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Animal Sciences Students Successful in 2020 American Dairy Science Association Virtual Annual Meeting

July 1, 2020
Kelly Mitchell

The Department of Animal Sciences graduate and undergraduate students received awards at the 2020 American Dairy Science Association Annual Meeting which was held virtually on June 22-24.  The virtual program consisted of over 800 abstract presentations (poster and oral), panel  and roundtable discussions, an exhibit hall, and student competitions featuring more than 100 hours of programming.

Award Winners:

Kelly Mitchell, a Ph.D. student and Research Associate with Dr. Jeff Firkins, was the first-place winner in the Purina Animal Nutrition Graduate Student Poster Presentation Contest: Ph.D. Division.  Kelly’s presentation was on supplementation of branched chain volatile fatty acids which improved the efficiency of microbial protein synthesis and NDF degradation in vitro.
 Alex Tebbe  

Alex Tebbe, a Ph.D. student with Dr. Bill Weiss, won second place in the National Milk Producers Federation Graduate Student Paper Presentation Contest in Dairy Production Award: Ph.D. Division.  Alex presented findings that fresh cows being fed high amounts of metabolizable protein benefit by feed with a mixture of rumen undegradable protein and rumen protected amino acids.






Nicole Hardy, a M.S. student with Dr. Ben Enger, was the first-place winner of the Purina Animal Nutrition Graduate Student Poster Presentation Contest: M.S. Division.  Nicole is studying the development of the mammary vasculature in calves.






Erin Hist, an undergraduate student working with Ben Enger, won third place in the ADSA undergraduate poster competition. In the original research category, Erin evaluated the effect of intramammary infections on Jersey colostrum quality.










The ADSA newsletter “Dairy Special Editions” was sent out during the meeting.  A group of graduate students worked to provide daily coverage of scientific sessions and other events.  Haley Zynda is a Master’s student in Animal Sciences studying dairy nutrition with Dr. Chanhee Lee.  Congratulations to Haley in her role as a writer!







Congratulations to our excellent students on their accomplishments!

To view the ADSA Awards Program, click here