CSU, Chico

Spring 2002 Star Student

Spring 2002 Star Student

Allison Adams, an agriculture major with emphasis in integrated animal systems and a minor in chemistry, has been selected as the Fall 2001 Star Student for the California State University, Chico College of Agriculture. She was selected for her outstanding academic and professional record.

Adams, a senior at CSU, Chico, will graduate in spring 2002. A consistent member of the Dean's List, Adams' agriculture studies have extended far beyond the walls of the classroom. In 1999, Dr. Cindy Daley, an assistant professor in the CSU, Chico College of Agriculture, offered her a chance to conduct research in the area of reproductive physiology. Initially, she gained experience using polymerase chain reaction to sex bovine embryos. Today, she is working on altering the sex ratio of in vitro-produced embryos using sperm that has been incubated for varying amounts of time prior to fertilization.

"This project has tremendous potential in the dairy industry, generating a significantly higher proportion of female embryos through in vitro fertilization," said Adams.

Adams also said she gained professional experience in a cloning laboratory during her summer 2001 internship with ProLina, Inc., a Georgia-based company that markets cloning technology to the cattle and hog industries. In addition to learning the concepts behind cloning, Adams said her internship provided her invaluable experience using nuclear transfer and cell culture techniques.

"This really gave me a chance to make the connection between academics and industry," said Adams about her experience.

In addition to her excellent academic and professional record, Adams has served for two years as president of the Professional Animal Science Society at CSU, Chico and is a member of the CSU, Chico's Students for Responsible Agriculture Club, the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, the Golden Key National Honor Society and the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.

In fall 2000, Adams was recognized with the Lieutenant Robert Merton Rawlins Merit Award. The award is one of CSU, Chico's most prestigious honors. Nominations are made based on a student's seriousness of intent to obtain an education and ability to pursue a successful life in any chosen capacity as evidenced by scholastic and professional success.

As for the future, Adams said graduate school in the field of reproductive biotechnology is in the plan. Industry research, she said, is her ultimate goal. She is originally from Tehachapi, Calif.

With a goal of imparting knowledge of integrated agriculture and environmental systems to students, industry and society, the Chico State College of Agriculture advocates the idea that today decides tomorrow. Offering two bachelor of science degrees-one in agriculture and the other in agricultural business-the college offers specialized subject areas in agriscience and education, animal and plant systems, wild-range science, agricultural marketing, agricultural finance and appraisal, and agricultural business