K-State ASI Students Sweep National Undergraduate Research Competition
MANHATTAN, Kan. –Three students majoring in Animal Sciences & Industry at Kansas State University won awards at the American Society of Animal Science Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, July 8-11. Allianna Mitchell, Olivia Harrison and Jenna Chance swept the top three placings in the Undergraduate Research Competition. Each student conducted a research project and presented a poster of their findings in a competition against other students from across the country. The scientific meeting is the largest within the animal science discipline and had more than 1,500 registrants. Student travel was sponsored by the Dr. Mark and Kim Young Undergraduate Research Fund in Animal Science.
Receiving first place honors was Mitchell, junior from Overland Park, Kansas, with her poster "The impact of varying protein sources on the feedlot goat fecal microbiome." Mitchell's research mentors were graduate student Rachel Sorensen and Drs. Alison Crane, James Lattimer and Cassie Jones. Mitchell's research was sponsored by the Kansas Corn Commission. After completing her undergraduate requirements, Mitchell plans to attend veterinary school at K-State.
Earning second place was Harrison, senior from Saybrook, Illinois, with her poster, "Effects of conditioning temperature and pellet diameter on nursery pig growth performance." Harrison's research mentors were graduate student Ashton Yoder and Dr. Cassie Jones. Harrison's research was sponsored by the National Pork Board Swine Research & Education Experience. After graduating in May 2020, Harrison plans to attend graduate school in feed safety at K-State.
In third place was Chance, senior from Lebanon, Indiana, with her poster, "Evaluation of increasing oat groats in nursery pig diets." Chance's research mentors were graduate student Annie Lerner and Drs. Joel DeRouchey, Jason Woodworth, Mike Tokach, Bob Goodband, and Steve Dritz. Chance's research was sponsored by the National Pork Board Swine Research & Education Experience. After graduating in December 2019, Chance plans to attend graduate school in swine nutrition at K-State.
The Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry 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 and food science with production, management, and agribusiness skills.