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Representing Missouri on the National Level

Paxton Dahmer selected as 2020-21 National FFA Officer

As a seventh grader, Paxton Dahmer traveled with his family to the University of Missouri to watch his older brother, Payton, receive his state FFA degree during the Missouri state FFA convention. While taking in the entire ceremony, Paxton set a lofty goal for himself – he was going to be a Missouri state FFA officer. “I’m a sixth-generation farmer…

An Interdisciplinary Connection

Tessa Jennings has made the most of her undergraduate research opportunities

Tessa Jennings found a passion for plant sciences as a high school FFA student participating in career development events. That passion has continued to grow as a student at the University of Missouri – especially after being selected as a member of the Freshman Research in Plants (FRIPS) Program in 2018. For the past two years, Jennings, a junior majoring…

Developing Student Leaders

Litton Leadership Scholars Program offers students a chance to grow as leaders

Nearly a decade ago, and just one year into his teaching career at the University of Missouri, Jon Simonsen traveled with a handful of MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) faculty and administrators to Chillicothe, Mo. The purpose of the trip was to meet with board members of the Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation, which was created…

Making a Difference for Communities in Need

Melody Muldrow named George Washington Carver Graduate Fellow

It all started with a high school economics book. Melody Muldrow’s passion for economics was born when a high school teacher gave her an economics textbook to prepare for a city-wide high school economics competition. She spent an entire weekend thumbing through the book, soaking in as much information as she could. Muldrow was instantly hooked. “Economics would forever change…

Realizing His Dream

Nasruddeen (Nas) Al-Awwal named George Washington Carver Graduate Fellow

While Nasruddeen (Nas) Al-Awwal was less than a year old when his family moved from Missouri back to their home in Nigeria, he always had a desire to come back to the Show-Me State. Al-Awwal was born at University Hospital in Columbia, Mo., and just a few months later his father finished his degree at Lincoln University (Jefferson City, Mo.)…

A Sense of Belonging

Nicole Terherst Amezcua named George Washington Carver Graduate Fellow

Nicole Terherst Amezcua didn’t even tour the University of Missouri before applying to become a Tiger. While studying at the College of the Ozarks, Amezcua felt a desire to pursue a degree at a larger institution, even though it would require a big leap of faith. While Amezcua quickly realized how much bigger MU was, she felt a sense of…

Showcasing a Competitive Spirit

Mizzou Academic Quadrathlon team finishes tied for first at national competition

The COVID-19 pandemic pushed the national Animal Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Academic Quadrathlon to a virtual competition. That didn’t slow down the Mizzou Academic Quadrathlon team. After winning their regional competition, MU finished tied for first at the national competition, which was held in July. The team finished second overall after tiebreakers were taken into consideration. They finished first…

History in Bloom

MU Woodland and Floral Gardens marks 40th anniversary

Successful efforts by a handful of energetic horticulture students in the late 1970s led to the planning and execution of an ambitious garden project located next to MU’s Agriculture Building. The space was dedicated as the Woodland and Floral Gardens in April 1980. A public celebration to mark the garden’s 40th anniversary and rededicate what remains of the original landscape…

Deserved Recognition

Mizzou NAMA team earns awards and scholarships

While the in-person version of the 2020 National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) Student Marketing Competition and Conference was cancelled, several members of the Mizzou NAMA team still earned awards and scholarships via an online version in late spring. The Mizzou NAMA team was one of six teams to win recognition for its written executive summary for the Student Executive Summary Competition.…

An Outstanding Recognition

Two Department of Biochemistry students earn Mizzou '39 Awards

Each year, the Mizzou Alumni Association Student Board selects 39 outstanding seniors for its annual Mizzou ‘39 Award. Mizzou ‘39 recipients are chosen for their academic achievement, leadership and service to Mizzou and the community. In the spirit of service that was the cornerstone of the 1839 founding of the University of Missouri, the award is presented each spring. This…