Student and Faculty Achievement ⋅ Page 1

An Innovative Study Abroad Program

Nix Cannady is working toward their veterinary medicine degree through the FEEPASS Programme at the University of Glasgow

Through an innovative study abroad program, University of Missouri senior Nix Cannady is finishing their animal sciences degree in Scotland – and getting a jumpstart in the University of Glasgow’s veterinary medicine degree program. Cannady is working toward their veterinary medicine degree through the Facilitated Early Entry Programme for Animal Science Students (FEEPASS) in the School of Veterinary Medicine at…

Senior Spotlight: Emerald McKinley

McKinley will graduate with a degree in biochemistry

Emerald McKinley had no doubt about her decision to attend the University of Missouri – it was the only college she applied to. McKinley became familiar with the university through her aunt, who worked on campus in residential life. Growing up, McKinley spent numerous summers with her aunt, taking in campus life. Those experiences were more than enough for McKinley…

Senior Spotlight: Quentin Carlyle

Carlyle will graduate with a degree in agricultural education

Quentin Carlyle knew he was going to get what he calls the “best of both worlds” when he came to the University of Missouri. Carlyle wanted the big college experience, as well as a faculty and staff who knew his name. He found that within the agricultural education degree program in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources…

Senior Spotlight: Ally Akyol

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

Ally Akyol made the most out of her time at the University of Missouri. A Columbia, Mo., native, Akyol took part in hands-on learning experiences, a study abroad program and experiential learning opportunities. Her time in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) also prepared for her future career – a career that she has already begun.…

Senior Spotlight: Jacob Rissman

Rissman will graduate with a degree in animal sciences

As a high school student, Jacob Rissman knew his passion for animals could lead to one of three vocations – farmer/producer, zookeeper or veterinarian. When Rissman started courses in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) his eyes were opened to the numerous jobs an animal sciences degree could offer him. Rissman, who will graduate…

Senior Spotlight: Madysen Kinsler

Kinsler will graduate with a degree in nutrition and exercise physiology

Growing up in a town of less than 2,500 people, Madysen Kinsler briefly considered continuing her education at the University of Missouri. However, with an undergraduate student enrollment of nearly 10 times her hometown, Kinsler didn’t want to feel overwhelmed as a student. Kinsler, who grew up in Elsberry, Mo., settled on Culver-Stockton College, in Canton, Mo., instead. Kinsler wasn’t…

Senior Spotlight: Maya Puller

Puller will graduate with a degree in plant sciences

As a track and field athlete at the University of Missouri, time management was key for Maya Puller as she navigated being a college athlete and earning a degree in plant sciences. Some of Puller’s days began as early as 5 or 6 a.m. with practice and weightlifting, followed by her various classes and assignments. Puller, who will graduate from…

Expanding Forestry Efforts

CAFNR announces gift to create landowner engagement position in forestry 

Barrels made from Missouri white oak truly represent a 100 percent value-added product from the Show-Me State. From landowners’ woodlands, to master loggers harvesting mature trees, to the manufacturing plants assembling the barrels, white oak woodlands help sustain rural communities across Missouri. And not just white oak but red oak, too, ensures Missouri’s $10 billion forest products economic engine keeps…

Ahmed Balboula Receives Outstanding Investigator Award

Ahmed Balboula receives grant through the National Institute of General Medicine 

Ahmed Balboula, assistant professor in animal sciences, is working to understand how chromosome segregation is regulated in female gametes (oocytes). During the early stages of pregnancy, chromosome mis-segregation can result in aneuploidy (abnormal number of chromosomes in a cell), the leading genetic cause of miscarriages and congenital abnormalities. His work has implications for both animal and human health. Balboula recently…

Taking a Chance

Mason Ward's research portfolio has earned him two awards from the Entomological Society of America

As a freshman, Mason Ward took a chance and applied to the Freshman Research in Plants (FRIPS) Program with the thought that he would give research a try. Ward wasn’t sure if research would be a major part of his collegiate career, but figured by pushing himself he would certainly learn something new. Now, three years later, Ward’s extraordinary research…