Zack Peppmeier

I want to thank the sponsors, organizers, board of directors, and the application review committees that make Targeting Excellence and the scholarships they provide a reality. Through Targeting Excellence events students are provided the opportunity to interact with professionals from multiple industries across agriculture. The scholarships they are then able to provide are integral to students in continuing education, expanding their experience, and further improving food animal agriculture.

Awards Received

2019 Graduate Award (North Carolina)
2018 Graduate Award (North Carolina)

Hometown:

Hometown:

Raleigh, NC

School:

School:

North Carolina State University

Major:

Major:

Animal Science

Career Goals:

Career Goals:

Dear Targeting Excellence Scholarship Committee,

I am currently a first-year master’s student studying Animal Science at North Carolina State University. I did however complete my undergraduate education at Iowa State University in May 2018. As an undergraduate, I was an active member of various clubs, including Block & Bridle and Meat Science Club, as seen in the C.V. attached to my scholarship application. Also, I was a member of the 2016 Iowa State University Intercollegiate Meat Judging team and the 2018 Iowa State University Intercollegiate Meat Animal Evaluation team which sparked my passion for pork quality. Through these experiences I was able to gain a broader knowledge of the swine industry to encompass commerical production, meat industry, show industry, as well as other niché markets. This passion for swine production has developed due to my experience raising swine, cattle, and sheep on my family’s diversified farm. It has also led me to pursue advanced education at North Carolina State University.

I was provided the opportunity to study swine science under the tutelage of Dr. Mark Knauer at North Carolina State University. I plan to graduate with my master’s degree in May 2020. After graduation, I plan to gain a position within the swine industry. However, I have not decided whether that will take place after receiving a master’s degree or a Ph.D., if I continue my education depending on different opportunities which arise. This 2019 summer, I will intern with Smithfield Premium Genetics where I will be working with their team in developing a thesis project on functional teat count of sows. There are number of different projects in which I will also have the opportunity to conduct research in including: structural traits, relating growth to piglet survivability and percentage of full value market hog, as well as working with genomic data. This opportunity will only further develop my experiences and better prepare me for a future career. I hope to gain a career within a swine genetics company where I am able to make an impact and further improve the swine industry. I believe through working with a genetics company, I can make a broad impact on the industry by developing research projects which help producers in their selection practices and further improve management practices. I greatly enjoy working in applied research and hope to continue to do so in the future. Thank you for consideration of my application.

Sincerely,
Zack Peppmeier