By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern
August 15, 2016 – Mr. Rodrigo da Silva Marques has been named the recipient of the 2016 Young Scholar Award – Ph.D. by the Western Section, American Society of Animal Science (WSASAS) during its annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. Marques also is the recipient of a 2016 Joseph P. Fontenot Appreciation Club Travel Scholarship. Read more about his travel scholarship in this press release.
Mr. Marques is originally from Brazil where he received a B.S. in Animal Sciences from Sao Paulo State University (Unesp-Dracena). After graduating, he worked as a manager of a beef cattle feedlot facility for 2 years. In 2009, Mr. Marques started a M.S. program in Animal Science at University of Sao Paulo- Esalq under supervision of Dr. Flavio Augusto Portela Santos, with his research focusing on feedlot nutritional management to beef cattle. Mr. Marques graduated in July 2011, and immediately moved to Oregon to start a research intern program under Dr. Reinaldo Cooke’s supervision. In 2013, he started a Ph.D. program at Oregon State University with Dr. Cooke, focusing on maternal nutrition of beef cattle and its effects on the offspring performance.
Mr. Marques has already authored and co-authored 18 published articles, as well as 2 book chapters, 9 proceedings papers, 20 professional meeting abstracts, 9 research reports, and 7 popular press articles. In 2014, he received the 1st and 2nd place Applied Animal Research Awards at the Western Section American Society of Animal Science Scientific Meeting. Moreover, in 2015, he received another 2nd place finish. Upon graduation, Mr. Marques’ ultimate goal is to work as a professor/research scientist, and apply the knowledge obtained throughout his education career to develop technologies that enhance beef production system.
The Young Scholar Award – Ph.D. is sponsored by Zinpro.
The WSASAS is a professional organization that serves more than 700 students, animal scientists, and producers in the western region.