​​ANSC Annual Graduate Student Awards Luncheon

Thursday, May 10, 2018

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 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.

Mrs. Krider passed in October, 2000 and Dr. Krider passed in June, 2005.

2018 LOUJA AWARD WINNERS:

 

LOUJA award winners
Left to right: Chansol Park, Megan LaFollette, Alan Duttlinger, Christopher Byrd, and Derico Setyabrata
 

Christopher Byrd - Can basline heart rate variability be used as a predictor of the swine behavioral and febrile response to a sickness challenge?

Alan Duttlinger - Replacing antibiotics with 0.20% L-glutamine in swine diets: Impact on health and productivity following weaning and transport during different seasons

Megan LaFollette - Determining an efficient and effective rat tickling dosage

Chansol Park - Basal ileal endogenous losses of amino acids in pigs determined by feeding nitrogen-free diet, low-casein diet, and regression analysis

Derico Setyabrata - Novel purge analysis: Metabolomics profiling of meat exudate to understand the impact of postmortem aging on oxidative stability of beef muscles


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 Megan LaFollette.


Megan LaFollette receiving the award from Dr. Alan Mathew
 
Megan has displayed a focused interest in leading the career development, education and success of undergraduate students in Animal Sciences. In October 2017, she helped organize and led the first ever Laboratory Rodent Training Workshop in collaboration with Covance. This workshop taught the undergraduates the technique of rat tickling.

 

In 2017, Megan was elected as the graduate student representative for the International Society for Applied Ethology. She coordinated a networking lunch that paired 86 students with faculty of similar interested. She will organize this event again this year and an additional two new events.

Congratulations, Megan!



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 Chansol Park.

 

Chansol Park receiving the award from Dr. Mathew
 
Chansol joined Dr. Adeola's lab in Fall 2015 to pursue a Ph.D. His research seeks to understand the digestive utilization of amino acid in broiler chickens and pigs, endogenous losses of amino acids, and evaluation and improvement of the current modeling approach for maintenance amino acid requirements. Chansol has published one paper in the Journal of Animal Science and is working on a second manuscript. In addition to his research, Chansol is active in the Graduate Student Association.

 

Congratulations, Chansol!



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 Hayly Goebel.

Hayly Goebel accepting the award from Dr. Alan Mathew
Hayly has been invited to participate in a hands-on human IVF training program under the direction of Dr. Weihua Wang, Director of IVF Laboratories at Tomball Regional Hospital and the Houston Fertility Institute. She will have the opportunity to interact with specialists at all levels of the clinical operation. She will also observe all steps of an in vitro fertilization cycle and participate in some aspects of specimen handling of non-human material.

Hayly is pursuing her M.S. degree with Dr. Birgit Cabot. Congratulations, Hayly!



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 Megan LaFollette.

Megan LaFollette accepting the award from Dr. Mathew
Perhaps the most unique and noteworthy accomplishment Megan has made is to establish herself as an international expert in the rat tickling technique. Her expertise has been demonstrated by 9 invited talks or workshops since she began her Ph.D. She received first place in the oral competition at the ISAE North American Meeting and has 5 articles either published, in press, or under review.

Congratulations Megan!


 

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 Drew Lugar.

Drew Lugar accepting the award from Dr. Alan Mathew
Drew has experience in organizing, creating, and delivering targeted presentations for youth, undergraduate students, producer groups, and scientific audiences. He has developed multiple hands-on programs for students from kindergarten through high school teaching various aspects of swine management and behavior. Drew has served as a teaching assistant almost every semester of his Ph.D. as well as being a guest lecturer.

Congratulations Drew!


 

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 Rebecca Smith.

Rebecca Smith accepting the award from Dr. Alan Mathew
Rebecca started working on her M.S. in Summer 2017 with Dr. Lay. She has been working on a euthanasia project where she helped design a special box necessary to run the project. She managed the ARS-USDA/Purdue personnel on the project as well as ensured the procedures were followed. She collected the data herself and analyzed it in SAS. This project is not research for her M.S. degree. She has been tasked to develop her own research idea and will work on environmental enrichment for sows in stalls. This type of work has never been done and may prove to be a significant addition to welfare research.

Congratulations Rebecca!


 

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 Julie Feldpausch.

Julie Feldpausch accepting the award from Dr. Alan Mathew
Julie works with Dr. Richert and her research is a holistic project that has focused on the effects of heat stress on animal performance, physiology and product quality. She used a heat stress model simulating typical summer temperatures with 3-day heat waves every 21 days during the grow-finish period to evaluate these inter-relationships. Julie will be presenting her research at the Digestive Physiology of Pigs Conference this summer. Julie's passion is to one day be a swine nutrition professor.

Congratulations Julie!


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