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Purdue Animal Sciences hosts its annual graduate student awards ceremony

Purdue Animal Sciences hosted its annual graduate student awards ceremony on Thursday, May 11. Graduate students within the department were honored with the LOUJA Graduate Travel Awards, Book-Harmon Leadership Scholarship, Gerry W. Friars International Graduate Student Fellowship, and W.R. Featherston Awards.

 

The first awards given out were the LOUJA Graduate Travel Awards. The awards provide grants to graduate students who present outstanding research papers. The presentation must be based upon original research and excellence of presentation. The awardees are provided with travel funds to attend scientific meetings. These awards were established by Dr. Jake Krider, an Animal Sciences Department Head. He served as the head of the department from 1963 to 1971. These awards honor both Dr. Jake Krider and his wife, Louise Krider. Mrs. Krider passed away in 2000, and Dr. Krider passed away in 2005. The winners of the 2023 LOUJA Graduate Travel Awards are Xiyue (Cici) Chen, Madigan Snyder, Jung Sung, Esther Oluwagbenga, Paul Oladele, and Tanner Wise.

From left to right: Xiyue (Cici) Chen, Madigan Snyder, Jung Sung, Esther Oluwagbenga, Paul Oladele, Tanner Wise From left to right: Xiyue (Cici) Chen, Madigan Snyder, Jung Sung, Esther Oluwagbenga, Paul Oladele, Tanner Wise
The Book-Harmon Leadership Scholarship was established by two Purdue alumni: Bob Book and Bud Harmon. The scholarship honors their efforts to provide and promote leadership in the animal agriculture industry. The scholarship provides $1,000 to a graduate student that displays outstanding leadership skills and efforts. This year, Ruth Eunice Centeno Martinez received this scholarship.
Ruth Eunice Centeno Martinez accepting the award from Dr. Zoltan Machaty, Chair of the Graduate Program Committee at the Department of Animal Sciences. Ruth Eunice Centeno Martinez accepting the award from Dr. Zoltan Machaty, Chair of the Graduate Program Committee at the Department of Animal Sciences.
The Gerry W. Friars International Graduate Student Fellowship was created to help alleviate the monetary stress of international students at Purdue University. Dr. Gerry Friars received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1961, while on leave from the Ontario Agricultural College. This institution is now known as the University of Guelph. From 1951 to 1985, he was involved in teaching and research in poultry and fish genetics and breeding. Then, until 1995, he was the Chief Scientist at the Atlantic Salmon Federation with a cross appointment at the University of New Brunswick. Because of his long association with graduate students, he cultivated an awareness of their financial needs. 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, the award was given to Jung Sung.
Jung Sung accepting the award from Dr. Zoltan Machaty. Jung Sung accepting the award from Dr. Zoltan Machaty.

The W.R. Featherston Awards recognize the achievements of graduate students in the Animal Sciences Department. These awards were established to honor Professor W.R. Featherston’s leadership qualities and dedication to students. Professor Featherston was in the department from 1962 until 1980 when he passed away. The W.R. Featherston Awards include the Early Graduate Career Award, Graduate Teaching Award, Off-Campus Training Fellowship, Outstanding M.S. Award, and Outstanding Ph.D. Award.

 

The Featherston Early Graduate Career Award is given to a M.S. or Ph.D. student within his/her first two years of graduate study. The award was given to Esther Oluwagbenga. She received $650, a certificate of the award, and a plaque. Her name will also be added to the department’s permanent plaque.

Esther Oluwagbenga accepting the award from Dr. Machaty. Esther Oluwagbenga accepting the award from Dr. Machaty.
The Featherston Graduate Teaching Award recognizes the outstanding teaching of a graduate student within the Animal Sciences Department. Maha Abdelhaseib was honored with this award. She received $850, a certificate of the award, and a plaque. Her name will also be added to the department’s permanent plaque.
Maha Abdelhaseib accepting the award from Dr. Zoltan Machaty. Maha Abdelhaseib accepting the award from Dr. Zoltan Machaty.
The Featherston Off-Campus Training Fellowship was established to provide financial support for a graduate student to attend a formal career development training program, organized workshop, or course off-campus. This year's recipient of the award was Xiyue (Cici) Chen. She received a check for the reimbursement of the expenses, a certificate of the award, and a plaque. Her name will also be added to the department’s permanent plaque.
Xiyue (Cici) Chen accepting the award from Dr. Zoltan Machaty. Xiyue (Cici) Chen accepting the award from Dr. Zoltan Machaty.
The Featherston Outstanding M.S. Award recognizes an outstanding M.S. student within the department. The award was presented to Esther Oluwagbenga. She received $500, a certificate of the award, and a plaque. Her name will also be added to the department’s permanent plaque.
Esther Oluwagbenga accepting the award from Dr. Zoltan Machaty. Esther Oluwagbenga accepting the award from Dr. Zoltan Machaty.
The Featherston Outstanding Ph.D. Award recognizes an outstanding Ph.D. student within the department. The award was given to Jingjuan (Candice) Chen. She received $1,000, a certificate of the award, and a plaque. Her name will also be added to the department’s permanent plaque.
Jingjuan (Candice) Chen accepting the award from Dr. Zoltan Machaty. Jingjuan (Candice) Chen accepting the award from Dr. Zoltan Machaty.

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Animal Sciences Graduate Student Awards

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