Four Graduate Students win Scholarships for Dairy-Related Research
August 4, 2015
Four graduate students researching dairy-related topics have been selected to receive $2,000 each from NMPF’s National Dairy Leadership Scholarship Program. The NMPF board selected the 2015 scholarship recipients from among 30 applicants at its June meeting. They are:
Karmella Dolecheck, far left above, a Ph.D. candidate in animal science at the University of Kentucky. Her research focus is increasing dairy profitability through the application of a whole farm stochastic simulation model.
Paul LaPierre, next to Dolecheck, an M.S. candidate in animal science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focus is the effects of hydroxy vs. sulfate forms of trace minerals in milk replacer on dairy calves through weaning.
Jon Pretz, next to LaPierre, a Ph.D. candidate in dairy science at South Dakota State University. His research focus is evaluation of yeast products and antioxidants alone or in combination on ruminal volatile fatty acid absorption when fed to mid-lactation high-producing dairy cows
Barbara Wadsworth, far right, a Ph.D. candidate in animal science at the University of Kentucky. Her research focus is use of precision dairy farming technologies to detect lameness in dairy cattle.
The scholarship awards will be made to coincide with the start of the academic year in the fall. Applicants must be masters- or Ph.D.-level students conducting research of interest to NMPF member cooperatives and the dairy industry in general. The scholarships are funded through raffles conducted at the NMPF annual meeting.