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.
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.
Charlie Sniffen Graduate Student Award
Dr. Charlie Sniffen’s dedication and enthusiasm for dairy nutrition research inspired Kemin to establish the Charlie Sniffen Graduate Student Award at the Cornell Nutrition Conference in 2016.
Danny G. Fox Graduate Fellowship
Dr. Danny Fox’s 35-year career at Cornell focused on development of data, methods, mathematical models, and computer software to more accurately predict cattle nutrient requirements and nutrients derived from feeds with wide variations in cattle type, environments, and feeds. An endowment was established with leadership from Dwight Roseler, Bill Stone, Ted Perry and Larry Chase, to support a graduate student working in the animal science department the area of Dr. Fox's work.
Faculty and Staff Kudos
Graduate Student Awards
Plant-based alternatives to beef will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions, but they could disrupt the agricultural workforce, threatening more than 1.5 million industry jobs.
Rising temperatures pose major challenges to the dairy industry – a Holstein’s milk production can decline 30 to 70% in warm weather – but a new Cornell-led study has found a nutrition-based solution to restore milk production during heat-stress...
Cornell’s undergraduate Weed Team won first place, while Megan Wittmeyer ’22 earned a top individual award, at the Northeastern Weed Science Society Collegiate Weed Science Contest.
Alumni in the News
Animal Science alum Elana Kriegel has published her honors thesis in the scientific journal Heliyon in collaboration with her mentor Debbie Cherney, and Christian Kiffner. In her time at Cornell, started the Mentoring our Undergraduates (MOU) program, and was elected MOU president as a senior. Elana was also recognized as a Merrill Presidential Scholar. Elana is enrolled at Albany Medical College for the fall of 2021.
“It was an unwritten rule in our famliy that you had to work away from the farm after college, and you had to bring something back that added value to the farm when you did return,” says Emilie Mulligan, owner and herd manager of Mulligan Farm in Avon, New York.
Knowing she ultimately wanted to return to the family farm, but needing to expand her knowledge and vision, Emilie took advantage of several internships at different-sized dairies and with Alta Genetics while studying animal science at Cornell University. After graduation, she worked at a large dairy in Florida and also at nearby Oakfield Corners Dairy, in Oakfield, New York, to continue learning different management styles – of cows and people – before going home.
Photo courtesy American Dairy Association North East