Category Archives: Graduate Students

Meat Judging Team competes at Eastern National Meat Judging Contest, October 3, 2015

The 2015 Texas A&M University Meat Judging Team recently returned from the 2015 Eastern National Meat Judging Contest held in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, hosted by Cargill Meat Solutions. The team, consisting of Brandon Burge, Keller; Brandon Cronin, Shepard; Micki Gooch, Celina; Sam Hodges, Elysian Fields; Kline Jones, Dublin; Madalynn Kainer, Victoria; Connor King, Waller; Katy Jo Nickelson, Ft. Worth; Cassie Peña, Weslaco; Mitch Rando, Sugar Land; and Erika Victor, Ft. Worth, and coached by Dr. Leslie Frenzel and Drew Cassens, placed third overall. Brandon Burge placed third individually and… Read More →

Mehall, Eastwood present at International Congress of Meat Science and Technology in France

Lindsey Mehall and Clay Eastwood, Ph.D. students in the Department of Animal Science, presented their research work at the 61st International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST) in Clermont-Ferrand, France, August 23-28, 2015. The ICoMST had over 400 participants from over 40 countries in attendance. Faculty members, Wes Osburn and Jeff Savell, also participated in the conference. Here are the two papers presented: Eastwood, L. C., A. N. Arnold, R. K. Miller, K. B. Gehring, and J. W. Savell. 2015. Quality and palatability of foodservice beef aged… Read More →

2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ steer, barrow, lamb, and goat carcass results | AggieMeat

The 2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ steer, barrow, lamb, and goat carcass contest results are listed below: 2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Carcass Contest – Steers 2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Carcass Contest – Barrows 2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Carcass Contest – Lambs 2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Carcass Contest – Goats Source: 2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ steer, barrow, lamb, and goat carcass results | AggieMeat

Hillary Henderson receives SMIKids Graduate Scholarship for 2015-2016

Hillary Henderson, a Meat Science graduate student from Alvin, Texas, is this year’s graduate recipient of the SMIKids Scholarship. Hillary was presented the scholarship at the 59th Annual Southwest Meat Association Annual Convention held at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, July 22-25, 2015. 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. Hillary received her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M University and worked in private… Read More →

Meat Science faculty and students participate in SMA Convention, 2015

The 59th Annual Convention of the Southwest Meat Association was held at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, July 22-25, 2015, and several Meat Science faculty and students were in attendance making new connections or reconnecting with meat industry leaders, helping with the convention, or receiving scholarships including the Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship, the SMIKids Scholarship, and the SMA Foundation Graduate Scholarship. Dr. Gary Smith, visiting professor of animal science, also presented two talks at the convention, and Davey Griffin provided photographic services capturing highlights… Read More →

Hannah Laird receives SMA Foundation Graduate Scholarship

Hannah Laird, Meat Science graduate student from Dickinson, Texas, received this year’s SMA Foundation graduate scholarship, which was presented to her at the 59th Annual Southwest Meat Association Convention held at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, July 22-25, 2015. Hannah is working in the sensory analysis area, and has an undergraduate degree from Baylor University.

Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship Recipients, 2015-2016

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 association and activities. This year’s Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarships were presented on July 24, 2015 at the Southwest Meat… Read More →

Bloomin’ Brands Beef 101 program held July 14-17, 2015

Key research and development, procurement, and other personnel from Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. participated in a customized Beef 101 program, July 14-17, 2015. The program was sponsored by Standard Meat Company and conducted by the faculty and students of the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University. Bloomin’ Brands restaurant concepts include Outback Steakhouse®, Carrabba’s Italian Grill®, Bonefish Grill®, and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. The participants arrived on campus on Tuesday, July 14th and were treated to an overview of the process of making the award-winning,… Read More →

Lindsey Mehall receives Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching

Lindsey N. Mehall received a 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 28, 2015. Lindsey was one of six students to receive a teaching award along with eight doctoral students who received Excellence in Research Awards. Lindsey is from McKinney, Texas, and she received her bachelor’s in animal science in 2008 and master’s in meat science in 2010, both from the University of… Read More →

Students participate in American Meat Science Association Student Leadership Conference

The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) Student Membership Board of Directors announced that 86 students from 13 universities attended the AMSA 2015 Student Leadership Conference in Springdale, Arkansas on March 13-14, 2015. Texas A&M University students who participated included Michael Berto, Courtney Boykin, Clay Eastwood, Hillary Henderson, Helen Kline, and Michael Yeater. Students began Friday morning, March 13, with tours of the Cryovac and a Tyson poultry processing plant. After the tours, students headed over to the Tyson Discovery Center where Tyson’s food technologists and chefs shared their… Read More →