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Finding the Perfect Degree

Memphis Bancroft said she has fallen in love with the food science and nutrition degree

When Memphis Bancroft made the decision to pursue a food science and nutrition degree at the University of Missouri she didn’t realize the real-world application of what she was studying would be so immediate. When Bancroft chose the degree program her mother was on a very restrictive diet due to a colon cancer diagnosis. “With the effects of surgery we…

An Incredible Experience

Sophie Cunningham Classic offers sport management students a look at organizing a high-profile event

In early December, high school girls basketball teams from three states took part in the inaugural Sophie Cunningham Classic, a three-day shootout in Columbia created by women athletes for young female athletes. The Classic allowed those athletes to take center stage and allowed Cunningham to give back to the community where she dominated opponents on the court as a high…

A Tasty Experience

Food science and nutrition students spent the fall semester developing a variety of barbeque sauce flavors

A capstone course within the food science and nutrition degree program, the Food Product Development (F_S 4970) class allows students to integrate the various disciplines of food science to create new food products. Andrew Clarke, an associate professor, has taught the writing-intensive course for more than two decades – helping to lead students on a journey that begins with them…

Senior Spotlight: Remi Levinson

Levinson will graduate with a degree in hospitality management

For Remi Levinson, the hospitality management degree program at the University of Missouri offered her exactly what she was looking for. Levinson has always had an interest in planning events – and saw the hospitality management program as a great opportunity to build on that interest, as well as give her additional insights into one of the largest industries in…

Senior Spotlight: Michael McLaughlin

McLaughlin will graduate with a degree in plant sciences

Michael McLaughlin’s first visit to the University of Missouri was an unofficial one, but that’s all it took for him to realize that MU was the place he needed to be. McLaughlin, who was 14 years old at the time of the trip, was visiting his cousin and saw numerous spots across campus. It was the final stop that sold…

Senior Spotlight: Marlon Guzman

Guzman will graduate with a degree in parks, recreation and sport

Marlon Guzman hasn’t had the typical finish to his collegiate career. Guzman has spent his final semester at the University of Missouri on a different continent, participating in an internship with Wilderness Patagonia, a travel company located in Bariloche, Argentina. The internship has given Guzman an opportunity to combine his interests in natural resources, sustainability and tourism. And while the…

Senior Spotlight: Caitlin Kimes

Kimes will graduate with a degree in biochemistry

The Rocky Mountain Tigers alumni chapter is one of the University of Missouri’s largest out-of-state chapters, including more than 600 active alums living throughout Colorado. It’s a group that helped lead Caitlin Kimes to Mizzou. “My parents are both graduates of MU, but I wasn’t really sure that I wanted to go that route,” Kimes said. “I knew that Mizzou…

Senior Spotlight: Adam Slayton

Slayton will graduate with a degree in agriculture

Early in his college career, University of Missouri senior Adam Slayton was encouraged to take chances. He took that advice to heart and spent his time at MU soaking up opportunities to gain real-world learning experiences. Those experiences, many of which came through internships, opened the door for Slayton to land — and start — a full-time job; all before…

Senior Spotlight: Paige Williams

Williams will graduate with a degree in animal sciences

The Biology of Animal Production course at the University of Missouri introduces students to a variety of livestock production systems, as well as numerous production animals. It is a course that completely changed Paige Williams’ collegiate journey. An interest in equine brought Williams to MU, as she grew up riding horses and participating in multiple rodeos across Missouri. She raised…

Growing Together

Anna Hartke and Mark Wendell have grown professionally and personally while pursuing degrees at MU

While the Swine Club at the University of Missouri was valuable professionally for both Anna Hartke and Mark Wendell, it also proved to be special on a personal level. Hartke and Wendell grew up in different parts of Illinois and both arrived at Mizzou as animal sciences majors in 2016. They had a couple of courses together during their freshmen…