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Zinpro Corporation Sponsors New Young Scholar Recognition Program

Zinpro Corporation Sponsors New Young Scholar Recognition Program

Eden Prairie, Minn. (July 23, 2013) – Two young scientists, Katherine Sharon and Melanie Beckman, were recently honored as recipients of the 2013 Young Scholar Recognition Program award during the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Western Section meetings held in Bozeman, Mont.  As award recipients, they 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 to acknowledge the research accomplishments of current or recent doctoral and master’s degree students. It is also designed to help generate more member participation in the ASAS Western Section by showcasing exceptional and contemporary research of future scientists.

“We congratulate both recipients of the 2013 Young Scholar Recognition Program award for their outstanding achievements in the field of animal science,” says Dr. Terry Ward, Global Director – Research and Nutritional Services, Zinpro Corporation. “We are proud to sponsor this new award in conjunction with the ASAS Western Section. With exceptional young researchers like these joining our industry, we know there is a bright future ahead.”

Sharon received a bachelor’s degree in organismal biology and a master’s degree in animal science from Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont. Her research included two published manuscripts: 1) vaccination protocol in receiving cattle and 2) lysine supplementation and its relationship to respiratory vaccination in neo-natal calves. This fall, Sharon will start a doctoral program focusing on cattle production and immunology at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

Beckman received a bachelor’s degree in equine science from the University of Minnesota-Crookston in Crookston, Minn. She received a master’s degree in ruminant nutrition from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Following completion of her master’s program in 2012, Beckman joined the Research and Nutritional Services team at Zinpro Corporation as a Research Assistant. During her master’s program, Beckman conducted research related to the feeding value of lipid extract algae which is a co-product from the algal biofuels industry.  Her thesis and subsequent manuscripts were some of the first research to document the utility of this co-product in ruminant diets.

To learn more about the Young ScholarRecognition Program, contact the ASAS Western Section.    

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