Maddison Wiersema (pictured left) is a recent graduate of the Animal Science department. Maddison was awarded the Jones Hamilton Co. Undergraduate Travel Award to present her Science with Practice research conducted under the direction of Dr. Dawn Koltes at the annual poultry science association meeting. She presented her poster was titled “Characterizing gastrointestinal microbial communities from laying hens housed in conventional and aviary housing types” on July 16th.
Krysten Fries-Craft (pictured right) is a graduate student in the Animal Science department. Krysten was awarded a certificate of excellence for her exceptional oral presentation within the Metabolism and Nutrition Feed Additives graduate student competition. Student presentations are scored by two independent judges and this award is presented to the top scoring student within the section. In a historically-competitive section with 24 graduate students, Krysten presented her Master’s research conducted under the direction of Dr. Elizabeth Bobeck, titled “Probiotic supplementation reduces intestinal permeability and alters splenic immune cell populations without altering performance in healthy broilers”.