CSU, Chico

Grace Berryhill, Animal Science

Grace Berryhill, Animal Science

Grace BerryhillFor Senior Animal Science major Grace Berryhill it was clear that Chico State was the college she would attend. After graduating from Tulare High School in 2004 Berryhill served as a State FFA officer. This experience enabled her to develop relationships with faculty and staff in the College of Agriculture at CSU, Chico. She knew Chico would offer a great community and quality, hands-on education.

Berryhill has taken advantage of every opportunity that comes her way. She has served as the student research assistant for Dr. Cindy Daley and Dr. Patrick Doyle. She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, has chaired the FFA Field Day Horse Judging Contest, and competed on the Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Collegiate Discussion Meet Team. It was on the YF&R Discussion Meet Team that Berryhill won both the state and national contests during her junior year. Staying active in extracurricular activities has not limited Berryhill's academic success. She has made the Dean's List every semester and received academic honors in the College of Agriculture her freshman through senior years.

While at Chico State Berryhill has had the opportunity to participate in an undergraduate research project with animal science professor Dr. Patrick Doyle and Snyder Livestock Company from Yerington, Nevada. She helped Doyle conduct research and write a paper titled "Phenotypic Relationships of Residual Feed Intake with Growth and Carcass Performance Traits of Spring-Born Angus Bulls." Berryhill will be presenting the research in June at the Western Section meeting of the American Society of Animal Science.

When asked who has been influential to her education while at Chico State, Berryhill credits the faculty and staff, including Dr. Cindy Daley, Dr. Patrick Doyle, and Dr. Brad Dodson. "I knew Dr. Dodson during my involvement with FFA, so he made my transition to Chico State particularly streamlined," Berryhill recalls. She also appreciates her time working with Dr. Doyle on his feed intake research. "I have loved learning from him and appreciated his high standards and dedication to students in the college," she says.  She also credits her academic advisor, Dr. Cindy Daley, for helping her navigate career paths and achieve her academic goals: "It is my hope that these professors, and all faculty and staff in the College of Agriculture, know how thankful I am for their valuable contribution."

Although school keeps her pretty busy, when Berryhill does have a free moment she enjoys being outdoors, riding horses, hiking, reading, movies, music-you name it!

After graduating in May 2009 Berryhill will enter the master's program for animal biology at UC Davis in the fall, and possibly continue on to get her PhD. After all her education is done Berryhill hopes to find a career in applied animal research or applied clinical research.