I am incredibly thankful to the Targeting Excellence sponsors as well as those that serve on the board and committee for this scholarship opportunity. Food Animal Agriculture is the backbone of our nation. A scholarship devoted to such a vital area of study is indispensable.
Upon completion of my master’s degree under the direction of Dr. Flowers, I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in applied nutrition in pigs. After I receive my doctorate, I would like to work in academia with a research and teaching appointment. I am very passionate about how nutrition affects reproduction in pigs, especially in primiparous females. With an ever increasing world population to feed and a decreasing amount of land to it on, we as agriculturists have to find a way to increase efficiency. I believe that reproduction is a good place to start and I hope that my research can play a part in that huge task. I also have a heart for teaching and I believe that working for a university would allow me to excel in both my interests. In addition, I plan to operate my own show pig business. I grew up showing livestock and I believe it played a vital role in making me who I am today. I would like to develop a program which allows children who may not have the financial resources for such opportunity a chance to experience exhibiting livestock as well.