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  • Animal Science
  • Animals

The Chobani Scholars Program supports students who have a broad set of agricultural interests, including food and agricultural innovation. Each year since 2019, the program has selected four College of Agriculture and Life Sciences undergraduate students from New York as Chobani scholars; they receive $20,000 scholarships ($5,000 per year). Below, one of this year’s recipients, Alanah Harris ’27, an animal science major from Niagara Falls, New York, discusses how the scholarship is helping her achieve her goals.

Why did you choose Cornell CALS?

I chose Cornell really because I wanted to be where I thought I would get the best education. During my college research, I specifically looked for the best veterinary schools. Sure, I have not graduated yet to apply to veterinary schools, but I wanted to go where I would be challenged intellectually as well as gain experience. Cornell CALS also has the best animal science program.

Looking back over your freshman year at CALS, which classes or experiences were most meaningful?

I would have to say one of the more meaningful classes I took here was ANSC 1130, Introduction to Captive Raptor Husbandry. Honestly, that set my foundation in this school because I found a new love for raptors. It allowed me to be a part of the Raptor Program, which I am a part of to this day. I’ve never been aware of raptors being rehabilitated, and it is very exciting to work alongside these lovely people as well!

What kind of research are you interested in?

I am interested in studying anything related to genetics or diseases. I would like to join Heather Huson’s Odyssey DNA Lab, which focuses on the genetics of sled dogs. But, I am still looking for anything that is related to microbiology or diseases.

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