Category Archives: Graduate Students

Belk and Boykin receive Carpenter Award

Aeriel Belk and Courtney Boykin, M.S. students in the Meat Science Section in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, received the Z.L. Carpenter Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Meat Science on Friday, March 10, 2017. The award is named in honor of Dr. Zerle L. Carpenter who began his career at Texas A&M University as an assistant professor of animal science in 1962. Dr. Carpenter rose to become full professor of animal science in 1971, head of the Department of Animal Science in 1978, and director of… Read More →

Students participate in Tyson Foods Beyond Fresh Meat short course

Tyson Foods, Inc., hosted the first annual Beyond Fresh Meat short course in Springdale, Arkansas, February 3-5, 2017. This course offered a unique opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students to learn about product formulation, research and development, and sensory evaluation. Meat Science grad students Courtney Boykin, Drew Cassens, Wade Hanson, Hillary Martinez, Spencer Tindel, and Kayley Wall participated in the short course. Friday afternoon began with a welcome reception for participants that was followed by discussions about raw materials, functional ingredients, and batter and breading systems. Saturday morning started by… Read More →

Clay Eastwood receives Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Graduate Teaching

Clay Eastwood received the Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Graduate Teaching at a ceremony at the AgriLife Center on Thursday, September 29, 2016. This award recognizes graduate students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for their outstanding contribution to teaching undergraduates. Clay is from New Braunfels, Texas and received both her Bachelor’s degree (2011) and Master’s degree (2014) in Animal Science from Texas A&M University. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. focusing on fresh meat quality, food safety, and sustainability under the guidance of Dr. Jeff… Read More →

Courtney Boykin receives SMIKids graduate scholarship for 2016-2017

Courtney Boykin, a Meat Science graduate student from Pflugerville, Texas, is this year’s graduate recipient of the SMIKids Scholarship. Courtney was presented the scholarship at the 60th Annual Southwest Meat Association Annual Convention and Supplier’s Showcase held at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort at Cedar Creek, Texas on July 27-30, 2016. The SMIKids Scholarships are given by the Burley Smith family to undergraduate and graduate students at Texas A&M University interested in the meat industry. Courtney received her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M University and is working… Read More →

Students attend Southwest Meat Association 60th Convention

Students from the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University participated in the 60th Annual Convention and Supplier’s Showcase of the Southwest Meat Association, which was held at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort at Cedar Creek, Texas on July 27-30, 2016. Adam Murray and Dylan Tucker served as student assistants at the convention, and Kenna Turner is serving as a summer intern for the Southwest Meat Association. Jillian Milopoulos and Jessica Humphrey from Texas Tech University were the other students who assisted at the convention. Many… Read More →

Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship Recipients, 2016-2017

The Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship, which was begun in 2000 by the SMA Foundation, is the greatest source of scholarship funds for undergraduate and graduate students interested in meat science in the U.S. Bob Ondrusek left a lasting impression and impact on so many people through his business, Columbia Packing Company in Dallas, and through his charitable and personal support of the Southwest Meat Association, FFA, 4-H, and many other associations and activities. This year’s Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarships were presented on July 30, 2016 at the Southwest Meat… Read More →

Clay Eastwood receives Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching

Clay Eastwood received an Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching at a ceremony held in the Stark Gallery in the Memorial Student Center at Texas A&M University on Monday, April 25, 2016. Clay was one of seven doctoral students to receive a teaching award along with five doctoral students and three masters’ students who received Excellence in Research Awards. Clay is from New Braunfels, Texas and received both her Bachelor’s degree (2011) and Master’s degree (2014) in Animal Science from Texas A&M… Read More →

Hillary Henderson receives Edwards Teaching Award

Hillary Henderson, a M.S. student in Meat Science in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, was one of three students who received the Ronnie L. Edwards Graduate Student Teaching Award at the department’s Christmas Dinner and Award’s Ceremony on December 17, 2015. Hillary is from Alvin, Texas, and she received her undergraduate degree in animal science at Texas A&M University. Hillary is a lab instructor in ANSC 307 “Meats” and serves as the graduate assistant for ANSC 117 “Texas Barbecue.” While teaching what all is… Read More →

Yeater and Waters receive Carpenter Award

Michael Yeater and Crystal Waters, Ph.D. students in the Meat Science Section in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, received the Z.L. Carpenter Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Meat Science at the department’s Christmas Dinner and Awards Ceremony on December 17, 2015. The award is named in honor of Dr. Zerle L. Carpenter who began his career at Texas A&M University as an assistant professor of animal science in 1962. Dr. Carpenter rose to become full professor of animal science in 1971, head of the… Read More →

Graduate students gain leadership skills in Beef 706

Meat Science graduate students gain valuable leadership skills by working with programs such as Beef 706. Beef 706 is sponsored by the Texas Beef Council on behalf of the Beef Checkoff, is hosted by the Department of Animal Science, and is a producer-education program where those in the beef production industry learn first-hand about the ultimate product they are producing. Each class enlists the help of graduate students to lead the cutting groups where a side of beef is cut into its wholesale parts. Graduate students hone their teaching… Read More →