February 04, 2015

Two students receive Fontenot Travel Award

Kate Sharon (left) and Brittni Littlejohn (right) received Fontenot travel scholarships to the Southern Section Meeting.

Feb. 3, 2015 – The American Society of Animal Science is pleased to announce that Brittni Littlejohn from Texas A&M University, and Kate Sharon from Texas Tech University, are recipients of student travel scholarships to the 2015 ASAS Southern Section Meeting, held Jan. 31-Feb.3, in Atlanta, Ga.

The travel awards are sponsored by the Joseph P. Fontenot Appreciation Club. Since its inception, the Fontenot Appreciation Club has awarded over $15,000 in travel awards. The Fontenot Appreciation Club supports graduate student travel to the ASAS national meetings and to the Southern Section meeting.

Brittni Littlejohn is a native of Longview, Texas, where she was active in 4-H and FFA. Littlejohn completed her B.S. degree in Animal Science and M.S. degree in Physiology of Reproduction at Texas A&M University. Her M.S. research focused on the effects of prenatal transportation stress on postnatal temperament, growth, body composition, and reproduction of Brahman cattle. She studied the effects of prenatal transportation stress on endogenous secretion of cortisol, LH, and testosterone, as well as exogenously-induced secretion of LH and testosterone secretion in sexually mature Brahman bulls. Littlejohn is continuing her research in the Physiology of Reproduction program at Texas A&M University as a doctoral student. Her Ph.D. project focuses on transgenerational influences of prenatal stress on postnatal health and reproduction in Brahman cattle. Her research on prenatal stress targets a topic of practical and biomedical significance to both the livestock industry and human health professions. After completing her Ph.D., Littlejohn plans to pursue a career in academia.

Kate Sharon grew up in southwest Montana. She began college at Montana State University on a rodeo scholarship, graduating with a B.S. in Biology. She continued her master’s degree at Montana State, researching vaccination protocols in calves and receiving cattle. Her M.S. degree was accompanied by an assistant rodeo coaching position with Montana State. Sharon is currently in the second year of her Ph.D. in Animal Sciences at Texas Tech University, in conjunction with the USDA Livestock Issues Research Unit in Lubbock. Her research focuses on nutrition and immune function, specifically in respiratory disease in cattle. After completing her Ph.D., Sharon plans to pursue a career in the health industry.

About the photo: Kate Sharon from Texas Tech University (left) and Brittni Littlejohn from Texas A&M University (right) received travel scholarships to the 2015 Southern Section Meeting from the ASAS Foundation Joseph P. Fontenot Appreciation Club. They are pictured with Dr. Elizabeth Kegley.

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Kim Schoonmaker
American Society of Animal Science
Scientific Communications Associate