Ways to support Animal Science

Dr. Peter J. Van Soest Memorial Award

The Dr. Peter J. Van Soest Memorial Award is awarded to a graduate student studying rumen function, ruminant metabolism, feed chemistry, or nutritional modeling.

Michael 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 and an interest in sheep.

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.

See the difference

Alumni gift

Holtz family gift supports practical learning for animal science undergrads

Debby and Corwin Holtz '86 look to leave a lasting legacy at Cornell. They hope to help undergraduates gain practical experience through internship opportunities and funding for experiential learning.

Impact stories

Animal Science students awarded for academic excellence & stewardship

Each year, students in the Cornell CALS Department of Animal Science are recognized for their academic performance and contributions to their field of research or the Cornell programs that they are a part of. This year's recipients lead the way toward a bright future for animal-based agriculture and animal science.

Impact stories

Digital agriculture internships spark interdisciplinary insights

Benjamin Yeh ’22 and Celia Walden ’22 have been working with the Cornell Nutrient Management Spear Program, diving into the field of digital agriculture.

Impact stories

Club helps underrepresented animal science students thrive

Discover how Cornell’s Minority Animal Science Students club is encouraging the success of underrepresented minority students inside and outside the classroom. 

Corwin and Debbie Holtz
Tom Overton and Michael Mulqueen
Celia and other interns in corn field
MASS club making posters

How to make your gift


If you are contributing to a specific memorial fund, please make note under the In Honor/Memory Of section.


Please make checks payable to Cornell University and note the Animal Science Excellence Fund along with any memorial fund you wish to direct your gift. Mail payment to:

Cornell University
Box 37334
Boone, IA 50037-0334

Pledge, EFT, Gifts of Stock, Multi-year pledges


Christy Agnese
Director of Development, CALS
cagnese [at] cornell.edu (cagnese[at]cornell[dot]edu)