International Stockmen's Educational Foundation

Dr. Rebecca Bott

Degrees earned: B.S. University of Missouri - Columbia
M.S. University of Nebraska- Lincoln, Ph.D. Colorado State University

Company/University: South Dakota State University

Job title: Assistant Professor, Equine Extension Specialist

Address: Brookings, South Dakota, USA


            ISEF Fellowship Recipient in 2005

Dr. Bott joined the SDSU faculty in the Department of Animal and Range Science as an Assistant Professor in Equine Management in January of 2009.  She was born in California and grew up in Chesterfield, Missouri.  Rebecca received her B.S. from the University of Missouri-Columbia, her M.S. from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Ph.D. from Colorado State University.  Her research emphasis was in reproductive physiology using a variety of animals as her models.  She addresses the equine industry in her teaching, extension and research appointments.

Rebecca has always had a passion for teaching and has taught or guest lectured at four Universities.  Currently, Rebecca is responsible for teaching a number of equine related classes at SDSU, contributing to equine related research, and also for working with the SD horse industry in her Extension position.  Rebecca places great value on teaching and scholarship both inside and out of the classroom while addressing the needs of the industry.  She believes that a strong equine science program will expose students to the myriad of sciences, disciplines and issues facing the industry in a scholastic setting that incorporates experiential learning to supplement classroom topics.  Furthermore, she believes that coordinated efforts should propagate these topics to the equine producer.

She plans to further develop the curriculum for the minor in equine science, while increasing recruitment to and enrollment in the program.  These efforts will include fundraising for new scholarships and developing an equine newsletter to highlight student campus activities, SD youth programs, state producers and research development. 

Dr. Mitchell Bowling

Degrees earned: B.S. Texas A&M University, M.S. Colorado State University,
Ph.D. Colorado State University

Company/University: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, Office of Scientific and Technical Affairs, Animal Division

Job title: International Trade Specialist

Address: Washington D.C., USA


ISEF Fellowship Recipient in 2004

Dr. Bowling was born in Fort Collins, CO and grew up all over the United States prior to beginning his undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University. While at Texas A&M University, Mitchell participated in the Corps of Cadets, serving as the Commanding Officer of the 5th Battalion, 1st Regiment, where he was accountable for the training and performance of over 200 future soldiers and citizen-leaders on a daily basis.

Upon completion of his undergraduate degree at Texas A&M, Mitchell began a M.S. degree at the Center for Meat Safety and Quality within the Department of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University. During his M.S. degree, Mitchell studied food safety and animal disease epidemiology. Upon completion of his M.S. degree, he was selected as the United States Meat Export Federation summer intern in Tokyo, Japan. Subsequently, Mitchell continued his education at Colorado State University where he focused his studies on international trade of meat products.

Mitchell completed his Ph.D. at Colorado State University in September of 2009 and is currently employed by the United States Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service, Office of Scientific and Technical Affairs, Animal Division as an International Trade Specialist.




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The International Livestock Congress USA is a unique global event that brings leaders from the livestock and meat industry together to discuss issues of international importance that affect the future of animal agriculture. Events will include a student career workshop, the International Livestock Congress USA, and tours of area plants, feedlots and ranches.

Fellowships include airfare, ground transportation, hotel and scheduled meals. Scholastic achievement, leadership experiences and professional references are all part of the stringent qualifying requirements for this fellowship. 

In an effort to enhance the educational experiences of college students and strengthen the leaders of tomorrow’s livestock and meat industry, the ISEF awards travel fellowships each year for the International Livestock Congress to senior level undergraduates and graduate students attending accredited colleges or universities.

Student Travel Fellowship  Program