About 20 percent of the graduating seniors in the George H. Cook Scholars Program in 2014 are Animal Science majors!
Out of a total of 10 Animal Science seniors in the program this year, seven were mentored by Animal Science faculty while three had advisors outside of the department. The graduating seniors are listed with their advisors, in parentheses): Ashleigh Bruno (Wendie Cohick), Rensa Chen (Dunne Fong, Cell Biology & Neuroscience), Joshua Gilens (Troy Roepke), Anna Hsieh (Troy Roepke), Meghan Ramos (Sarah Ralston), Andrew Reicherter (Liz Sikes, Marine and Coastal Sciences), Marissa Snyder (Troy Roepke), Jamie Hoyeng So (Larry Katz and Susan Becker), Cynthia Willems (Nurgul Fitzgerald, Nutritional Sciences), and Amanda Xue (Ken McKeever). In addition, a Biological Sciences major, Rebecca Rocha, was mentored by an Animal Science faculty member (Andre Pietrzykowski).
As in the past, the Department of Animal Science actively supports the George H. Cook Scholars Program, with many faculty members serving as committee members, project advisors, reviewers and session chairs. Most importantly, with the department’s curriculum emphasis on experiential learning, the Animal Science undergraduates are encouraged to become involved in faculty research. By the time they are rising seniors, many are ready to conduct an independent honors project.
See the following tribute to these 11 students affiliated with the Department of Animal Science and their project titles. Photos of those seniors who defended their theses on April 22 are featured in the 2014 Animal Science G.H. Cook Scholars. Read more about the 2014 George H. Cook Scholars in the SEBS/NJAES Newsroom.