ANSC Annual Graduate Student Awards Luncheon
Thursday, May 11, 2017
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 had 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
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.
Mrs. Krider passed in October, 2000 and Dr. Krider passed in June, 2005.
2017 LOUJA AWARD WINNERS:
Left to right: Danyi Ma, Traci Cramer, Derico Setyabrata, Drew Lugar, and Alan Duttlinger
Traci Cramer - Effect of probiotic feeding on oxidative stability and meat quality attributes of breast muscle from chickens exposed to chronic heat stress
Alan Duttlinger - Replacing dietary antibiotics with 0.20% L-glutamine in swine nursery diets: Impact on health and productivity of pigs following weaning and transport during the summer
Drew Lugar - Effects of supplemental betaine to semen extenders on sperm quality in boars
Danyi Ma - Effects of postmortem aging on small heat shock protein degradation of three bovine muscles
Derico Setyabrata - Impacts of postmortem aging on non-heme iron formation and lipid oxidation stability of beef loins
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
- Have an up-to-date Progress Report from their Graduate Advisory Committee
The Book-Harmon Leadership Scholarship is awarded to Josey Pukrop.
Josey was very active in FFA in high school and since starting her collegiate career,
joined clubs and organizations. She has been the sisterhood chair for Sigma Alpha,
president of Alpha Zeta, and a resident assistant. Josey has served as secretary and
treasurer in GSA and is the current president.
Josey feels that part of being a leader is inspiring others to become more involved
and being available when needed. She has volunteered at the Agriculture Alumni Fish Fry,
Animal Sciences Preview Days, career recruitment events, and has meet with prospective
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 $1,000 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 Saheed Osho.
Saheed joined Dr. Adeola's lab in Fall 2014. His Ph.D. dissertation research seeks to
identify the roles of diallyl disulfide and diallyl trisulfide in intestinal function and
immune modulation in broiler chickens. He has published one paper in Poultry Science and
is preparing a second manuscript. He has also presented a paper at the Animal Sciences
meetings. Saheed is currently the Chair of the Social Committee for GSA.
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.
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 a 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 is Christopher Byrd.
Chris came to Purdue in Fall 2013 for his M.S. under Dr. Makagon and continued under
Dr. Lay for his Ph.D. in Fall 2015. Chris obtained training from the Professional Animal
Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO) on swine welfare. To complete his
certification, he had to take an online course and then travel to Michigan State
University. This training is very important to the swine industry as the National Pork
Board has commissioned PAACO to train auditors to conduct their Common Swine Industry
Audit, which is based on their Pork Quality Assurance Program.
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 Derico Setyabrata.
Derico started his Ph.D. in Dr. Kim's lab in Fall 2016. Derico's research projects
mainly focus on improving overall meat quality through various post-harvest processing
approaches. He has published five peer-reviewed journal articles, submitted one
co-authored manuscript and is working on five more manuscripts.
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 Megan LaFollette.
Megan began her M.S. in 2014 under Dr. Gaskill and stayed to continue her Ph.D. with
Dr. Gaskill. In 2016, Megan received a Graduate Instructional Development Certificate
from the Center of Instructional Excellence and is currently working on the next level of
certification. Megan's lectures are engaging, incorporating active learning techniques
into each lecture. Last fall, she volunteered to give guest lectures in an animal welfare
course and has been a teaching assistant for the animal behavior class the last two
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. 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 Nicholas Lancaster.
Nick started as an undergraduate worker in Dr. Schoonmaker's lab and began his M.S.
work in Spring 2015. Nick has been relied on heavily to manage Dr. Schoonmaker's lab and
even created a training document that is used in a number of Animal Sciences labs. He is
often the go to for lab questions from his fellow graduate students. Nick has received
the College of Agriculture's Pathmaker Outstanding Graduate Student Award. He has been a
teaching assistant for Animal Reproduction, a course outside of his specific focus. Nick
has volunteered at Preview Days, Spring Fest and has been involved in GSA. He has also
given presentations at regional and national animal science meetings. A presentation Nick
gave in Dr. Kim's ANSC 59500 course will be submitted for funding of a future beef cattle
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 $1,000, a 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 is Francisco Cabezon.
Francisco graduated Summa Cum Laude from Portifica Univesidad Catolica de Chile with a
B.S. in Animal Science and an Agricultural Engineering Professional Degree. He started
his Ph.D. in Fall 2013 under Dr. Schinckel. Francisco has devised, coordinated and
completed a series of developmental projects investigating the effects of heat stress on
sow behavior, physiology and productivity, and the design and testing of a prototype
cooling device. He has five published manuscripts, four in press and five more under
current review. He has 14 abstracts and given oral and poster presentations at national
and regional meetings. Three of his papers have been awarded the editor's choice for the
month in the Professional Animal Scientist. Francisco has also lectured and mentored
undergraduate students during research participation and has been active with extension
activities such as Junior Pork Day and the 4-H Workshop for Youth.