sorting pigs and birds which we routinely use when starting
animal experiments. ...Given his intellectual endowment, drive, motivation
and interest, Ryan had the attributes to be a success scientist."
W.R. FEATHERSTON OUTSTANDING GRADUATE TEACHING AWARD
The Featherston Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award was established in
memory of Professor W.R. Featherston to annually recognize the outstanding
teaching by an M.S. or Ph.D. student within the department. The award
consists of $850, plus a Certificate of Award, an Individual plaque and their
name will be added to a permanent plaque maintained within the department.
Amanda D. Weaver
Amanda is pursuing a Ph.D. under the direction of Dr. David Gerrard.
Amanda joined our graduate program in the summer 2001. She received her B.S.
from the Purdue University and passed the M.S. By-Pass examination in January
of 2003. Amanda received nominations for the Graduate Teaching Award for her
accomplishments as a teaching assistant for Animal Sciences, 102,
Introduction to Animal Sciences (lead instructor – Mickey Latour); 301,
Animal Growth and Development, 351, Meat Science (lead instructor – Dave
Gerrard); as guest lecturer in 201 Functional Anatomy and Animal Performance
(lead instructor - Rod Allrich) and 181 as group facilitator, but also for
relentless efforts to serve this department in the form of 'non-classroom'
instruction and outreach.
Nominator comments include, "She is very effective in the classroom and
does a nice job at relating lecture material to discussions in laboratory
sessions. ...It is clear that Amanda has a talent for teaching. ...She
listens to student's concerns and is able to explain material clearly and
accurately. She is a well-prepared, thorough and conscientious teacher that
values human interaction and the process of learning. ...Amanda has
demonstrated the skills to be considered one of the very best...Amanda is
always pleasant and upbeat. She exhibits confidence and sensibility. Amanda
has a bright future and I hope it somehow involves teaching because she is
good at it. ...Amanda is truly an outstanding graduate student. Her teaching
skills make Amanda an asset to both the Animal Sciences Department and Purdue
As the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award recipient, Amanda was
recognized at the University's Celebration of Graduate Student Teaching
Banquet last month.
W.R. FEATHERSTON OUTSTANDING Ph.D. AWARD
The Featherston Outstanding Ph.D. Award was established in memory of
Professor W.R. Featherston to annually recognize the outstanding Ph.D.
student within the department. This award is considered an extremely high
honor in the Graduate Program and serves to reward excellence. The award
consists of $1000, Certificate of Award, an Individual plaque and the
recipient's name will be added to a permanent plaque maintained within the
department. This year the Awards Committee has selected two students to
receive this award.
Edward M. Onyango
Edward is pursuing his Ph.D. under the direction of Dr. Adeola. He entered
the graduate program in the Department in August 1999 and expects to complete
the requirements in Fall 2004. He received his BVM and M.S. from the
University of Nairobi, where he was employed as a lecturer in the Department
of Animal Physiology.
Nominator's comments include, "...The academic record of Edward in the
courses taken at Purdue University is outstanding, his GPA is a phenomenal
3.98...Using his training in Veterinary Medicine and Physiology, Edward set
up a variety of procedures investigate the regulation of intestinal phytase
and to accurately measure amino acid transport across enterocytes both in
vitro in vivo. Toward this end, Edward has accumulated impressive and
thought-provoking data, some of which he has presented at scientific meetings
and some has been published...
Edward's accomplishments include:
- Nine refereed journal articles
- Two manuscripts in review
- Five manuscripts in preparation
- Research Grant, $23,230, Funded
- Taught ANSC 102L
- Lectured in ANSC 522
- Robert L. Hogue Scholarship, 2001: Awarded for doing research with
potential benefits to the poultry industry
- Certificate of Excellence in Graduate Student paper presentation at
Poultry Science Association 92nd Meeting, Madison Wisconsin, July
- Recognized by the Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture (Purdue
University Chapter) for high scholarship and outstanding achievement, April
- Invited presenter at Wabash County Office & Metro North Elementary
School for Purdue University Extension. "Passport Adventure" – Knowing other
cultures of the world.
- President of Adventist Collegiate Fellowship at Purdue organized Grand
Kolapo M. Ajuwon
Kola received his M.S. in December, 2001 and is currently pursuing his
Ph.D. under the direction of Dr. Spurlock.
Nominator's comments include, "It is my opinion that Kola is one of the
finest young students that I have had the privilege of meeting, and that he
is an exemplary doctoral student. His kind and cordial way has made him
popular among his peers and among the faculty, but more than anything, his
academic abilities have earned him their respect. In the classroom, Kola has
completed a rigorous graduate education curriculum with an outstanding GPA
(3.81)...Kola's extraordinary scientific competence is evident in the depth
at which he engages science and in his ability to defend his scientific
opinions...He balances his commitment to graduate education against family
responsibility in a remarkable way..."
Kola's Accomplishments include:
- Seven referred publications
- Two abstracts
- Guest Lecturer and/or taught in ANSC 620, ANSC 595, ANSC 595C and 595R
- Recipient of the LOUJA Award, 2002
- Oral presentation at the Joint ASAS-ADSA-SCAS Meeting, July 2003
Congratulations to the award winners
Plaques maintained in the department will be displayed in showcases – donated by Jake Krider, Professor Emeritus
and a former Department Head of Purdue Animal Sciences.