Category: Student Success

A Student Achievement

Entrepreneurial Internship

As a senior at the University of Missouri at Columbia, Libby Martin is already looking to help solve problems in the production agriculture industry through the development of veterinary medical technology specific to cattle production. Martin is working to solve the problem of calving ease and efficiency in an effort to make calving season easier for producers and yield lower mortality…

Providing Leadership Development Opportunities

The University of Missouri Animal Sciences Youth Leadership Academy returned in 2017 with a focus on teaching high school students more about the livestock industry. The four-day academy allowed an opportunity for networking with industry leaders. The goal of the program is to provide leadership development opportunities for youth in agriculture. The academy is a partnership between MU Extension, the…

Sewing Seeds

Fear is common on the streets of San Salvador, El Salvador. The capital city of the Central American country is a hot spot for gang violence and brutality. With bloody streets often being literal, rather than figurative, many young women fear the trek to school where the pressure from the gangs is a constant. Families are forced to give money…

Korean Connection

The first recipient of the Dr. C. Jerry and Barbara Nelson MU-Korea Ag Alumni Fellowship, Jinhyoung (Jin) Kim, recently completed his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri in agricultural and applied economics in May 2017. In 2003, Korean students at MU and the MU-Korea Ag Alumni Association established the fellowship in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Jerry…

Well Awarded

On Friday, May 12, Abrea Mizer was awarded the title of Outstanding Senior from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the 2017 spring commencement ceremony. Mizer graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in both biochemistry and agricultural education. During her tenure at MU, Mizer served as an ambassador for CAFNR, giving tours and presentations to visiting…

A Prestigious Program

Alex Clarke, a junior majoring in biochemistry, has been selected to serve as a summer research scholar at Cornell University. The program will run from May 31 through July 28 and will take place at Cornell’s New York Agricultural Research Station in Geneva, New York. The Ashland, Missouri, native will be working under Marc Fuchs, associate professor of plant pathology…

Environmentally Friendly

It was an article about beekeeping that Megan Tyminski wrote for the Columbia Daily Tribune that started Tyminski on a path towards the Udall Scholarship. The article caught the attention of MU Director of Fellowships Tim Parshall, who contacted Tyminski and encouraged her to consider applying for the Udall Scholarship. “He could really tell I had a sense of pride, ownership…

The Happiest Intern on Earth

When the coordinator for the Disney World internship program asked to chat, Sara Thuston thought she only made it through the first round of screenings. She had already gone through an hour-long interview, but when the next call came, she was geared up for another one-hour session. She found a tucked-away spot in the MU Student Center and awaited the…

Art in Ag

A few times per year, floral design instructor Lesleighan Kraft Cravens (B.S. ’13, M.S. ’15) takes a group of students to Baisch and Skinner, a wholesale floral distributor in St. Louis. Students assist in production of floral arrangements in a real-world, high-pressure environment. It was during one of these trips when she received the email. “I was just through the…

From Idea to Reality

When working in the laboratory, Paul J.D. Whiteside has a few favorite sayings to help him through the trials and tribulations of his endeavors. The first one that comes to his mind? “I’d rather be lucky than good.” “It’s something that my granddad says and my dad says it, too,” says Whiteside, a third-year doctoral candidate in bioengineering who works in…