Yuan-Tai Hung

Yuan-Tai Hung

It is my honor to have been selected as the recipient of the Targeting Excellence Scholarship. For me, it is an incredible opportunity to attend the Targeting Excellence event interacting with industrial people and friends, as well as apply for a scholarship annually. Thank you for taking time to organize events, seeking fundraising, and reviewing scholarship applications. Because of this scholarship, I know I must keep working hard and look forward to contributing my enthusiasm to the food animal industry. Again, I am thankful for your generosity and this will surely assist me to achieve my personal and professional goals.

Awards Received

2020 Graduate Award (Minnesota)

Hometown:

Hometown:

St. Paul, Minnesota

School:

School:

University of Minnesota

Major:

Major:

Animal Science

Career Goals:

Career Goals:

My life-long passions are to bridge the gap between consumers and producers, as well as contribute to food animal agriculture in a sustainable way. My career goals are to continue to gain new knowledge and contribute to solving some of the grand challenges in global food animal production as an animal scientist. My previous academic training in National Chung Hsing University has prepared me for understanding the connection between food animal production and human life. For example, my master’s research involved evaluating the potential for using sorghum distiller residue to replace traditional feed ingredients in poultry diets. The ultimate goal of this research was to recycle nutrients in this by-product by feeding it to poultry, in an effort to maintain performance, reduce feed cost, and provide superior quality animal protein to consumers. Considering globalization occurs in the food animal industry, I then decided to study abroad to develop collaboration with experts in the industry and academia. Currently, I am studying at the University of Minnesota to pursue my Ph.D. degree with Drs. Milena Saqui-Salces, Pedro Urriola, and Gerald Shurson in the Integrated Animal Systems Biology (IASB) team. I strive for sustainable food production using the IASB approach, which helps me to collect much more data than traditional feeding experiments and allows me to generate more informative results. Applying IASB into thesis research, my first two studies were focused on dietary lipid oxidation and its effects on growth performance of nursery pigs. Then, I collaborated with Cargill Animal Nutrition to identify potential biomarkers that are associated with growth of pigs fed zinc oxide and antibiotics. My current research is to understand the physiological responses and metabolic responses of pigs fed fibrous diets by manipulating physical-chemical properties of dietary fiber. With these research experiences, I am confident that I will be a practitioner who will work with animal producers in a professional way. In addition to my academic activities, I am actively involved in student organizations, such as being a vice president in the Gopher poultry science club, a vice chair in the graduate student board, and a graduate student representative in the Animal Science Department. To prepare for working in the industry, I take every opportunity that will help prepare my profession and achieve my goals in life. The Targeting Excellence event is such a great opportunity to expand the social network for better achieving my career goals. Because of having great experience with people who attended the Targeting Excellence events, I have applied for this scholarship since 2017, and this scholarship would definitely help me continue my Ph.D. program in the U of M with unforgettable experience.