Category Archives: Graduate Students

Meat Science presentation at Aggie Mom Camp

Meat Science faculty, Davey Griffin, Ray Riley, and Jeff Savell, and undergraduate students, Libby Schneider and Jazmin Guerra, gave a presentation and demonstration about the Meat Science program to the Aggie Mom Camp on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the AgriLife Center at Texas A&M University. Topics covered included the history of meat science, the teaching activities including the meat judging program, ANSC 307, Meats, and ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue, research activities including graduate student training, the Extension activities including programs such as Beef 101, Pork 101, Camp… Read More →

Clay Eastwood receives Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Graduate Student Teaching

Clay Eastwood received the Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Graduate Student Teaching at a ceremony at the AgriLife Center on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. This award recognizes graduate students for their outstanding contribution to the undergraduate teaching program at Texas A&M University. Clay has been recognized many times for her outstanding teaching. Most recently, she received the Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Graduate Teaching in 2016. Clay was honored with the Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2014, Clay received… Read More →

Texas Association of Meat Processors 31st Annual Convention

The Texas Association of Meat Processors (TAMP) held their 31st annual convention in College Station, August 10-12, 2017.  TAMP members are primarily the small and very small meat plants around Texas and their associated suppliers. Dr. Davey Griffin, professor and Extension Meat Specialist serves as the director of the association through a cooperative agreement with the Department of Animal Science and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The association holds its annual convention in College Station every-other-year to have an opportunity to learn from the Texas A&M University… Read More →

Papers presented at ICoMST 2017 in Cork, Ireland

Rhonda Miller, Gordon Carstens, Hannah Laird, Clay Eastwood, and Jeff Savell of the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University participated in and presented papers at the 63rd International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST), which was held in Cork, Ireland on August 13-18, 2017. Carstens presented his paper during the oral sessions and the rest of the papers were presented during the posters sessions. Miller also served as a panelist during the wrap-up session on the last day of the conference. Approximately 450 attendees from… Read More →

Meat Science Quiz Bowl Team claims Reserve Champion title

The Texas A&M University Meat Science Quiz Bowl Team claimed the Reserve Champion title at the American Meat Science Association Reciprocal Meat Conference held on Sunday, June 18, 2017 at Texas A&M University, College Station. Two teams were entered with one of them making it to the finals before elimination by the eventual champion, Iowa State University. This year’s competition had the most teams ever entered since the beginning of quiz bowl in the early 2000s. Team members were Chelsea Cortez, Catherine Guillotte, Brogan Horton, Anna Schmidt, Ty… Read More →

Students participate in Southwest Meat Association Annual Convention

A number of undergraduate and graduate students from the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University participated in the Southwest Meat Association Annual Convention and Suppliers Showcase held at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, Texas, July 19 to 22, 2017. Kirby Bohls and Jill Jobe served as student assistants for the convention. Faculty members Ray Riley, Davey Griffin, Leslie Frenzel, and Jeff Savell also were at the convention. All of the students helped represent the department at the Suppliers Showcase answering questions about… Read More →

Clay Eastwood receives SMIKids graduate scholarship for 2017-2018

Clay Eastwood, a Meat Science graduate student from New Braunfels, Texas, is this year’s graduate recipient of the SMIKids Scholarship. Clay was presented the scholarship at the 61st Annual Southwest Meat Association Convention and Supplier’s Showcase held at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort, San Antonio, Texas on July 19-22, 2017. 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. Clay received both her Bachelor’s degree (2011) and Master’s degree (2014) in Animal… Read More →

Students receive Bob Ondrusek Memorial, SMA Hall of Honor, and SMA Foundation Scholarships

Twenty-one students from Texas A&M University were the beneficiaries of three different scholarships presented by the Southwest Meat Association at its annual convention: the Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship, the SMA Hall of Honor Scholarship, and the SMA Foundation Scholarship. These scholarships were presented at the Chairman’s Dinner and Dance on July 22, 2017 at the Southwest Meat Association’s 61st Annual Convention and Supplier’s Showcase held at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort, San Antonio, Texas. The Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship, which was begun in 2000 by the SMA… Read More →

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 →