Graduate Student Awards
Graduate student awards presented by the Department of Animal Sciences include the LOUJA Graduate Travel Awards, W.R. Featherston Awards, and the Book-Harmon Leadership Scholarship (since 2005). Graduate students have received other honors and awards as well.
Alan Duttlinger (Ph.D., Richert) was an Indiana Farm Bureau 2019 Excellence in Agriculture Award Finalist.
Alan Duttlinger (Ph.D., Richert) received the 2019 ASAS Tim S. Stahly Outstanding Swine Nutrition Graduate Student Award at the Midwest ASAS/ADSA meeting.
NACTA Graduate Teaching Awards were presented to MaryGrace Erickson (M.S., E. Karcher), Jacie Grant (M.S., E. Karcher), Becca Klopp (Ph.D., Boerman), and Megan LaFollette (Ph.D., Gaskill).
MaryGrace Erickson (M.S., E. Karcher) received the College of Agriculture Graduate Student Pathmaker Award, M.S. level. She recieved the Purdue Center for Instructional Excellence Teaching Academy Graduate Teaching Award.
Julie Feldpausch (Ph.D., Richert) received the 2019 Midwest ASAS/ADSA Young Scholar Award.
Jacie Grant (M.S., E. Karcher) received the D. Woods Thomas Award for international study. She received a College of Agriculture Diveristy Unsung Hero Award.
Becca Klopp (Ph.D., Boerman) received the 3rd place award in the Ph.D. Oral Presentation division at the Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference.
Megan LaFollette (Ph.D., Gaskill) received the 1st place award in Purdue's 3-Minute Thesis Competition.
Saheed Osho (Ph.D., Adeola) received the Best Oral Presentation award in the Graduate Student Competition at the International Poultry Scientific Forum. His abstract was "Impact of Dietary Chitosan Oligosaccharide on Coccidia Challenge in Broiler Chickens".
Chan Sol Park (Ph.D., Adeola) received the DSM Science and Technology Award at the Midwest ASAS/ADSA meeting. His presentation was "Protein Quality in Experimental Diets and Amino Acid Digestibility".
Derico Setyabrata (Ph.D., Kim) received the 2019 Institute of Food Technology Muscle Division - Member of the Year Award. This is the first time a student member has been honored with this award.
Carmen Wickware (Ph.D., T. Johnson) received the 2nd place award in the Ph.D. poster division at the Indiana Branch of the American Society for Microbiology meeting. Her abstract was "Composition and Diversity of the Preputial Microbiota in Healthy Bulls".
Alan Duttlinger (Ph.D., Richert) was an Indiana Farm Bureau Excellence in Agriculture Award Finalist.
MaryGrace Erickson (M.S., E. Karcher) was named an Emerging Scholar by the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention.
Jacie Grant (M.S., E. Karcher) received a Lallemand Animal Nutrition Master's Forward Scholarship.
Megan LaFollette (Ph.D., Gaskill) received the Best in Show award at the Canadian Association of Laboratory Animal Science Annual Symposium for her Rat Tickling Workshop. She received the College of Agriculture Graduate Student Pathmaker Award, Ph.D. level. She was named the College of Agriculture's Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant.
Drew Lugar (Ph.D., K. Stewart) received the Graduate Student Award from Purdue University Cooperative Extension Specialists Association.
Derico Setyabrata (Ph.D., Kim) received the third place award in the Research Poster Competition at the AMSA Reciprocal Meat Conference.
In the Processed Meat Judging Contest, Graduate Division, at the AMSA Reciprocal Meat Conference, Melissa Davis (M.S., Erasmus and Zuelly) was first place individual, and the team placed third. Team members were Melissa Davis, Emily Ford (M.S., Zuelly), Derico Setyabrata (Ph.D., Kim), and Siwen Xue.
Matt Aardsma (Ph.D., J. Johnson) received the first place award in the Ph.D. Oral Presentation Competition at the ASAS-CSAS meeting. His presentation was "Measurement of core body temperature via implanted data loggers and development of a prediction equation to predict core body temperature from facial surface temperature in market-weight broiler chickens."
Megan LaFollette (Ph.D., Gaskill and O'Hare) received the Best Student Oral Presentation award at the International Society for Anthrozoology annual meeting in Sydney, Australia. Her presentation was "PTSD Service Dogs: Associations between training techniques, service dog behaviors, & the human-animal bond."
Francisco Cabezon (Ph.D., Schinckel) was honored as an Animal Science Young Scholar at the ASAS Midwest Section meeting.
Brittany Casperson (Ph.D., Donkin) was honored as a Young Dairy Scholar at the ADSA Midwest Branch meeting.
Morgan Garvey (M.S., Eicher) received the Purdue Agriculture Graduate Student Pathmaker Award, given to two students (one M.S. and one Ph.D.) who have distinguished themselves as effective mentors by unselfishly investing in the success of undergraduate researchers-in-training and fellow graduate students.
Megan LaFollette (Ph.D., Gaskill) received a Teaching Academy Graduate Teaching Award at Purdue's Celebration of Graduate Teaching Excellence.
Josey Pukrop (M.S., Schoonmaker) received the D. Woods Thomas Memorial Scholarship for international study.
Megan LaFollette (Ph.D., Gaskill) and Chris Byrd (Ph.D., Lay) received awards at the regional meeting of the International Society of Applied Ethology. Megan won first place for her oral presentation, and Chris won third place for his poster presentation.