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Department of Animal Sciences


Call for Student Essays

The DNMC Dairy Summit is an industry gathering of dairy producers and dairy industry professionals that meet annually for a weekend of fun and education.  The 10th annual renewal of this event will be held in late July – early August in a beautiful Colorado location. 

DNMC is pleased to announce the 3rd edition of the Dairy Summit Student Essay Contest. The winner of this contest will be awarded a fully-paid trip, including travel costs to the meeting.  The student will have a spot on the program to present their winning essay. The student’s professor will be offered a complimentary conference registration and is strongly encouraged to attend. The winning essay writer will earn a $500 cash award.

There will be two runners-up recognized at the meeting.  These two individuals will receive a $200 cash award and will be required to send a poster of their winning essay. All essays accepted for submission will be included in a bound volume to be provided to all conference attendees.  This compilation of essays will be a way for contestants to present themselves to as many as 20 western US dairy producers and 12 sponsoring companies for potential future employment opportunities.

The objective of the essay is to clearly define a problem or issue in today’s dairy industry and details of how the student’s educational plans or career plans may be able to offer solutions to solve the problem or address the issue.  The essay should be two pages maximum. The essay should not be a resume or personal story of the student. The essays will be scored on a rubric that focusses on the clear statement of a problem/issue and how it will be addressed by the student.  Writing skills and overall professionalism of the essay will be included in the rubric.

This contest is open to college seniors and master’s degree candidates.  Student’s designated as seniors for the Fall 2017 semester will be considered. Graduate students also need to be enrolled as a student for the Fall 2017 semester.

Please send only a PDF version of the essay.  Be sure to include all contact information for the student in the PDF document, not just the email message used for delivery.  Send all submissions and any questions to Thank you for your interest.

The submission deadline is April 30th, 2017.