Three young scientists, Leticia Camacho, Hannah Cunningham, and Bryan Welly, were recently honored as recipients of the 2014 Young Scholar Recognition Program award. Camacho was honored for her doctoral research, while Cunningham and Welly were honored for their master’s research. These awards were presented in conjunction with the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science (WSASAS) meeting held in San Angelo, Texas. As award recipients, each received a plaque, a monetary award and the opportunity to give an invited talk at the meeting.
Sponsored by Zinpro Corporation, the Young Scholar Recognition Program was established in 2013 to acknowledge the research accomplishments of doctoral and master’s degree students. It was also designed to increase participation in the WSASAS by showcasing exceptional and contemporary research of future scientists.
“We congratulate the three recipients of the 2014 Young Scholar Recognition Program award for their outstanding research achievements,” says Dr. Terry Ward, Global Director – Research and Nutritional Services, Zinpro Corporation. “We are proud to once again sponsor this award, in conjunction with the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science. Outstanding young researchers like these help fuel future innovation and advancements within our industry.”
Doctoral Award Recipient
Leticia Camacho received a bachelor’s degree in agronomy, with an emphasis in zootecnica, from the University of Baja California, located in Baja, Mexico. She earned a master’s degree in animal science, with an emphasis in reproductive physiology, from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M. She recently received her doctoral degree in reproductive physiology from North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D. Her dissertation work focused on the effects of maternal nutrient restriction followed by realignment during early and mid-gestation on uterine and umbilical blood flow and conceptus development in beef cows. Currently, Camacho is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz.
Camacho has been actively participating in research projects since 2002, when she was an undergraduate. Her efforts in research have led to 12 peer reviewed publications (four as first author), 19 proceedings papers, 50 abstracts, and one funded research grant. Upon completion of her postdoctoral training, she plans to secure a research position in either academia or industry.
Master’s Award Recipients
Hannah Cunningham received a bachelor’s degree in biology at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. She completed her master’s thesis in ruminant nutrition this summer at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo. While at the University of Wyoming, Cunningham was a teaching assistant for animal biology, principles of meat science and beef production courses.
Her master’s research investigated the relationship of visceral organ mass, small intestinal vascularity, and nutrient transport in the small intestine with feed efficiency in finishing cattle. Her thesis research focused on discovering mechanisms of the small intestine that may influence metabolic efficiency in order to improve overall feed efficiency. She hopes to conduct research that is not only of value to the scientific community but also research that can positively impact the beef industry.
Bryan Welly received a bachelor’s degree in animal science at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo, Calif. While at Cal Poly, Welly was involved in the beef cattle enterprises and was the manager of Cal Poly’s Bull Test. He earned a master’s degree in genomics at the University of California, Davis.
Applied research that benefits the U.S. beef cattle industry is the motivating force behind his academic career. Welly will be pursuing a doctoral degree from the University of California, Davis. With his doctoral research, he aims to develop and establish the value of a genomic breeding program for a vertically-integrated commercial beef production system. Throughout his career, he plans to help ranchers make genetic advancement within their beef cattle production systems through genomics and breeding program design.