2011 Outstanding Sophomore: Emily Brundick
EMILY BRUNDICK is from Argyle, Mo. and is studying Agricultural Economics.
When she identifies a goal, she jumps right in and doesn't wait for things to take their course. That's why she traveled to the Czech Republic last summer after her first year at Mizzou. The sophomore agricultural economics major from Argyle, Mo., attended the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague where she earned nine credit hours with an emphasis in agricultural economics and explored the Czech Republic and neighboring countries.
Why tackle such a life-changing experience so early in her academic career? Brundick has a thoroughly logical explanation. "It has been a longtime dream of mine to study abroad, so I made it happen as a freshman because I knew I would only become busier as time went on," she says.
Brundick credits her parent to passing on a strong work ethic. Her activities both on- and off-campus are testimony to that work ethic. She has maintained a 4.0 grade point average while serving as treasurer of the Sigma Alpha professional agriculture sorority and as a past representative to the CAFNR Student Council and vice president of the Agricultural Economics Club for scholarships and programs.
"EMILY IS A TEAM PLAYER, VERY DISCIPLINED, DEPENDABLE AND COMMITTED 100 PERCENT TO ENSURE THE JOB IS DONE AND OBJECTIVES CLEARLY MET. HER CAN-DO ATTITUDE IS CONTAGIOUS, AND SHE IS VERY MOTIVATING TO BE AROUND. SHE OFFERS A POSITIVE INFLUENCE TO HER COLLEAGUES AND TO FACULTY ALIKE."
— Abner Womack, professor of agricultural economics
She has worked as a legislative intern for both U.S. Rep Blaine Luetkemeyer and state Rep. Tom Loehner. Brundick has served on the promotions committee as a member of the 2010 CAFNR Week steering committee. She has worked as a research assistant for MU's Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute in a position that required detailed work and absolute precision.
In acknowledging the accolades she already has received at MU, Brundick cites the nurturing atmosphere in CAFNR. "I am driven to work harder and excel because I am surrounded with those whom I consider to be the very brightest of the current and future agriculture industry," she says.