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CAFNR Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (C-DRIG) Winners Announced

The CAFNR Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (C-DRIG) are offered through the CAFNR Office of Research. The C-DRIG grant supports up to $2,000 or partially support dissertation research projects proposed by doctoral students in the College. Eligible students will have completed their coursework and have advanced to candidacy or will advance to candidacy within six months of the C-DRIG awards. The…

Alexis Jones Awarded the USDA-NIFA-AFRI Merit Award

Alexis Jones, graduate student in the Division of Animal Sciences, was named the USDA-NIFA-AFRI (National Institute of Food and Agriculture-Agriculture and Food Research Initiative) Merit Award for her abstract submitted for the 2022 Society for The Study of Reproduction Meeting. Jones’ abstract was titled “Identification of Novel Mitophagy Determinants in The Mammalian Cell Free System for the Study of Mitochondrial…

Senior Spotlight: Heather Vaughn (Snow)

Vaughn will graduate with a degree in animal sciences

Each year, CAFNR connects its students with numerous industries through two career fairs, one held in the fall and another in the spring. Heather Vaughn (Snow) took advantage of the career fair as a freshman and found an internship with Cactus  Family Farms, the pork division of Cactus Feeders, whose mission is to feed a hungry world. Vaughn’s internship was…

Jordan Thomas Receives Creative Extension Programming by New Faculty Award

Jordan Thomas, assistant Extension professor in the Division of Animal Sciences, has received the Provost’s Award for Creative Extension Programming by New Faculty. This award recognizes a faculty member with a current Extension assignment who has made exceptional accomplishments in their first four years of service at MU in the field of Extension or continuing…

Parker Krudop Named Outstanding Sophomore at 2022 Celebration of Excellence

Parker Krudop, an animal sciences major, was named Outstanding Sophomore at CAFNR’s 2022 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Tuesday, April 18. Krudop worked at a small animal veterinary clinic (and still does when she has time) and showed horses throughout her high school career. She has added to her animal sciences knowledge-base during her time at the University of…

Elizabeth Gunter Named Outstanding Senior at 2022 Celebration of Excellence

Elizabeth Gunter, an animal sciences major, was named Outstanding Senior at CAFNR’s 2022 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Tuesday, April 19. Gunter, who is also minoring in food science and nutrition, has served in multiple leadership roles during her time at the University of Missouri, including as president of the CAFNR student council for a year. She has been…

Wes Warren Recognized with Distinguished Research Award at 2022 Celebration of Excellence

Wesley Warren, professor in the Division of Animal Sciences, won the 2022 Distinguished Research Award as part of this year’s Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held April 19. Warren is also part of the Department of Surgery in the School of Medicine and Institute of Data Sciences and Informatics. He is a global leader in the field of comparative genomics…

Destiny Johns Receives Distinguished Thesis Award as Part of 2022 Celebration of Excellence

Destiny N. Johns received the 2022 William R. Lamberson Distinguished Thesis Award as part of the 2022 Celebration of Excellence awards, held April 19. Johns is a graduate student in the Division of Animal Sciences. She developed her thesis, Conceptus Interferon Gamma is Essential for Pregnancy Maintenance in the Pig, to investigate the role of conceptus interferons in regulating the…

Jordan Thomas Named 2021 J.W. Burch Specialist as Part of 2022 Celebration of Excellence

Jordan Thomas is the 2021 recipient of the J.W. Burch State Specialist Agricultural Extension Award, presented at the CAFNR Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony April 19. Thomas earned his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and PhD in animal sciences with an emphasis on reproductive physiology at the University of Missouri. He became an assistant Extension professor in 2018 and has served…

Rocio Rivera Receives Outstanding Graduate Advisor Award as Part of 2022 Celebration of Excellence

Rocio Rivera received the 2022 CAFNR Outstanding Graduate Advisor Award at CAFNR’s Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony April 19. She is a professor of animal sciences, and has been a member of the graduate faculty since 2007. Rivera has trained 10 master’s students, 1 doctoral student (with 2 current) and numerous post-baccalaureate and undergraduate students. She has also hosted visiting…