ANSC Graduate Student Accolades

2017

Meera Nair was selected to attend the Building Future Faculty Program at North Carolina State University in March.
Meera was selected to received a College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources Student Research Award at the annual awards banquet.
 

+ International Embryo Technology Society Annual Meeting

Ellie Duan was awarded 2nd place in the poster competition.


+ Scholarships for 2016-2017 School Year
 

International Association for Food Protection Student Travel Scholarship
Stephanie Barnes, Ph.D. student

 

2016

+ ASAS/ASDA Joint Annual Meeting
Amanda Jones and Sambhu Pilliai placed second and third respectively in the graduate student oral competition at the ASAS/ASDA Joint Annual Meeting.


+ Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting and Food Expo

Genevieve Flock placed second in the food microbiology division graduate research oral competition.


+ Poultry Science Association Annual Meeting
Abraham Pellissery won first place in the graduate student oral competition in the microbiology and food safety division.
 


Abraham Pellissery at PSA 2016


+ College of Agriculture and Natural Resources CAHNR Graduate Student Research Forum
Animal Science graduate students had a chance to present their current research at the forum.  Students gave oral and poster presentations.  Four Animal Science students won for their oral presentations and one Animal Science student won for her poster presentation.

Congratulations to our ANSC award winners!

Outstanding Oral Presentation Awards

Jingyue Duan, M.S. student 

Meera Nair, Ph.D. student

Sambhu Pillar, Ph.D. student

Varunkumar Bhattaram, Ph.D. student

Outstanding Poster Awards

Yanyan Liu, M.S. student

Yanyan Liu with her winning poster at the CAHRN Grad Student Resarch Forum


+ Scholarships for 2016-2017 School Year

Eastern States Exposition Connecticut Trustee Graduate Student Scholarship

Sarah Kozak, MS student

 

IFT Feeding Tomorrow Graduate Scholarship

Meera Nair, Ph.D. student

 

2015

+ ASAS/ADSA Joint Annual Meeting

Amanda Jones was named one of two graduate direcotrs on the Board of Directors for ASAS.  She also placed second in the oral presenation competition.  Maria Hoffman had her posted selected as a Presidential Pick (1 of 16) for recognition at the awards ceremony.

+Poultry Science Association Annual Meeting

Hsin Bai Yin received first place honors for her oral presentation in the Metabolism and Nutrition: Feed Additives section for graduate students.  Photo below of graduate students and faculty at PSA.


Graduate students with Dr. Michael Darre at PSA 2015

+ Expo Milano

Samantha Fancher was selected to be a student ambassador at the US Pavilion at the world fair Expo Milano. Samantha was chosen as one of the one hundred and twenty students to represent the US out of over one thousand applicants.  The theme of this year's expo is "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life."  Samantha had the chance to meet First Lady Michelle Obama at the expo.

+ IFT Annual Meeting

Meera Nair and Deepti Karumathil student, placed first and third respectively in the Food Microbiology Division Graduate Poster Competition and Shafeekh Muyyarikkandy student, placed third in teh Food Microbiology Division Graduate Oral Presenation Competition.

+ College of Agriculture and Natural Resources CAHNR Graduate Student Research Forum

At the forum, the students had an opportunity to present their research through oral and poster presentations and compete with several departments in the College of Agriculture. Four ANSC graduate students won for their oral presentations and one graduate student won for her poster presentation. 

Congratulations to our ANSC award winners!  

Outstanding Oral Presentation Awards

Samantha Fancher, M.S. student 

Meera Nair, M.S. student

Genevieve Flock, Ph.D. student

Hsin-Bai Yin, Ph.D. student

Outstanding Poster Awards

Kaleigh Flock, M.S. student

ANSC graduate students at the 2015 CAHNR Graduate Research Forum

Kaleigh Flock, ANSC MS Student, with her winning poster

Chi-Hung Chen (left) and Muhammed Muyyarikkandy (right) with their poster presentations.

+ Scholarships for 2015-2016 School Year


Eastern States Exposition Connecticut Trustee Graduate Student Scholarship

Amanda Jones, M.S. student


Jerry Yang Graduate Research Award

Shankumar Mooyottu, Ph.D. student


IFT Feeding Tomorrow Graduate Scholarship

Deepti Karumathil, Ph.D. student

2014

Institute of Food Technologists CFS Exam

Deepti Karumathil, Animal Science Ph.D. student, passed the Certified Food Scientist Exam administered by the IFSCC of Institute of Food Technologists. The CFS program recognizes the scientific knowledge and skills of food scientists around the world. Deepti is the first person from UConn to attain this credential. She received her CFS certificate at the IFT Annual Meeting in New Orleans this past June.

Poultry Science Association's Annual Meeting

Indu Upadhyaya, an Animal Science Ph.D. candidate, was just awarded the prestigious 2014 Maurice Stein Fellowship Award.  She will accept this award after giving a brief thank you speech and presentation regarding her current research at the Poultry Science Association’s Annual Meeting in Corpus Christ, Texas from July 14-17, 2014. This award is given to a senior graduate student whose training and research in applied poultry sciences may lead to improvements in efficiency and profitability of the poultry industry; particularly research that has the potential to have a positive financial impact on the egg industry.  This is a national award given to one person each year and is highly selective – there are 30 to 40 applicants annually.

+ College of Agriculture and Natural Resources CANR Graduate Student Research Forum

Each year the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources sponsors a Research Forum. This event is an opportunity for graduate students to present their research, sharpen their skills and compete for prizes.  Congratulations to the Department of Animal Science Graduate students who were awarded for their stellar work.

Outstanding Oral Presentation Awards

Devi Jaganathan, Ph.D. Student 

Genevieve Flock, Ph.D. Student

Varun Kumar Bhattaram, Ph.D. Student

Outstanding Poster Awards

Zongliang (Carl) Jiang, Ph.D. Student

+ Nutmeg IFT Student Scholarship Awards Night

The objective of the Nutmeg IFT awards program is to increase awareness of food science as a profession, among both students and teachers, and encourage promising young scientists to consider this as a major in college.

Student Night is a wonderful and rewarding opportunity to meet future food scientists, tell them about the profession, and possibly make a difference in their lives.  Congratulations to the Department of Animal Science Graduate students who won the Nutmeg IFT Student Scholarship at the Student Awards Night.  (Photos below...)

Nutmeg IFT Graduate Student Scholarship Awardee

Deepti Prasad Karumathil, Ph.D. Student

Received for her work on 1) Acinetobacter baumannii including her work on reducing its antibiotic resistance using plant derived antimicrobials and 2) her study on the prevalence of antibiotic resistant bacteria in vegetables collected from Farmer's Markets in Connecticut.

L-R: Shankumar Mooyottu (Ph.D. Student), Adbhinav Upadhyay (Post-Doc), Dr. Kumar Venkitanarayanan (ANSC Professor), Genevieve Flock (Ph.D. Student), Indu Upadhyaya (Ph.D. Candidate), Kaylin Belskie (M.S. Student), Dr. Mary Anne Amalaradjou (ANSC Assistant Professor)

2013

+ Scholarships for 2013-2014 School Year

Eastern States Exposition Connecticut Trustee Graduate Student Scholarship

Genevieve Flock, Ph.D. ANSC

Jarvis Products Corporation Scholarship

Kaylin Belskie, M.S. ANSC

Jerry Yang Graduate Research Award

Indu Upadhyaya, Ph.D. ANSC

Jones-Hamilton Co. Graduate Student Travel Grant

Indu Upadhyaya, Ph.D. ANSC

UConn Grad School Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Award

Abhinav Upadhyaya, Ph.D. ANSC

+ Poultry Science Meeting (San Diego, CA)

Best Graduate Student Research Presentation in the Poultry Products Safety Division

Indu Upadhyaya, Ph.D. ANSC

"Reducing eggborne transmission of Salmonella Enteritidis in layer chickens by in-feed supplementation of trans-cinnamaldehyde"

Advisor: Dr. Kumar Venkitanarayanan

Best Graduate Student Research Presentation in the Feed Additives/ Ingredients Division

Hsin-Bai Yin, Ph.D. ANSC

"Effect of carvacrol and trans-cinnamaldehyde on Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus growth and aflatoxin production" 

Advisor: Dr. Kumar Venkitanarayanan

L-R: Dr. Darre (UConn Poultry Extension Specialist), Hsin-Bai Yin (ANSC PhD), Anup Kollanoor Johny (ANSC Post-Doc),

Indu Upadhyaya (ANSC PhD), Dr. Venkitanarayanan (ANSC Food Microbiology Professor)

+ National Animal Science Meetings (Indianapolis, IN)

Oral Presentation Awards 

Joseline Raja, Ph.D. ANSC (1st Place)

“Effects of Poor Maternal Nutrition on Muscle Development in Lambs”  

Advisor: Dr. Sarah Reed  

Maria Hoffman, Ph.D. ANSC (2nd Place)

“Poor maternal nutrition during gestation alters satellite cell number and mRNA expression of genes involved in myogenesis and the somatotropic axis in the muscle of lambs”

Advisor: Dr. Kristen Govoni  

Kristen Peck, Ph.D. ANSC (3rd Place)

“Poor maternal nutrition affects postnatal growth and development of lambs”

Advisor: Dr. Steven Zinn    

2013 Oral Presentation Award Winners

(L-R: Joseline, Maria, and Kristen)

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