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Phelps, Matney Receive Larry Corah Graduate Student Awards

Animal Sciences and Industry graduate students recognized for scholastic achievement, research and teaching.

2016 Larry Corah Graduate Student Award WinnersMANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry Graduate Student Kelsey Phelps and MaryAnn Matney were recognized Friday, May 20 as recipients of Larry Corah Outstanding Graduate Student Awards.

Phelps received the Outstanding PhD Student Award which includes a $1,500 scholarship. She is a graduate research assistant pursuing a doctoral degree in Meat Science and Muscle Biology. Phelps has been extremely involved in research projects with nine peer-reviewed publications (first author on four), 18 abstracts (first author on eight) and was co-investigator on two grants totaling $114,000. As an educator, she individually taught a section of the undergraduate meat science lab course and has mentored 10 undergraduates conducting research projects.

Phelps, originally from Breckenridge, Minn., was nominated by her advisor, John Gonzalez. "I believe Kelsey is an excellent representative of our department, K-State and this award," he wrote. "She has exceeded all my expectations in terms of productivity and contributions to our department and university. She has become the best student in my laboratory and I'm proud to say she is a product of my program."

Matney was awarded the Outstanding Masters Student Award, which includes a $1,000 scholarship. She is a graduate research assistant pursuing a master's degree in Meat Science. During her Master's work, Matney has served as a coach for the K-State Meats Judging Team, was president of the K-State Meat Science Association and has been active teaching. She won the Richard Elmore Brown Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award in 2016.

Matney, originally from Dearborn, Missouri, was nominated for the award by her advisor, Terry Houser. "MaryAnn encompasses everything I could ask of a graduate assistant in our program," Houser wrote. "She constantly goes above and beyond in all aspects of her professional and personal life. There is no doubt she is one of the best students I have worked with in my career."

Both the PhD and Masters awards are presented in honor of Larry Corah, who served for 25 years as a K-State Animal Science and Industry Department beef extension and research specialist. After retiring from K-State, he went on to work for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association as director of production systems and then the past 17 years he has served as the Certified Angus Beef (CAB) LLC Vice President of Supply. The scholarships are supported from the Larry Corah Graduate Student Enhancement Fund.

The award winners are selected based on scholastic achievement, research activity and success, teaching activities, faculty evaluation, and overall contributions to the mission of the department.