Department Awards and Scholarships

Animal Science Excellence Fund

Gifts to the Animal Science Excellence Fund are used to fund scholarships that are awarded annually in recognition our students' outstanding achievements.

Jerrie Gavalchin Memorial Award

Created in memory of Dr. Jerrie Gavalchin, this award is given annually to a senior majoring in animal science who exhibits service to the department and mentorship of peers.

2021 Recipient

Olivia Wise-Dent


Mike Thonney Memorial Award

Created in memory of Dr. Michael Thonney, this award is given annually to a junior or senior majoring in animal science with a focus on livestock management, preference for interest in sheep.

Leonard A. Maynard Graduate Award

Dr. L.A. Maynard was one of Cornell University’s most distinguished nutritionists. An endowment in his name was established by Drs. Edith S. and Russel A. Rasmussen 1988, to honor graduate students who have a nutrition-related program. Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate program in the Department of Animal Science and selection is based on “outstanding graduate performance.”

2020 Award Winners

Kasey Schalich

Kasey Schalich is a PhD candidate working with Dr. Vimal Selvaraj.  Her research program focuses on methods to more comprehensively characterize the bovine serum proteome as well as to more fully understand colostrum formation in the mammary gland and absorption of IgG by the neonatal calf.

William Myers

Myers is a PhD candidate working with Dr. Joseph McFadden.  His research program focuses on understanding metabolism of choline and trimethylamine-N-oxide in the dairy cow.

Past Recipients

2019 - Ananda Fontoura and Rodrigo Molano
2018 - Amanda Davis and Andrew LaPierre
2017 - Michael Dineen, Niko Kochendoerfer, Sarah Lyons, and Maureen Valentine
2016 - Allison Lawton and Sarah Williams
2015 - Matias Stangaferro, Alessandro Zontini, and Sam Fessenden
2014 - Brittany Sweeney and Marcelo Gutierrez
2013 - Maris McCarthy, Kristen Davis, and Xi Yan
2012 - Ryan Higgs and Kennan McRoberts
2011 - Juliana Huzzey and Jose Ramos Nieves

Charlie Sniffen Graduate Student Award

The Charlie Sniffen Graduate Student Award is a partnership between Kemin Animal Nutrition and Health – North America, Cornell University and William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute honoring the longtime dairy industry research leader. Throughout his career, including his time Cornell University and as a scientific advisor to Kemin, Dr. Sniffen published more than 100 peer-reviewed industry journal articles, over 140 abstracts and more than 400 trade publication articles focused on dairy nutrition.  The award honors students that exemplify Dr. Sniffen’s leadership in conducting and communicating impactful research.

2020 Award Winner

Andrew LaPierre

Andrew LaPierre, a PhD candidate working with Dr. Michael Van Amburgh, has been selected at the 2020 recipient.  LaPierre’s research program focuses on amino acid requirements of lactating dairy cattle, an area of critical importance to the dairy industry.

Past Recipients

2019 - Michael Dineen and Michael Miller, Miner Institute/University of Vermont
2018 - Allison Kerwin, Cornell University
2017 - Rodrigo Molano, Cornell University

CALS Outstanding Teaching Assistants Award

Given annually by CALS, this award recognizes outstanding graduate TA in each of the departments or graduate fields in the college.


2018-2019 - Sarah Lyons and Asha Miles
2017-2018 Christian Posbergh and Sarah LaCount  
2016-2017 - Nikola Kochendoerfer and Brittany Leno  
2015-2016  - Rachel Lemcke and Viju Pillai  
2014-2015  - Lan Tu and Maris McCarthy  
2013-2014 -  Emmaline Long and Claire Stephens  
2012-2013 - Katherine Churchill and Kristen Davis  
2011-2012 - Ranji Singh and Fernando Migone  
2010-2011 - Rick Watters and Kristin Gill  
2009-2010 - Katie Schoenberg and Keenan McRoberts  
2008-2009 - Melanie Soberon and Jeremy Weaver  
2007-2008 - Julie Huzzey and Anne O’Donnell  
2006-2007 - Jose Ramos-Nieves and Mary Ellen Urick  
2005-2006 - Sarah Giesy and Helen Markewich  
2004-2005 - Kevin Harvatine and Dave Kirschten