Joseph P. Fontenot Travel Scholarship Award
Univeristy: Texas A&M University
Section Awarded: National
Audrey Earnhardt, Joseph P. Fontenot Travel Scholarship Award
Sponsored by: Joseph P. Fontenot Appreciation Club
Audrey L. Earnhardt received her B.S. in Animal Science, minoring in Genetics, from North Carolina State University in 2017, where her work as an undergraduate research assistant led to her interest in research and academia. She then worked as a Research Intern for Smithfield Premium Genetics while completing her M.S. in Animal Science at North Carolina State University under the direction of Dr. Mark Knauer, where her research focused on the genetics of functional teats in swine. Her Masters research helped her develop a fascination in physiological genetics. Thus, she is currently working with Dr. Thomas Welsh and Dr. Ron Randel as a Graduate Research Assistant and Ph.D. student in Physiology of Reproduction within the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, where she is the recipient of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Excellence Fellowship. In addition to serving as a TA for the undergraduate reproductive physiology course in the department she is also the Treasurer for the Texas A&M Animal Science Graduate Student Association. Her doctoral research focuses on the physiological genomics of stress and the immune system in Brahman cattle, as well as determining the significance of a sire effect on the age at first calving in Brahman heifers.