Jill Jobe, a master of science candidate in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, received the ANSC Award for Outstanding MSc Graduate Student, at the Animal Science Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 26, 2018. This is the first year for this award with selection criteria based on evidence of excellence in academics, research, teaching, and service/outreach.
Jill is from Shawnee, Kansas and received her B.S. degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia before she began her graduate program at Texas A&M University working with Drs. Kerri Gehring, Jeff Savell, and Steve Smith. At the University of Missouri-Columbia, she excelled both academically and extracurricularly.
Jill has taught ANSC 307, “Meats,” laboratories and has assisted with lectures in both the regular and honors sections of the class. She has has been very active in the extension programs conducted in the department including Beef 101, Beef 706, Pork 101, Barbecue Summer Camp, Camp Brisket, Creative Sausage Making, and Youth Adventure Program. These activities require both extensive knowledge and dedication to teaching because of the wide range of experiences and interests that the people possess who attend.
Jill’s primary research has focused on insulin sensitivity and metabolism in bovine muscle tissue treated with beta-agonists. This research has required her to work with a wide range of activities and procedures, which has stretched her to learn more than most M.S. students are required to learn. This area is now of such interest that she wants to focus on muscle growth and fat deposition as she moves towards working on a Ph.D. after her masters.
Congratulations to Jill for receiving this wonderful award!