Thank you for this opportunity to further enhance my education and studies in Animal Science during my time at Penn State. This scholarship will allow me to focus on my research in poultry nutrient management and the importance of industry, community, and governmental education on this very important topic.
I look forward to bringing this knowledge with me to my future extension position.
Thank you again for allowing me this opportunity.
Hometown: State College , PA
School: Pennsylvania State University
Major / Species: Animal Science
Career Goals: I have always had a strong passion for animals and continued this passion through my undergraduate career at Michigan State University majoring in Animal Science. Once I graduated in 2012 with my Bachelor of Science, I continued working with animals as a veterinary assistant while trying to figure out a more permanent career. As I progressed in this occupation, I came to the conclusion that I wanted to work in outreach to engage the community in a way that would educate them in agriculture as well as inform government representatives of agriculture’s advancements. It was at this point that I realized Graduate School was the avenue I needed to take in order to make this passion a reality. In the fall of 2015 I applied to Penn State University to obtain my Master of Science, which would give me the opportunity to begin my own successful outreach program once I graduated. During my time in my Master’s program, I have been able to work with and better understand how poultry producers and integrators are managing their nutrients within the Chesapeake Bay watershed to comply with regulations. This has given me the platform to learn effective communication tools depending on who my audience is. Furthermore, I have witnessed first-hand the struggles and successes these regulations place on growers. Through my study, I have been able to be an advocate for the growers as well as bridge the gap between agriculture, the environment, and the community. This scholarship would allow me to continue learning and working towards my passion by utilize the resources that are available to me. For instance, I am currently working on my provisional certification for becoming a Commercial Nutrient Management Planner. Additionally, this scholarship would make traveling for conferences to present my research more affordable as well as allow me to obtain manure nutrient samples and have them analyzed for nutrient contents. My goal moving forward from my Master’s program is to be a liaison for these growers and help them to best manage these nutrients in order to be as environmentally friendly as possible. This will allow them to make more of a connection with the community and local representatives bringing a shared understanding between all parties. In doing so, growers will be able to produce the most environmentally friendly and sustainable product as possible.