College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Animal & Avian Sciences

Annual Events

Annual Faculty and Staff Cookoff

Once a year, the spatulas and mixing bowls are brought out, the aprons are donned, and the faculty and staff of ANSC take their scientific skills into the kitchen to craft the perfect recipe for the annual Cookoff. Students are invited to sample the food and be the judge of who gets top bragging rights for the most delicious dishes and everyone has an opportunity to start the beginning of a new year in a fun way.

Department Seminars


The Department of Animal and Avian Sciences is proud to host its Department Seminar Series on Tuesdays at 3:30 pm throughout the academic year. These seminars are held in the Lecture Hall (0408) of the Animal Sciences Center, Bldg. 142 at the University of Maryland in College Park. The public is invited to attend.

Annual Symposium


The Annual Symposium is an opportunity for all of the members of the department to come together and share their research with one another, for graduate students to practice giving presentations in front of their peers, and to celebrate the academic year. Faculty, graduate students, and guest speakers all give presentations in the Lecture Hall and display posters in the concourse and network throughout the day. 

AG Day


Maryland Day or Ag Day, as it is known in this part of campus, is a chance for the department to showcase its achievements and accomplishments to the larger Maryland community, with some fun twists. At the Campus Farm, visitors can watch a Livestock Show and competitive horse jumping as well as learn about the cow with a window in her side. These and many more activities await those who visit Ag Day! 

Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Conference 


The premier educational event for the animal nutrition industry, this event brings together nutritionists from around the world to discuss practical research being conducted at universities.  This conference was called the Maryland Nutritional Conference and was held annually for 50 years before being renamed in 2003. Now, as a conference for the entire Mid-Atlantic region, students from this university compete against students from Penn St., Univ. of Penn, Univ. of Delaware, Virginia Tech, Rutgers, and West Virginia in a poster contest to present their achievements in research.

ANSC Student Welcome Celebration


In order to welcome new incoming students (both graduate and undergraduate) to the department, ANSC hosts a night of fun and festivities.  The night includes free food, and an opportunity to mingle with ANSC faculty, staff, and students in a laid back atmosphere. Representatives from several AGNR/ANSC clubs are also on hand to talk about how to get involved.

Mary Shorb Lecture in Nutrition


In 1948, Poultry Science Professor Dr. Mary Shorb developed lactobacillus Dorner assay for the anti-pernicious anemia factor in liver that led to the discovery of Vitamin B12 in conjunction with Merck scientists. The "Shorb Lecture in Nutrition"featuring world renowned nutritional scientists, is held annually in her honor. Past Shorb Lecturers.

LeClerg Rotary Lectureship in Biometry

The LeClerg Rotary Lectureship in Biometry is a lecture series held annually to honor Erwin L. LeClerg, a former Rotarian and statistician at the U.S.D.A. Agricultural Research Station in Beltsville, Maryland. Each year the lecture series includes research and teaching lectures given by a nationally recognized authority in quantitative genetics or biostatistics. The LeClerg Rotary Lectureship in Biometry is funded by an endowment which was established in 1983 by the College Park Rotary Club and the Rossmoor Aspen Hill Rotary Club to benefit the Biometrics Program at the University of Maryland.
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