College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Animal & Avian Sciences

31st Annual Symposium

The 31st Annual Symposium of the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences was held on May 25, 2017. This was an all day, research focused event that faculty, graduate students, staff, and invited guests participated to celebrate our collective scholarship and the completion of another academic year.

The Symposium opened with a keynote address delivered by Dr. James Drackley of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His talk was entitled, “Is a Problem-Free Transition Period in Dairy Cows Just a Fairy Tale?” Graduate students competed throughout the day with oral and poster presentations that showcased the department’s ongoing research, until the late afternoon award ceremony and barbeque. Here are the award winners of 2017:

Outstanding Ph.D. Student
Sarah Potts

Outstanding Masters Student
Jasmine Mengers

First Place Graduate Student Oral Presentation Award
Tim Sheets

Second Place Graduate Student Oral Presentation Award
Aubrey Jaqueth

First Place Research Assistant/Postdoc Oral Presentation Award
Wei Zhang

First Place Shaffner Award for Research in Poultry
Yanghua He

Second Place Shaffner Award for Research in Poultry
Jasmine Mengers

First Place Graduate Student Poster Award
Marie Iwaniuk

Second Place Graduate Student Poster Award
Rini Pek

First Place Research Assistant/Postdoc Poster Award
Andy Schiffmacher

Second Place Research Assistant/Postdoc Poster Award
Jessica Martin

Staff Member of the Year
Sheryl Grey

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