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 Arkansas. Lindsey is working on her Ph.D. program in animal science with graduate certificates in meat science and food safety under Dr. Jeff Savell and Dr. Kerri Gehring investigating various parameters for controlling the major E. coli pathogens.
Since her arrival at Texas A&M University, Lindsey has taught ANSC 307, Meats laboratories, which provide students with intensive hands-on learning opportunities combining scientific, technical, and regulatory aspects of this field. Lab instructors must fully understand the complex nature of the conversion of animals into food, and Lindsey has been masterful in teaching students in this area. Lindsey also has assisted with ANSC 457, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Systems coordinating and grading student presentations and assisting them in the design of a food safety program. Lindsey has coached the Meat Science Quiz Bowl Team, which competes in a yearly national contest. She has spent countless hours preparing the team for this competition for two straight years. Lindsey’s skills as an outstanding teacher are further enhanced through her service work with many different Texas A&M AgriLife Extension activities including Beef 101, Beef 706, Pork 101, Barbecue Summer Camp, Camp Brisket, Introductory HACCP Course, and Beyond Basics: HACCP Plan Improvement Workshop.
In 2013, Lindsey received two important graduate student awards. She received the Ronnie L. Edwards Graduate Student Teaching Award, in recognition of her important contributions as a graduate student to the undergraduate student experience, and the Z. L. Carpenter Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Meat Science, which is presented annually to a graduate student who demonstrates outstanding leadership skills and has contributed significantly to the Meat Science section’s teaching, research, and extension activities.