COLLEGE STATION – Lindsey Mehall was one of three graduate students in the Department of Animal Science who were recipients of the 2013 Ronnie L. Edwards Graduate Teaching Award, in recognition of their important contributions as graduate students to the undergraduate student experience. Mehall was presented the award during the department’s Christmas luncheon held Dec. 17 at the AgriLife Center. Members of the Edwards family were in attendance at the award presentation.
The Ronnie L. Edwards Graduate Teaching Award was created in remembrance of Dr. Edwards, who served as associate head for the Department of Animal Science and spent more than two decades working with graduate students. One of his major activities was coordinating the teaching assistantships for the department, helping to ensure the best graduate teachers possible for the courses taught.
Mehall, from McKinney, is seeking a doctorate in animal science working under the direction of Dr. Jeff Savell and Dr. Kerri Harris. She received a bachelor’s in animal science in 2008 and a master’s in meat science in 2010, both from the University of Arkansas.
At Texas A&M, Mehall serves as a graduate teaching/research assistant for ANSC 307, Meats; Honors ANSC 307, Meats, and ANSC 457/657, HACCP. She coached the 2013 Texas A&M University Meat Science Quiz Bowl Team and is the at-large director of the Animal Science Graduate Student Association. In addition, she assists with hands-on educational programs including Pork 101, Beef 101, Beef 706, Zoetis Beef University, Beef Sustainability 101, HEB Boot Camp, and Camp Brisket. Her doctoral research investigates various parameters for controlling the major E. coli pathogens.
“In all of these endeavors, she is solid and dependable. I love watching Lindsey around our undergraduate students. She teaches with such charm and passion that it is difficult not to be drawn in by this. Our students will follow Lindsey wherever she goes! When you see her teaching ratings and comments from our students, you will understand how valuable she is as a teacher and leader of undergraduates in our department,” according to a nomination letter.
The Ronnie L. Edwards Graduate Teaching Award in Animal Science is presented yearly and winners are selected based on nominations and supporting letters from department faculty. For the complete story about the award and remaining recipients, please access Animal Science Monthly.
Source: Animal Science Monthly, Department of Animal Science, Texas A&M University