I am very thankful for the support Targeting Excellence has provided, not only through scholarship money but also through their networking events. These events provide the perfect environment for students like myself to meet industry professionals. I am very fortunate to be involved in such an amazing organization. I would like to give special thanks to sponsors, the board of directors, and the Minnesota committee. Thank you for everything you do!
Hometown: Hastings, MN
School: University of Minnesota
Major / Species: Animal Science
Career Goals: Despite being raised in an urban setting, I have been interested in food animal health and nutrition since I first became involved in my county’s 4-H poultry project. Upon graduation from high school, I decided to pursue this passion at the University of Minnesota. I completed my bachelor’s degree in animal science where I graduated summa cum laude.
During my undergraduate studies, I completed my honors research in poultry nutrition where I played a role in
experimental designs, bird care, sample collection, sample analysis, data analysis, and scientific writing. After completing
my bachelor’s degree, I started my master’s program in swine nutrition with a project focusing on the survival of porcine
epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) in swine feed and feed ingredients. As a side project, I was also involved in an
experiment at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences determining the effects of rapeseed meal in the Norwegian
landrace diet. Between these two projects, I have developed a special interest in the relationship between animal
nutrition and animal health. For example, in my PEDV master’s research I not only evaluated the nutritional impact of
these ingredients, but also the risk of pathogen transmission. After completing my master’s degree in September of
2016, I immediately continued my education toward a Ph.D. in animal nutrition. I will continue to do nutrition research
with an animal health aspect, particularly focusing on the use of antimicrobials and antibiotic alternatives in livestock.
For a career, I plan on staying in the area of food animal health and nutrition. I am specifically interested in playing a role
in research and development in the animal feed industry. In addition to my interest in research and development, I
would also be interested in a consulting job working with farmers. I enjoy interacting with others and spending time on
farms and actually handling the animals. Both of these career paths would ultimately satisfy my interest in production
animal health and nutrition and give me the opportunity to play a role in the safe and efficient production of food.