Thank you to all who dedicated their time, efforts, and finances to this scholarship. I greatly appreciate all of your support and am honored to have been chosen as a 2020 Targeting Excellence Scholarship recipient. Driven by your generous support, I look forward to finishing my education and having the opportunity to pursue my goal of expanding the reaches of the animal industry. Through the encouragement and support of programs like this, it is possible for individuals like me to make their dreams a reality.
Passionate about animals and fascinated by biotechnology, I came to Ohio State to pursue a degree in agriculture majoring in animal science. Coming into to college without any career plans, I was constantly on a lookout for one that would allow me to mesh my interests. As I explored my options in animal science, I discovered genetic engineering and knew that a career in the research and development of transgenic livestock would allow me to combine my curiosity towards animal science with my desire to explore biotechnology. Since this decision to pursue a career in genetic engineering, I have focused my experiences around this plan and taken every opportunity to learn more about current research in this field. There is vast potential for this application of biotechnology as genetically modifying animals could help decrease the environmental impact of animal agriculture, improve production efficiency, and even provide a new method of medicinal production and delivery. As this field continues to expand and develop, I can’t wait to join in the research and help push the boundaries of animal science through genetic engineering.