PURDUE ANIMAL SCIENCES
GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS

The following awards, presentations, and announcements were made at the Graduate Student Luncheon, May 8, 2002:

Congratulations! to the 2002 W. R. Featherston Award Winners (Michelle L. Conover, Jason R. Herrick, Rachel E. Durkin, Jonathan R. Townsend, Melissa A. Schreiweis, Sarah E. Norberg and Brian C. Bowker)


The W. R. Featherston Awards were established to annually recognize outstanding accomplishments of graduate students in the Department of Animal Sciences. These award were established in honor of the leadership and dedication to graduate students exhibited by Professor W. R. Featherston. Professor Featherston was on the staff from July, 1962 to June 3, 1980, the date of his untimely death. These awards are based on the nominee's academic and research accomplishments including publications, presentation at scientific meetings, leadership characteristics and involvement in departmental and University activities.

The W. R. FEATHERSTON AWARDS FOR 2002 were presented to:


W. R. Featherston Early Graduate Career Award - Melissa A. Schreiweis

Melissa Schreiweis receiving the award from Dr. Dave Gerrard

Melissa A. Schreiweis joined the ANSC Graduate Program at Purdue in the Fall 2000 following the completion of her B.S. degree in Animal Sciences, specializing in sciences.  She is from New Albany, Indiana.  She is currently undertaking graduate work in the laboratory of Dr. Scotti Hester towards a Ph.D. in physiological genetics, in the M.S. bypass program.  She has been a teaching assistant for:  Animal Nutrition, Biology, the Basic Concepts and Genetics Laboratory.  She currently is serving as the graduate student representative for the School of Agriculture on the Curriculum and Student Relations Committee.  She has had one abstract published and submitted several others.  She has completed 25 out of 49 credit hours of graduate credit towards her Ph.D. with maintaining a very high GPA.


W. R. Featherston Early Graduate Career Award - Jonathan R. Townsend

Jonathan Townsend receiving the award from Dr. Dave Gerrard

Jonathan R. Townsend joined the ANSC Graduate Program at Purdue in the Spring 1999 following the completion of his DVM at the Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine.  Jon is from Battleground IN.  He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Animal Sciences, specializing in ruminant nutrition in Dr. Shawn Donkin’s research program.  His research focuses on hepatic gene expression in transition dairy cows.  Jon has maintained part-time emergency clinical duties (weekends) with the Food-Animal Ambulatory Clinic.  He is a teaching assistant for ANSC 444 (Dairy Management).  He informally mentors vet students in the Application of Integrations course taught in Veterinary Medicine and is currently serving to mentor students involved in dairy farm troubleshooting.  He is the President of the Animal Sciences Graduate Student Association.  He has received the E.A. Davis Memorial Award that is presented to a senior student outstanding in both large and small animal medicine.  He has been inducted into the Phi Zeta chapter and Phi Kappa Phi Fraternity.  He has authored an abstract for the ASAS/ADSA meetings in 2001 and has submitted a second abstract for the 2002 meetings.


W. R. Featherston Off-Campus Training Award - Michelle L. Conover

Michelle Conover receiving the award from Dr. Dave Gerrard

Michelle L. Conover joined the ANSC Graduate Program at Purdue in the Fall 2001 following the completion of her B.S. degree in Animal Sciences from Washington State University.  She is from Castle Rock, Washington.  She is currently pursuing a MS degree in Animal Sciences, specializing in reproductive physiology/developmental biology under the direction of Dr. Rebecca Krisher.  .Michelle will be attending the “Optical Microscopy in the Biological Sciences” course held at the University of Texas Health Science Center (San Antonio), June 5-12.  This will allow Michelle to use a more sophisticated approach to studying porcine oocyte maturation.


W. R. Featherston Off-Campus Training Award - Jason R. Herrick

Jason Herrick receiving the award from Dr. Dave Gerrard

Jason R. Herrick joined the ANSC Graduate Program at Purdue in the Fall 2001 following the completion of his MS degree in Animal Sciences from Ohio State University/Columbus.  Jason is from East Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree in Animal Sciences, specializing in reproductive physiology under the director of Dr. Rebecca Krisher.  He will be participating in a joint international research effort on the application of assisted reproductive physiology technologies to the conservation of exotic species.  He will travel to South Africa and help researchers study the reproductive physiology on several native species.


W. R. Featherston Off-Campus Training Award - Rachel E. Durkin

Rachel Durkin receiving the award from Dr. Dave Gerrard

Rachel E. Durkin joined the ANSC Graduate Program at Purdue in the Fall 2000 following the completion of her B.S. degree in Animal Sciences at Virginia Tech.  She is from Chesapeake, Virginia.  She is currently undertaking graduate work in the laboratory of Dr. Rebecca Krisher towards a Ph.D., in the M.S. bypass program.  She plans to attend vet school after her Ph.D. and finally to undertake veterinary research with exotic species.  She will be participating in a joint international research effort on the application of assisted reproductive physiology technologies to the conservation of exotic species.  She will travel to South Africa and help researchers study the reproductive physiology on several native species.


W. R. Featherston Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award - Sarah E. Norberg

Sarah Norberg receiving the award from Dr. Dave Gerrard

Sarah E. Norberg joined the ANSC Graduate Program at Purdue in the Fall 2000 following the completion of her B.S. degree in Animal Sciences, at Washington State University.  She is from University Place, Washington.  She is currently pursuing a MS degree in Animal Sciences, specializing in non-ruminant nutrition under the direction of Dr. Mickey Latour.  She has served as a teaching assistant for ANSC 102 (Introduction to Animal Agriculture) course for 2 semesters.  She was recently recognized at the “Celebration of Graduate Student Teaching” reception held on April 1.  This is a University Awards Program for graduate students and is sponsored by the Committee for the Education of Teaching Assistants, the Teaching Academy, and the Provost’s Office.  Sarah has made both significant and sustained contributions in the area of undergraduate education for animal sciences students and has exhibited a significant leadership role in the promotional and developmental opportunities for fellow graduate students involved in the Introductory to Animal Science (Ansc 102).


W. R. Featherston Outstanding PhD Award - Brian C. Bowker

This award is considered to be of extremely high honor in the Graduate Program and serves to reward excellence.

Brian Bowker receiving the award from Dr. Dave Gerrard

Brian C. Bowker joined the ANSC Graduate Program at Purdue in the Spring 1997 following the completion of his B.S. degree at Purdue University, specializing in Animal Sciences.  He is from Roanoke, Indiana.  He is currently undertaking graduate work in the laboratory of Dr. David E. Gerrard towards a Ph.D., in the M.S. bypass program.  His thesis and graduate career has served as a model for training future Ph.D. students in our department.  He began his graduate career by asking the simplest agronomic questions (How can we improve pork quality?) and will end his work at Purdue by generating data to answer the most fundamental of questions posed by many muscle biologists (What is the molecular mechanism responsible for the loss of contractile function in ischemic muscle tissue?).  This ability is hallmark of an outstanding doctoral student.


OTHER AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS -

2001-02 Teaching Assistants –

Fall, 2001

Spring, 2002


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