Eight Department of Animal Sciences Undergraduates Participate in Fall Undergraduate Research Forum

Sep. 19, 2017

Seven Department of Animals Sciences majors and one minor participated in the Fall Undergraduate Research Forum on Thursday, September 14, 2017. All eight had projects supervised by faculty in the Department. The Department had representation in each of the three sessions; each session had approximately 100 participants. Presented by Office of the Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry and the University Libraries, the Fall Undergraduate Research Forum is a stepping stone to larger venues such as the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum. All eight of the participants plan to submit their projects to Denman.

Session 1

Student Poster (click on the image for a larger view) Bio
Jade Hettick Effect of Lysophospholipid on Rumen Fermentation and Feed Digestibility: In Vitro Jade Hettick is a sophomore from Creston, Ohio. She is an Animal Sciences major with a Biosciences specialization. She hopes to attend veterinary school or graduate school and continue her studies. Her project was supervised by Dr. Chanhee Lee. "My research project was determining what affect lysophospholipids have on rumen fermentation and feed digestibility. The study was done in vitro, and the effect of differing amounts of lysophospholipids on the microbial population of the rumen was compared against a common antibiotic called monensin."
Julia Rose The effects of environmental enrichment on behavior and productivity of fast-growing broiler chickens Julia Rose is a senior from Coldwater, Ohio. She is an Animal Sciences major with a Biosciences specialization. She hopes to attend veterinary school with a specalization in poultry medicine. Her research project was supervised by Dr. Monique Pairis-Garcia. "The objective of this study was to quantify the effects of environmental enrichment (i.e. straw bales) on the behavior and productivity of fast-growing broiler chickens."

Session II

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Lauren Hamer The Effects of Supplementing Increasing Doses of EPA and DHA Fatty Acids to Ewes in Late Gestation on Offspring Performance and Plasma Metabolites Lauren Hamer is a sophomore from Bellevue, OH. She is an Animal Sciences major with a Biosciences specialization. Lauren hopes to attend veterinary school with a specialization in food animal medicine. Her project was supervised by Dr. Alejandro Relling. "My project was on supplementing the polyunsaturated fatty acids, EPA and DHA, to ewes in late gestation to observe the performance and metabolic effects on the lambs specifically."
Nicole Lorig Preconditioning Sows with Classical Music to Reduce Aggression in Group Housing Nicole Lorig is a senior from Brunswick, Ohio. She is an Animal Sciences major with a Biosciences specialization and a Music minor. She hopes to attend veterinary school. Her project was supervised by Dr. Kelly George. "My research project is a study designed to find a correlation between music and animal behavior. We focused specifically on sows as a result of the recent Ohio mandate requiring all sows by the year 2025 to be housed in a group pen once confirmed pregnant. During the transition, we are finding that sows placed in a group together become very aggressive toward one another during hierarchy establishment, especially within the first 48 hours after placement. Aggressive behaviors were tallied. It was found that sows preconditioned with music had significantly less bouts of aggressive behavior than those that were exposed only to background noise."
Areila Taylor Effects of Dietary Sphingomyelin on Neonatal Piglet Intestinal Health and Membrane Composition Ariel Taylor is a junior from Medina, Ohio. She is an Animal Sciences major with a Biosciences specialization. She hopes to attend veterinary school and specialize in food animal medicine. Her project was supervised by Dr. Sheila Jacobi. "My project focused on isolating the milk fat globule membrane from buttermilk in order to formulate a diet for neonatal piglets, in which  the effects of sphingomyelin will be investigated. Sphingomyelin is a phospholipid of the milk fat globule membrane."

Session III

Student Poster (click on the image for a larger view) Bio
Tarshangi Dixit Validation of scan sampling techniques for behavioral observations of broiler chickens Tarshangi Dixit is a junior from Medina, Ohio. She is an Animal Sciences major with a Biosciences specialization. She hope to attend veterinary school. Her project was supervised by Dr. Monique Pairis-Garcia. "My project was validating scan sampling data for behavioral evaluation of broiler chickens. In this project, eight different scan sampling intervals were compared to one minute scan sampling interval."

 

Jack Korenyi-Both Evaluation of Effects of Different Necrotic Enteritis Models in Chickens Jack Korenyi-Both is a sophomore from Hubbard, Ohio. He is an Animal Sciences major with a specialization in Biosciences. He hopes to attend veterinary school and specialize in poultry medicine. His project was supervised by Dr. Lisa Bielke. "My research project focused on Necrotic Enteritis in chickens. Necrotic Enteritis is an enterotoxaemia that affects chickens worldwide, and costs the U.S. $6 billion a year. This research gives insight to the induction of Necrotic Enteritis using several different models."

 

 

Ana Sandhu Evaluating the effects of 3-nitrooxypropanol on Feeding Behavior in Beef Cattle Ana Sandhu is a junior from Glastonbury, Connecticut. She is a Zoology major on a pre-veterinary track with a minor in Animal Sciences. Ana hopes to either attend veterinary school with a concentration in exotic animals or attend graduate school and focus her research on exotic animals. Her project was supervised by Dr. Monique Pairis-Garcia. "My research project focused on the effects of 3-Nitrooxy propanol (a supplement found to lower the enteric methane production in cattle) on feeding behavior. I aimed to find out whether the decrease in methane production was due to solely the supplementation or if it had a negative impact on feeding behavior causing a decrease in feeding."