ASI Students Participate in Undergraduate Research Symposium
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Ten undergraduate students presented posters during the Kansas State University Animal Sciences and Industry Undergraduate Research Symposium on Monday, Dec. 12. The symposium hosted at Weber Hall on the K-State campus highlighted the ASI undergraduate research for the fall 2016 semester.
Undergraduate research is an opportunity to perform in-depth study, gain transferable skills, develop critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, define academic and professional interests, and form relationships with mentors, professors, and other students. The program gives students the opportunity to work with ASI faculty and graduate student mentors on a project that is rewarding and helps them prepare for their next goals.
Undergraduate research helps students understand the value and constraints of data. Whether they go on to graduate school, return to the ranch, or venture into industry, these students will use data every day to make decisions. An undergraduate research experience helps them understand how to value that data during the decision-making process and will help make them more successful animal scientists.
Chloe Creager a junior in ASI from Olpe, Kansas, was a participant in the research program during both the spring and fall 2016 semesters. "It was a great experience," she explains. "Participating in the program, I was able to figure out firsthand that I have a passion for research and development and that this is a career path I plan to pursue. The research program gives students an experience with professional value in addition to giving us the chance to develop connections with potential future colleagues."
She also explains the value of graduate student mentors. "Working with my mentors on the Applied Swine Nutrition Team, I had the chance to get involved with research with no previous experience in swine nutrition," she says. "And with their willingness and patience to answer all of my questions and to put in a lot of their own time to help me in my work, my abilities and confidence grew very quickly."
Summary of the students' projects and mentors:
• Sydney Buller - Methods in Applied Ethology: Measuring stress in dairy calves - Dr. Lindsey Hulbert
• Chloe Creager - Effects of feeding alternative sources of protein on growth performance and carcass characteristics of late finishing pigs - Jose Soto and Annie Clark
• Emily Ingram - Evaluation of Elarom-F Plus in nursery diets with or without the inclusion of high zinc oxide levels and/or antibiotics - Hayden Williams and Annie Clark
• Austin McDaniel - Efficacy of chlorinated nanobubble solutions to control shiga toxin-producing E. coli, Salmonella spp., and non-pathogenic surrogate E. coli in chilled pure solutions - Amanda Wilder and Dr. Randy Phebus
• Keith Mentnech - Camelina Seed and its effect on avian wildlife species - Dr. R. Scott Beyer
• Madison Moniz - Effects of sodium and chloride on nursery pig growth performance - Dwight Shawk and Annie Clark
• Kaylea Nemechek - Effects of increasing chloride concentrations for 15 to 25 pound nursery pigs - Dwight Shawk and Annie Clark
• Maria Ruiz - Methods in Applied Ethology: Determining baseline activity of pigs in individually housed laboratory environment - Dr. Lindsey Hulbert
• Kelli Schrag - The influence of casein on equine fiber digestion - Katie Jordan and Dr. James Lattimer
• Elisa Trigo - Assessing the impact of the molasses-based block process on the ability to increase trace mineral bioavailability in beef cattle production - Dr. Jim Drouillard
Three students will be presenting research at regional or national meetings. Their project and mentors are:
• Amanda Kathrens - Do bacterial species contained in commercial probiotic products, an antibiotic alternative, carry antimicrobial resistance? - Dr. T. G. Nagaraja and Dr. Raghu Amachawadi
• Gage Nichols - Validation of individual computerized sow feeding systems in lactation - Kiah Gourley and Annie Clark
• MaRyka Smith - Development of a silver methenamine masson trichrome (SMMT) stain for use in sheep kidneys - Dr. Sally Davis
Undergraduates interested in learning more about the ASI research program, or those interested in sponsoring the program, can contact Dr. Cassie Jones, Coordinator of Undergraduate Research, at 785-532-5289 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kansas State University Animal Sciences and Industry department serves students, livestock producers and the animal and food industries through teaching, research and education.The K-State ASI department prepares students for careers in the animal and food industries. The curriculum includes the study of nutrition, reproduction, genetics, behavior, meat science, food science with production, management, and agribusiness skills.