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Youth Development
and Agricultural Education


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Melissa A Voigt

Youth Development and Agricultural Education 

  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Temporary Clerical - CB
Agricultural Administration Building Room 221
615 W State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2053

Graduate Student Profile
Melissa’s goal is to build a career in post-secondary education wherein she is able to make a difference in the lives of others through agriculture. Her research interests are derived from her commitment to effectively and creatively educate people about agriculture. They include developing creative methods to deliver and enhance knowledge of agriculture for all youth, and the benefits to youth and adults of agricultural activities. She is strongly interested in work related to the horse industry because of her background in equine science and personal/professional experiences with horses. 

M.S. Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana Field of Study: Youth Development and Agricultural Education
B.S. University of Wisconsin, River Falls, Wisconsin Field of Study: Animal Science and Agricultural Business Specialty Areas: Equine Management
A.A.S. Rochester Community and Technical College, Rochester, Minnesota Field of Study: Equine Business Management

Professional Activities
Teachers Assistant for Horse Evaluation, Purdue University, ANSC 372 (Spring 2012)
Purdue University Horse Judging Coach, (Feb. 2011 - Present)
LSESA (Life Science Education Signature Area) Group, (Fall 2010 – Present)
YDAE Graduate Student Task Force, (Spring 2011 – Present)
Western Riding Boot Camp Instructor, Weert, Holland, (June 2011)
AQHA International Horsemanship Camp Instructor, (Summer 2010)

Research Interests
Welfare of Stock Type Show Horses; Promising practices of Dairy, Horse, and Livestock Career Development Event coaches in Indiana; Incorporation of Learner-Centered Teaching and Learning Preferences in the context of horse riding; Estimating the Value of Equine Competition. 

Committee Members
Dr. Colleen Brady (Advisor)
Dr. Abigail Borron
Dr. Jennifer Richardson.
Dr. Karen Waite (Michigan State University)
Dr. Kristina Hiney (University of Wisconsin – River Falls)

Funding Sources
Departmental Assistantship