Kristin Hansen 2016 Scholarship Winner

Kristin Hansen

“Thank you for selecting me as one of the recipients of a graduate scholarship through Targeting Excellence. I am looking forward to starting my graduate studies in August, and this scholarship will help immensely with my tuition. I am honored and grateful to be one of a small number of Iowa students chosen to receive this scholarship. “

Hometown: Elk Horn, IA

School: Iowa State University

Major / Species: Animal Science- Swine Nutrition

Career Goals: Over the past four years as an undergraduate, I have explored many different career options, but I have always aspired to work in an area of the swine industry. My career goals have become more specific as I’ve explored different classes and work experiences, and have found where my talents best fit into the pork industry. I will begin working towards my master’s degree in swine nutrition at Iowa State University in August of 2016 under Dr. John Patience in the Applied Swine Nutrition program. I will be studying nutrition at the cellular and sub-cellular levels, and at the applied level. My research project will involve alternatives to antibiotics, their effectiveness against disease, and their effects on growth of pigs. Through my research, I will be looking for ways to standardize the methods with which antibiotic alternatives are tested, so different alternatives can be compared across various experiments and research groups. After graduating with my master’s degree, I plan to work directly in the pork industry as a nutritionist or research manager for a large pork producer or feed company. I will use the technical nutrition skills I learn in graduate school to improve the feeding practices of the company I work for. I plan to use my research skills to continue to evaluate and integrate new discoveries in the nutrition field. Overall, I want to use my graduate education to help keep pigs healthy and growing properly. I have become increasingly passionate about the swine industry through my internships and animal science studies at Iowa State, which has driven me to study pigs at the graduate level. I believe there is a need for committed young people entering the swine industry, and I want to fill that need. With feed being the most costly input in a swine operation, I chose to study nutrition because I believe improvements in nutrition will have a major impact on pork production. Looking ahead to a future with more people and fewer resources, optimizing nutrition may help determine the fate of the pork industry. I want to be a part of what makes the future pork industry successful.  

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