Apr 23

AYS Finalist: Nelson Pena - If It Was Possible Despite All

AYS Finalist: Nelson Pena - If It Was Possible Despite All

Being a researcher has been one of my most important goals in recent years and the research I did was the key point in deciding on this vocation, which I am so passionate about. Taking part in the Alltech Young Scientist came about because a friend suggested that I participate in the competition the year before. They thought that my research could win the regional competition, but due to fate, I could not participate that year.

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Apr 22

You Are What Your Food Ate

You Are What Your Food Ate

The Alltech Arena was abuzz with third-graders this Friday for the Ag Adventures Farm Field Day, an annual field trip where students from around the county are invited to come learn about agriculture.  While cycling through stations, children learned about everything from how to milk a cow to farm safety and beyond.

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Apr 18

AYS Finalist: JD Mostert - This South African is Going to Kentucky!

AYS Finalist: JD Mostert - This South African is Going to Kentucky!

As a young boy, living in South Africa with its magnificent wild life, I always wanted to become a vet to be able to make animals and science my day to day life. I found it intriguing as to know, or rather to catch a glimpse of how our Creator put life together and to see this in nature all around us. I loved to go to wildlife parks such as the Kruger National Park on game drives and to be amazed. Back home our family always kept a wide range of pets, from cats and dogs to geese, ducks, a crow to tortoises, chameleons, hedgehogs, fish and a monkey.

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Apr 16

AYS Finalist: Sara Tanner

AYS Finalist: Sara Tanner

Admittedly, I did not have the most typical path to a PhD program in the animal sciences. As a high school student, I knew I wanted to work with horses, so I applied to Cazenovia College’s program in equine business management. While at Cazenovia, I became involved as a teaching assistant for the equine anatomy and physiology class and in a feeding trial for Cargill. Interacting with students on understanding concepts from class and creating new knowledge through research really excited me. These experiences in teaching and research prompted me to look into graduate school.

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