ANSC Annual Graduate Student Awards Luncheon
Thursday, May 17, 2007
The Animal Sciences Annual Graduate Student Awards Luncheon was held in conjunction with the events of the Celebration of Science Week. The week included the LOUJA Competition, the ANSC Graduate Student Awards luncheon as well as speakers from the University of Bristol (Dr. Mike Mendl), Premium Standard Farms (Jeff Hill) and our own Department (Dr. Scotti Hester).
2007 ANSC Graduate Committee
David Gerrard, Chair.
Committee members: Layi Adeola, Ryan Cabot, Joe Garner, Scott Radcliffe and Alan Sutton.
THE LOUJA GRADUATE TRAVEL AWARDS were established to provide grants to Animal Sciences Graduate students, presenting outstanding research papers based upon original research and excellence of presentation. The LOUJA Graduate Travel Awards were established in honor of the leadership and dedication to the animal industry of Dr. and Mrs. J.L. Krider. Dr. Krider served as Head of Purdue's Department of Animal Sciences from 1963 to 1971 and Professor until his retirement in 1979. Previously he has served on the staffs of Cornell University and University of Illinois as well as on administrative assignments with Central Soya. He was very active in many organizations serving as President of the American society of Animal Science and as a consultant to several organizations and countries.
Each year, Dr. Jake Krider and his wife, Louise, provide travel funds to a few Animal Science graduate students to attend scientific meetings. Eligible students must be the author or a co-author on the abstract and must be the presenter at the meeting. Meetings can be regional, national, or international as long as the proceedings are published to public acquisition or viewing. Students will have 12 min. for the oral presentation followed by a 3-minute questionnaire period. This time schedule applied to both slide and poster presentations.
Mrs. Krider passed in October, 2000 and Dr. Krider passed in June, 2005.
2007 LOUJA AWARD WINNERS
Monica Pittman, Tayo Adedokun, Nathan Horn, Luca Magnani, Jolena Waddell, Darrin Karcher, and Wei Zhai (not pictured)
PRESENTATION OF 2007 BOOK-HARMON LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP
The Book Harmon Leadership Scholarship was established in 2005 by Bob Book and Bud Harmon in recognition of their efforts to provide and promote leadership in animal agriculture. Each year, the Book-Harmon Leadership Scholarship provides a $1,000 scholarship to reward a graduate student in Animal Sciences that has displayed outstanding leadership skills and efforts.
Criteria for receiving the scholarship:
- Major in Animal Sciences
- Have and maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0
- Possess good communication and leadership skills
- Be involved with department, university and national organizations
The Book-Harmon Leadership Scholarship is awarded to Jolena Waddell.
Jolena joined Dr. Bidwell's laboratory in August of 2004 after completing her M.S. from Texas Tech University She has maintains an outstanding GPA (3.71) and has been active in ANSC Graduate Student Association serving as Ambassador Liaison, as Vice President and now President.
She has taught Animal Science courses in "Super Saturdays", "Science: It's a Girl Thing", "Shake Hands with Your Future", as well as ANSC 311, 491, 381, and 442.
Jolena has co-chaired the 2006 Barnyard Olympics and assisted Dr. Neary in the Sheep Extension Programs.
In the community she has served on the Committee for Jubilee Christmas, the Building & Grounds Committee and Wedding/Baby Shower Committee at Elston Presbyterian Church.
Jolena states that "Leadership is a skill and an attitude that we can all attain and improve continuously." She describes leadership in a quote from Shep Hyken. "Leaders (regardless of their position) are visionaries with the ability to persuade, teach, mentor, coach and move people to their highest performance."
2007 G.W. FRIARS INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE STUDENT FELLOWSHIP
The purpose of the Gerry W. Friars Fellowship is to alleviate some of the monetary stress of foreign students at Purdue University. Dr. Gerry Friars completed his Ph.D. at Purdue University in 1961, while on leave from the Ontario Agricultural College; the College later became part of the University of Guelph. Dr. Friars' career at Guelph from 1951 to 1985 involved teaching and research in poultry and fish genetics and breeding. From 1985 to 1995 he was the Chief Scientist at the Atlantic Salmon Federation with a cross appointment at the University of New Brunswick. His long association with graduate students cultivated an awareness of the financial needs of these students. An annual award of $400 is awarded to an international M.S. or Ph.D. student studying quantitative poultry or fish genetics in the Department of Animal Sciences. This year's recipient is: Alan Fahey.
Alan received his bachelor's degree in Animal Science at the University College Dublin, Ireland. In 2000, he received an internship award to work as a research assistant at Purdue University. He began his Masters program in 2001 majoring in Quantitative Genetics and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Neurophysiology and Animal Welfare.
Alan's nominator states that "He has been very productive in his time with an overwhelming enthusiasm for the pursuit of scientific knowledge…Alan has dedicated himself in animal science and desires to assist small farming practices in maximizing their efficiency…"
2007 PRESENTATION OF THE W.R. FEATHERSTON AWARDS
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.
2007 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. This year we have two recipients of this award: Collette Thogerson and Jeffrey Bewley.
Collette Thogerson (up to $1000 in reimbursements) joined the ANSC Graduate Program at Purdue University in the Spring 2005. She received her B.S. from the University of California, Davis in 2003 and is currently pursuing her Masters under the direction of Dr. Joe Garner.
Through a competitive application process, Collette was selected for an internship at the Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute in Sardinia, Italy. This internship is a unique opportunity to study dolphin behavior in the wild. It is difficult to assess abnormal behavior in captive dolphins without having an understanding of normal wild dolphin behavior. In addition to studying behavior, this internship will provide her with the opportunity to learn photo identification techniques, a valuable skill when trying to differentiate individuals; as well as gaining insight into their social structure.
Collette was not able to attend today she is already in Italy and hard at work, Dr. Garner will accept this award in her behalf.
Jeffrey Bewley (up to $1000 in reimbursements) joined the ANSC Graduate Program at Purdue University in the Spring of 2004. He received his Masters degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000 and is pursuing his Ph.D. under the direction of Dr. Mike Schutz.
Jeffrey will be participating in the "Simulation and Econometric Models for Probabilistic Forecasting and Risk Analysis" course offered at Texas A&M University. This course represents a unique opportunity for Jeffrey to broaden his quantitative analysis skill set. The quantitative research methods presented fit well within his research program focused on the economics and applications of intervention technologies in the dairy industry. Attending this course will play an essential role in Jeffrey career development and prove to be an invaluable part of his Ph.D. program.
2007 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. This year's recipient is Rachel Dennis.
In the summer of 2004 Rachel worked as Dr. Cheng's research assistant on an independent study. For her research, Rachel was responsible for conducting the initial literature review for the project, helping to develop the experimental design for examining the effect of social stress on behavioral plasticity. Rachel received her M.S. from Maryland University in 2004 and joined Purdue Graduate School in June 2005 under the direction of Dr. Cheng.
Nominator's comments include: " …She maintains the highest standards of moral and ethical courage. She has performed exceptionally well in the classes, and she is dependable, reliable and has good leadership skills, and is highly motivated to become successful….Rachel is an extremely hard worker, with an overwhelming enthusiasm for the pursuit of scientific knowledge…These accomplishments provide ample indication of her desire and abilities to be success in her career."
2007 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. This year's recipient is Jeffrey Bewley.
Jeffrey joined our graduate program in the Spring of 2004. He received his Masters degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000 and is pursuing his Ph.D. under the direction of Dr. Mike Schutz. Jeffrey received nominations for the Graduate Teaching Award for his accomplishments as a teaching assistant for Animal Sciences 444, Dairy Management (3 years); 495e, Dairy Farm Evaluation (2 years); 381, Career Leadership (1 year).
Jeffrey's nominator's comments include: "…Jeffrey clearly teaches because he cares about students and because he wants to share his enthusiasm for our animal agriculture industries with undergraduate students; and students quickly react to that enthusiasm…Jeffrey will one day be a very successful instructor and researcher and a respected departmental citizen. He has clearly helped to bring our undergraduate dairy programs 'to the next level'."
As the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award recipient, Jeffrey was recognized at the University's Celebration of Graduate Student Teaching Banquet last month.
2007 W.R. FEATHERSTON OUTSTANDING M.S. AWARD
The Featherston Outstanding M.S. Award was established in memory of Professor W.R. Featherston to annually recognize the Outstanding M.S. student within the department. This is the first year for nominations for this award and like the Outstanding Ph.D. award is considered an extremely high honor in the Graduate Program and serves to reward excellence. The award consists of $500, Certificate of Award, an Individual plaque and the recipient's name will be added to a permanent plaque maintained within the department. The Featherston Outstanding M.S. Award is presented to: Erin Schenck.
Erin received her B.S. in Animal and Veterinary Science from West Virginia University in 2005; entering Purdue University's Graduate Program in the Summer of 2005 under the direction of Drs. Donald Lay, Jr. and Jeremy Marchant-Forde.
Nominator's comments include: " …I have worked with many graduate students and Erin is without doubt at the top of list in terms of integrity, work ethic, and professionalism… Erin's leadership on the project his been outstanding. Independently she has organized work crews to help with the project, recruited people outside the unit, and networked across departments and universities to get the expertise on the project to ensure its success. There has never been a moment when Erin let a detail slide and her interactions with the farm crew and the scientists have created an interactive effort…Erin does such great work that I would trust her to run any of my research with out oversight or concern. She is truly top notch."
2007 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 we have co-recipient of this award: Jolena Waddell and Amanda Weaver.
Jolena Waddell received her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Tech University in 2002, Summa Cum Laude with Honors, also receiving her Master of Science from Texas Tech University in 2004 and came to Purdue University entering the Animal Science graduate program in August 2004 to pursue her Ph.D. under the direction of Dr. Bidwell.
Nominator's comments include: "Jolena Waddell is the best graduate student that I have ever had and she is one of the best this department has had in the 17 years that I have been on the faculty. Jolena has done an excellent job in all aspects of her graduate program and been an active and involved member of our department. She has completed her plan of study with exemplary grades and passed her exams in a timely manner. Her research has gone very well and she always takes a task to completion. She has published her M.S. work and has one paper and several abstracts from her Purdue work in print…
"Mrs. Jolena Waddell is an excellent and productive graduate student who has taken a leadership role and assumed a great deal of responsibility while in my program. My confidence in her abilities is in large part why I could take a sabbatical leave. She has kept her program moving forward with the additional challenges of running the lab. Jolena has made significant contributions to the research, education and engagement missions of our department. She is well respected by fellow graduate students and has been an outstanding representative of the Department of Animal Sciences and Purdue University both nationally and internationally…"
Amanda Weaver received her Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University in 2001, entering the Animal Science graduate program in June 2001 to pursue her Ph.D. under the direction of Dr. Gerrard. Amanda is now an Assistant Professor of Animal and Range Sciences at South Dakota State University .
Nominator's comments include, "…Ms. Weaver truly is an outstanding educator and her demonstrated aptitude and future research potential in the area of meat science is quite impressive. She has served this department in every one of its three missions. Not only has she been a great graduate student, she is continuing to reflect well on this graduate program in her capacity as a research faculty member at the South Dakota State University …
"Amanda's abilities and dedication to teaching is undeniably the best I have ever seen in my tenure in academia… Amanda has continued to grow as an instructor and has had a tremendous impact…
"Amanda's greatest accomplishments, however, may be her relentless efforts to serve this department in the form of 'non-classroom' instruction and outreach. She has literally been involved in every youth activity and other adult-oriented program organized by this department. She does an absolutely superb job communicating with a variety of clientele groups…I consider Amanda Weaver one of the best "potential" animal scientist in which I have ever been associated. She is well-balanced and understands the nuances of animal agriculture, and more importantly, the dynamics that impact its future. Moreover, she is a dedicated educator and is committed to "bettering" the economic situation for those with livelihoods based on the well-being of these industries."