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College of Agriculture

Undergraduate Students Present Research at Western Section Meeting for American Society of Animal Science

Announced on: Wednesday, June 19, 2019

five College of Agriculture students at Boise, Idaho, to attend the Annual Western Section Meeting for the American Society of Animal ScienceFrom June 11-13, five College of Agriculture students traveled to Boise, Idaho, to attend the Annual Western Section Meeting for the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS). Among these, Ellen VanNoy, Savanna LaPant, and Kelley Duggan presented research in the undergraduate poster competition, where VanNoy placed 2nd overall for her presentation on the economic value of feedlot performance traits in commercial Angus and half-blood, Lowline-influenced Angus steers. The group was accompanied by professors Celina Phillips and Kasey DeAtley, as well as Interim Associate Dean Patrick Doyle and Dean John Unruh.

During the meeting, students took part in a beef symposium, student mixers and socials, lunch-and-learn sessions, and listened to presentations on current research happening across the country.

“We in the College of Agriculture pride ourselves in providing undergraduate research opportunities that further each student’s experiential learning.  Opportunities such as the undergraduate research competition at the conference allows students to present and discuss their research with students and faculty from universities across the West and Midwest, providing them an opportunity to showcase their efforts and make new colleagues at the same time,” Doyle said. “Taking students to professional meetings introduces students to the field of animal science and the opportunities that exist to further their education through graduate school. Many of our students have met their future graduate advisers at this conference.” 

Recent Chico State alumni Kacie McCarthy, Rebecca Swanson, Heather Foxworthy, and Caitlin Cadaret also attended the meeting to present research from their graduate school programs. Cadaret was awarded the Annual WSASAS Young Scholar PhD Award for her research in maternal stress on fetal development as well as increasing long-term retention in STEM courses. In the fall, Cadaret will defend her dissertation and has accepted an assistant professor position at Colorado State University.

Funding for the students’ travel was made possible by Chico State’s University Foundation and Board of Governors.

In 2020, the annual conference will be held in Chico and hosted for the first time by Chico State.