2008 ISEF Fellowship Recipients
Marina de Nadai Bonin
Marina Bonin of Americana, Sao Paulo, Brazil, attends the University of Sao Paulo in Pirassununga where she is currently pursuing her master’s degree. She attended the University of Maringa where she was selected for the Tutorial Education and Pedagogic Training program. She received a scholarship to pursue her master’s degree at the University of Sao Paulo in Animal Productivity and Quality. In the program, Marina is studying sire line genetic effects on beef quality. She has focused on training for appraisers and classifiers in bovine carcasses and trained in administration for the cattle company at Terra Treinamentos. She has been published extensively and has served as guest lecturer on several occasions. “Having a broad view of American animal production could help companies that trade with the USA to make products better adopted to the American market.” Fellowship generously funded by DuPont Corporation.
Marina de Nadai Bonin's Student Paper.pdf
Helena, Montana is the home of Montana State University junior James Brown. Brown has been extremely active while a student at MSU in Bozeman where he was a “featured student” in MSU’s Fall AgExcellence publication and was selected by the USDA to speak on agricultural marketing programs during the Montana Farm Bill Listening Session. He was named the 2007 Outstanding MSU Sophomore and received the outstanding citizen award from Boys Sate. The winner of numerous scholarships and honors, he is the president of the MSU Agriculture Student Council and received the Wyman E. and Ruth M. Nyquist Meritorious Scholarship in Agriculture in both 2006 and 2007. He plans to purse his master’s degree in Agriculture Economics but his long term goal is to become an executive of a large meat corporation. “Of particular interest is how the health status, meat quality, production practices and marginal costs of production in leading beef producing countries, when combined with changing consumer preferences and disposable income levels, will shape the future of the beef industry.” Fellowship generously funded by Elanco.
James Brown's Student Paper.pdf
Vanessa Corriher of China Grove, North Carolina, attends the University of Georgia at Athens where she is a Ph.D. candidate focusing on ruminant nutrition. She graduated cum laude from North Carolina State University in Raleigh with a B.S. in zoology and received in her master’s degree from UGA in August 2006. She has served as a veterinary technician in two different clinics in the past, but has focused in recent years on her studies. At North Carolina State, she was a member of the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society and was the Matt-Brown Graduate Awards Masters Student Nominee from the Animal and Dairy Science Department in 2006. She has served as a teaching assistant and guest lecturer and has made a number of oral and poster presentations. “As a future contributor to the beef industry and to animal agriculture, it is necessary for students, such as myself, to have an opportunity to interact with national and international leaders to increase our awareness of present day and future issues.” Fellowship generously funded by The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Marketing Services.
Vanessa A Corriher's Student Paper.pdf
Originally from La Plata, Argentina, Nicolas DiLorenzo attends the University of Minnesota where he is a Ph.D. candidate. Describing himself as a “city kid,” DiLorenzo gained an appreciation for animal agriculture and grain production that comprised the way of life on his grandfather’s farm, mainly a beef operation. He pursued his undergraduate studies at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata and then applied to the Minnesota Agricultural Student and Trainer Program, where he was selected to work on a farm in northwest Iowa. He earned his master’s degree at the University of Minnesota in ruminant nutrition. He was the recipient of the 2007 Outstanding Doctoral Student Award and received 1st prize in the graduate research paper competition at the 2007 American Society of Animal Science and Dairy Science Association Midwest branch meeting. “I firmly believe that a more global understanding of the different production systems, culture, marketing and research needs is crucial in order to be a successful key player in current animal agriculture.” Fellowship generously funded by DuPont Corporation.
Nicolas DiLorenzo's Student Paper.pdf
Kelsey Lee of Garden City, Kansas, attends Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, where she is a senior pursuing her bachelor’s degree in animal science. She is a member of Alpha Zeta and was a 2007 American FFA Degree recipient having received her State FFA Degree in Kansas in 2004. She was the reserve champion in communications in the national meat evaluation contest in 2007, and a member of the champion meat judging team at the National Western Stock Show in 2006. She received the OSU Animal Science Alumni Scholarship in 2007, as well as the Glen Dale Cross Memorial Scholarship. She plans to obtain her master’s degree in milling and grain sciences and would like to pursue a career in the food industry in product research and development. She is currently an assistant to the value added meat specialist and the quality management specialist at the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agriculture Processing Center on the OSU campus. Fellowship generously funded by Five Rivers Ranch Cattle Feeding, LLC.
Kelsey Lee's Student Paper.pdf
Fernanda Marcondes de Rezende
Fernanda Marcondes de Rezende is currently pursuing her master’s degree at the University of Sao Paulo. She received a studentship of Scientific Initiation from FAPESP, a science funding agency of the state of Sao Paulo, with the objective to estimate inbreeding and genetics tendencies for performance traits of broilers from the same Agroceres-Ross line. She also contributed articles to Poultry Science, Molecular and Genetics Research e Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Research and Animal Science and was selected for the masters program in Animal Science, area of Animal Quality and Productivity, at Faculdade de Zootecnia e Engenharia de Alimentos/University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, receiving a scholarship from CAPES, a Brazilian federal funding agency. “The development of my expertise about the factors that influence international animal production and the beef supply chain, in a country with enormous differences with Brazil, but the most important player in the market, will help me know the perspectives and opportunities for the professionals of this area.” Fellowship generously funded by the National Meat Association.
Fernanda Marcondes de Rezende's Student Paper.pdf
Peter McGilchrist hails from Wallabadah, New South Wales and attends Murdoch University in South Fremantle, Western Australia, where he is a pursuing his Ph.D. focusing on the physiological responses of beef cattle to selection for muscling and marbling gene markers. He received his Bachelor of Rural Science from the University of New England in Armidale, New South Wales in 2005. Gaining his desire to pursue a career in animal agriculture from his family cattle property, McGilchrist was the coach of Murdoch University Intercollegiate Meat Judging team in 2007 and organizer of the school student educational sessions at the 2006 and 2007 Quirindi Prime Stock exhibition. He has served as a ruminant nutrition consultant in Nanuki, North Kenya, as well as a meat quality consultant in San Jose, Costa Rica. “Australia is so reliant on our major export beef and lamb markets. In order to maintain market share against competing nations, we have to be fully aware of our export market specifications and identify areas of improvement.” Fellowship generously funded by the Australian Agriculture Company.
Peter McGilchrist's Student Paper.pdf
Danae Reed is currently a graduate student at the University of New England in Armidale, New South Wales, Australia, but her passion is for agriculture on a small country property in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia. During her time at the university, she has gained experience on many livestock properties such as Collinsville Merino Stud, and Te Mania Angus. She has also been heavily involved in the Angus Society of Australia. Following her graduation, she accepted a position with the Department of Primary Industries in Victoria as a Practice Change Facilitator in Meat and Wool, where she is responsible for encouraging rural communities to adapt to their changing environment by offering solid technical information about improving their livestock systems and also ensuring that the social aspects of rural communities are considered in major government and community decisions. She was an Angus Youth, Victorian State Representative in 2007 and is currently completing post graduate study in Rural Systems Management, University of Queensland. “My work colleagues have given me so much time and attention over my training in the past two years that I feel this would be a great opportunity to give back.” Fellowship generously funded by Meat & Livestock Australia.
Danae Reed's Student Paper.pdf
Mark Sansom of Mulgrave, Victoria, Australia is an example of how pursuing education can continue a professional career. Currently, a meat trading analyst with G&K O’Connor Pty Ltd in Pakenham, Victoria, Mark is also pursuing his master’s degree at the University of Melbourne. He received his advanced diploma in farm management from Orange Agricultural College in 1999. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including receiving the MINTRAC Upskilling Scholarship Program, a three-year scholarship towards further education and training in the meat industry. He has served as a Beef Cattle Judge at the Sydney Royal Easter Show for the Royal Agricultural Society – Sydney, NSW, Australia, judging Braford, Romagnola, Belted Galloway, Fleckvieh, Braunvieh, Pinzgauer and Galloway breeds. In 2000, he was the Limousin Youth of Australia Representative for the Australian Limousin Breeders Society in Armidale, NSW. “From my initial introduction to international trade in the meat industry, it is evident to me that we must not always consider our neighbors simply as competitors or customers. We are all colleagues in a global context who should be striving for improvement as a collective group (although perhaps easier said than done).” Fellowship generously funded by the Australian Agriculture Company
Mark Sansom's Student Paper.pdf
Holly, Colorado native Whitney Siegfried is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture Communications at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. She attended Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado from 2004-2005, where she majored in agricultural journalism and graduated with honors and an Associate of General Studies. She took the following school year off to serve as a Colorado FFA State Officer, in which she traveled more than 40,000 miles throughout Colorado making a direct impact in the lives of over 4,000 young people. Following her year of service, she transferred to Texas Tech, where she has represented Tech as a media intern at the State Fair of Texas writing news releases and human-interest stories, sending results and pictures to media outlets, and assisted with the State Fair of Texas Livestock Newsletter. She is the winner of numerous scholarships and awards, including the TTU Bennett Scholarship, Brown Ranch Scholarship and the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship. “Agriculture is what I know, and what I have a love for. From my involvement with the industry, I have learned responsibility, hard work, ethics and dedication…qualities that I know I could not have learned elsewhere. As an agriculture communications major, I want to be knowledgeable and informed in as many areas of the agriculture industry as possible. With such knowledge and skill, I can become a well-rounded advocate for this very strong and diverse industry.” Fellowship generously funded by the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.
Whitney Siegfried's Student Paper.pdf
Damien Tanner of Cobargo, New South Wales, Australia, attends the University of Sydney where he is a senior majoring in livestock production. He received the undergraduate scholarship in agriculture and was placed on the Dean’s List of Excellence in academic performance through 2005 to 2007 . He won the A.R. Woodhill Prize for greatest proficiency in entomology and the Belmore Scholarship for the greatest proficiency in soil science and agricultural chemistry. Damien is focusing on animal production at the University of Sydney and has worked at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Canberra researching the characteristics of native pasture grasses. “In my opinion, a broad view and understanding of the livestock industry, not only in Australia but also in other leading agricultural countries such as the United States, is vital to my continued education and for my future career.” Fellowship generously funded by Meat & Livestock Australia.
Damien Tanner's Student Paper.pdf
Watford City, North Dakota native Calli Wold attends North Dakota State University where she is a junior majoring in animal science, but her passion started when she was old enough to carry a grain bucket on her family farm in western North Dakota. She has a prolific list of honors, including the Presidential Academic Awards, Wendy’s Heisman Award and Who’s Who Among Athletes. She received scholarships from the NDSU College of Agriculture as well as the President’s Agriculture Club among many others. She is currently serving as the North Dakota Beef Ambassador where she serves as a spokesperson for the industry. She has also worked with Senator Kent Conrad as in intern serving as an agricultural casework specialist and public service intern. “My experience and dedication not only to the beef industry but to agriculture as a whole has proved I am a devoted person who truly wants to make a difference in tomorrow’s industry.” Fellowship generously funded by Western Feedlots
Calli Jo Wold's Student Paper.pdf