I want to send a special thank you to Targeting Excellence sponsors, board, and committees. I appreciate the organization’s commitment to helping fund the education of students like myself interested in food animal agriculture. I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to attend NC State and look forward to the knowledge I will continue to gain in the coming semesters.
I am pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Poultry Science with a minor in Genetics. In addition, I am currently exploring PhD programs in Poultry Science related to Genetics and Immunology. I have been working with Dr. Beckstead and have learned that I love research both in the lab and on the farm. Last summer I interned with Cobb Vantress on their Pedigree farm in Rose, Oklahoma. The experience I had with Cobb spiked my interest in population genetics and allowed me to witness firsthand the importance of the role of a field based geneticist. This summer I will be interning with Aviagen in Elkmont, Alabama. I am looking forward to the experience and learning more about poultry and the opportunities available in the industry. Poultry is important throughout the United States; it is the most consumed protein. While specializing in poultry, I hope to be a resource for the industry, looking for ways to make improvements through genetics. I am passionate about agriculture, especially animals. I want to make a difference in how people view animals and animal production. I want to educate the public so they understand the importance of poultry as a food source, as well as the byproducts that are produced. I want to ensure I know the best practices in animal safety and want to use my skills to best impact the poultry industry.