ANSC ANNUAL GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS LUNCHEON
Thursday, May 26, 2005

PRESENTATION OF THE W.R. FEATHERSTON AWARDS

The W.R. Featherston Awards were established to recognize the outstanding achievements of graduate students in the Department of Animal Sciences. These awards 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. Professor Featherston's teaching and research activities were a source of guidance, encouragement and inspiration to the graduate students.

Awards Selection Committee: Paul Collodi, Zoltan Machaty, Bill Muir, Ed Pajor and John Patterson.


W.R. FEATHERSTON OFF-CAMPUS TRAINING FELLOWSHIP

The Featherston Off-campus Training Fellowship was established in memory of Professor W.R. Featherston to annually provide financial support for an M.S. or Ph.D. degree student in the Department of Animal Sciences to attend a formal career development training program, organized workshop, or course off campus. The recipient will be given a check for reimbursement of the expenses, certificate of award, individual plaque and her/his name will be added to the permanent plaque maintained within the department. This year's recipient is: Anthony J. Giannini.

Anthony Giannini with Dr. Gerrard and Dr. Grant

Anthony J. Giannini (up to $1500 in reimbursements). Anthony is currently pursuing his PhD degree in Animal Sciences under the direction of Dr. Bill Muir. He joined the ANSC Graduate Program at Purdue in the Fall 2003. Anthony received his B.S. from Upper Iowa University in May 2003.

Anthony will be attending a workshop organized by Brad Till at his TILLING lab in Seattle, Washington. The material presented in this workshop is not taught in an organized class here at Purdue. The goal of this workshop is to provide hands on training of TILLING and its uses. Participants will learn a novel approach to screening for natural and ENU induced point mutations in an organism's genome.

Anthony plans to stay within transgenic community upon graduation from Purdue University. His current focus is on the genetic modification of tilapia and zebrafish. TILLING, following ENU mutagenesis, will become an in-depth approach to producing and screening for fish with knockout or knockdown mutations here in Dr. Muir's lab. With this workshop Anthony will further his knowledge and abilities in this type of research in the remaining years of his graduate career.

Anthony will bring back the most up to date knowledge of this area and advance the techniques currently used and be able to train others in the TILLING and ENU mutagenesis.

Congratulations Anthony


W.R. FEATHERSTON EARLY GRADUATE CAREER AWARD

The Featherston Early Graduate Career Award was established in memory of Professor W.R. Featherston to annually recognize the outstanding M.S. or Ph.D. student within his/her first two years of graduate study. The award consists of $650, plus a certificate of award, individual plaque and her/his name will be added to the permanent plaque maintained within the department. This year's recipient is Kari Saddoris.

Kari Saddoris with Dr. Gerrard and Dr. Grant

Kari joined Dr. Radcliffe's laboratory after completing a Master of Science degree with Dr. Crenshaw at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in the fall of 2003. Kari's academic record stands for itself, with a strong record of achievement at the University of Illinois, the University of Wisconsin and now at Purdue University. She is very motivated and has a strong work ethic, allowing her to excel in her PhD program.

Ms. Saddoris has successfully mastered numerous techniques and has developed the necessary skills to complete an outstanding research project for her PhD.

Dr. Radcliffe indicates, "... Kari is the type of PhD student who we need to recruit more of. She has an extremely strong academic background, possesses a plethora of laboratory skills, and has enough applied knowledge and practical experience to be able to relate molecular and cellular events back to the whole animal..."

Congratulations Kari.


W.R. FEATHERSTON OUTSTANDING GRADUATE TEACHING AWARD

The Featherston Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award was established in memory of Professor W.R. Featherston to annually recognize the outstanding teaching by an M.S. or Ph.D. student within the department. The award consists of $850, plus a Certificate of Award, an Individual plaque and their name will be added to a permanent plaque maintained within the department. This year's recipient is Tracy Copenhafer.

Tracy Copenhafer with Dr. Gerrard and Dr. Grant

Tracy is pursuing a M.S. under the direction of Dr. David Gerrard. Tracy joined our graduate program in the fall or 2003. She received her B.S. from Michigan State University. Tracy received nominations for the Graduate Teaching Award for her accomplishments as a teaching assistant for Animal Sciences, 301, Animal Growth and Development, 351, Meat Science (lead instructor – Dave Gerrard); but also for relentless efforts to serve this department in the form of 'non-classroom' instruction and outreach.

Nominators comments include, "... Tracy Copenhafer has provided many students with invaluable information in the areas of Animal Sciences. She is a well-prepared, thorough and conscientious teacher that values human interaction and the process of learning..."

"... Tracy approaches teaching as a central mission at Purdue. She has developed very effective teaching skills and has used these skills to contribute greatly to the teaching needs of our department..."

"... Tracy is a bright, energetic individual with an excellent work ethic. She is a quiet individual that leads by example and has wonderful people skills."

As the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award recipient, Tracy was recognized at the University's Celebration of Graduate Student Teaching Banquet last month.

Congratulations Tracy


W.R. FEATHERSTON OUTSTANDING Ph.D. AWARD

The Featherston Outstanding Ph.D. Award was established in memory of Professor W.R. Featherston to annually recognize the outstanding Ph.D. student within the department. This award is considered an extremely high honor in the Graduate Program and serves to reward excellence. The award consists of $1000, Certificate of Award, an Individual plaque and the recipient's name will be added to a permanent plaque maintained within the department. This year's recipient is: Sheila Jacobi.

Sheila Jacobi with Dr. Gerrard and Dr. Grant

Sheila received her Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University in 1996, her Master of Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1999 and then returned to Purdue University entering the Animal Science graduate program in January 2001 to pursue her Ph.D. under the direction of Dr. Spurlock.

Sheila has been involved in the development of the Center for Comparative Medicine, which embodies collaborative efforts among the Schools of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University, and the Indiana University School of Medicine. Her research has contributed much to the prevailing theme of the Center being identified as developing the pig as a model for metabolic and cardiovascular diseases.

Just a few of Sheila's activities are:

Nominator's comments include, "... Sheila is an exemplary graduate student, and in my opinion, and that of numerous other faculty members, she is one of the finest young scientists that the School of Agriculture at Purdue University has had the pleasure of educating. Her kind and cordial way has made her popular among her peers and among the faculty, but more than anything, her academic abilities and research acumen have earned their respect."

Congratulations Sheila.


THE BOOK-HARMON LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP IN ANIMAL SCIENCES

The Book-Harmon Leadership Scholarship in Animal Sciences was established by Bob Book and Bud Harmon in recognition of their efforts to provide and promote leadership in animal agriculture. Each year, the Book-Harmon Leadership Scholarship provides a $1,000 scholarship to reward a graduate student in Animal Sciences that has displayed outstanding Leadership skills and efforts.

Criteria for receiving the scholarship:

The FIRST Book-Harmon Leadership Scholarship in Animal Sciences is awarded to Darrin Karcher.

Darrin Karcher with Dr. Gerrard and Dr. Grant

Darrin joined Dr. Applegate's laboratory in August of 2003 after completing his MS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Darrin has maintains an outstanding GPA (3.7) and has been active in several service organizations.

EXCELLENCE IN EXTENSION/OUTREACH

SERVICE

Darrin's philosophy is "A good leader also is an active team player, making sure everyone on the team has voiced his opinion…I believe leading by example is more influential than leading by voice..."

Congratulations, Darrin


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