ANSC Annual Graduate Student Awards Luncheon
Thursday, May 15, 2008
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 California-Davis (Dr. Sean Adams & Dr. Daniel Hwang), University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (Dr. Philipp Scherer), Georgia State University (Dr. Timothy Bartness), IUPUI (Dr. Mark Heiman) and our own Department (Dr. Scott Radcliffe).
2008 ANSC Graduate Committee
David Gerrard, Chair.
Committee members: Chris Bidwell, Paul Ebner, Joe Garner, Scott Lake 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. Kr. 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.
2008 LOUJA AWARD WINNERS
and Rosangela Poletto, with Dr. Amy Lossie, LOUJA Coordinator.
2008 PRESENTATION OF THE 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 Brianna Gaskill.
Brianna joined Dr. Garner's laboratory in August of 2005 after completing her BS from Kansas State University. She has maintains an outstanding GPA (3.65) and has been active in ANSC Graduate Student Association serving as Social Co-Chair, as Secretary/Treasurer and now President.
Brianna has shown a talent for leadership. She has don at lot to bring together the diverse studentship of the GSA and to create a more collegiate atmosphere across disciplines in the graduate student body. This can be seen on a daily basis in the POUL Graduate Student offices which are much more friendly and collegiate than even a year ago - we now see graduate students supporting each other and forging friendships across labs in a way that we didn't before. Brianna has also shown strong leadership with her projects, having the confidence to question, and the ability to work with many people in a cheery and friendly way to get things done. These skills also translate into the way she has provided research opportunities and guidance for undergraduates.
Brianna states "Leadership can be defined numerous ways but, to me, the most important qualities are attitude, life style, and involvement. I admire these attributes the most in the leaders I know and I try to emulate these qualities in myself. I do not believe that anyone can lead successfully without displaying these characteristics."
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.
Awards Selection Committee: Chris Bidwell, Paul Ebner, Joe Garner, Scott Lake and Alan Sutton.
2008 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's recipient of this award: Christine Johnson.
Christine (up to $1000 in reimbursements) joined the ANSC Graduate Program at Purdue University in the Fall 2007. She received her B.S. from Purdue University in May 2007 and is currently pursuing her Masters under the direction of Dr. Ryan Cabot.
Christy has been invited by Dr. Weihua Wang, Director of IVF Laboratories at Tomball Regional Hospital and the Houston Fertility Institute, to participate in a hands-on human IVF training program under his direction.
During the visit to the Houston Fertility Institute, Christy will have the opportunity to interact with persons at all levels of the clinical operation, from andrologists to embryologyists, to physicians and laboratory directors. She will have the opportunity to observe the actual procedures done during an in vitro fertilization cycle (from patient oocyte retrieval, media preparation, fertilization and embryo transfer). She will also have the opportunity to participate in some aspects of specimen handling (non human material).
This workshop is truly a unique opportunity for someone interested in human clinical assisted reproduction.
2008 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 Tracy Scheffler.
Tracy received her undergraduate education at Michigan State University; and her M.S. Degree at Purdue University under the direction of Dr. Gerrard. She accepted a research and development position at ConAgra Foods, Inc in Omaha, Nebraska. Tracy returned to West Lafayette in January 2007 to pursue her Ph.D.in the area of muscle energy metabolism.
Tracy was able to step out of science for two year and within months of arriving, had written and submitted a manuscript (Meat Science), developed cell culture and PCR data that are accepted for publication in the American Journal of Physiology-Cell Physiology, and has submitted another manuscript to the Journal of Animal Science. Finally, she helped write a USDA-NRI this past fall and is submitting an NIH grant later this spring.
Tracy is an award winning teacher (Featherston Outstanding Award winner 2005), she has taught the bulk (>50%) of ANSC 351 two of the three semesters hat she has been at Purdue. Tracy's greatest accomplishments, however, may be her relentless efforts to serve this department in the form of non-classroom instruction and outreach.
Tracy's nominator states, "Tracy is one of the brightest graduate students I have every known and emulates the ideals of a Purdue University doctoral student to the highest degree; she is engaged, motivated, productive and "well-balanced"…
2008 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 Collette Thogerson.
Collette joined our graduate program in the January of 2005. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Davis in 2003. As of May 2008 she completed her M.S. degree and is pursuing his PhD under the direction of Dr. Joe Garner. Collette received nominations for the Graduate Teaching Award for her accomplishments as a teaching assistant for Animal Sciences, 303, Animal Behavior (2 semesters); 495Z, Zoo Animal Conservation Science (1 semester); 491 Special Problems (4 semesters).
Collette's nominator's comments include: Collette was an incredible assistance to me in this course. She is dedicated, and motivated…She is honest, open and approachable. Her standards are high and she sets rigorous expectations for herself and the students…she consistently strives to better herself and enhance her own education by seeking out additional opportunities.
As the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award recipient, Collette was recognized at the University's Celebration of Graduate Student Teaching Banquet last month.
2008 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 PhD 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: Collette Thogerson.
Collette joined our graduate program in the January of 2005. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Davis in 2003. As of May 2008 she completed her M.S. degree and is pursuing his PhD under the direction of Dr. Joe Garner.
Her nominator states, "Altogether, Collette is a very impressive student, and is quickly amassing the skills and experience required to excel in academia. She has shown appreciation of - and dedication to - the department as a whole, not just her particular area of interest; she has grasped the opportunity and spirit of interdisciplinary animal science that we offer as a cutting-edge department; and she has contributed to the department's mission in learning, discovery, and engagement."
2008 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's recipient of this award: Melissa Paczkowski.
Melissa received her Bachelor of Science degree in 2002 as well as her Master of Science in 2004 from Texas A&M University. In August 2004 she came to Purdue University entering the Animal Science graduate program to pursue her Ph.D. under the direction of Dr. Krisher and now under the direction of Dr. Bidwell.
Nominator's comments include: "Melissa is an outstanding graduate student. She is intelligent, hard working and dedicated. She is a mature, bright and outstanding young lady. She has become a stellar example of what a forward thinking, fast rising young scientist should be. She has the ability and potential to build on her outstanding record and to become a leading scientist in our area of research."