June 23, 2017

WSASAS recognizes Young Scholars


The Western Section ASAS recognized three Young Scholars during the 2017 Western Section Meeting, held this week in Fargo, N.D.

This year’s Ph.D. recipient of the Western Section ASAS Young Scholar Award is Dr. Kendall Samuelson, New Mexico State University and currently a postdoctoral research associate with Texas A&M AgriLife in Amarillo, Texas.

The M.S. recipients of the Western Section ASAS Young Scholar Award include Kelsey Schubach, Oregon State University, and Matthew Crouse, North Dakota State University.

All three Young Scholars gave presentations of their research during the Young Scholar Session on June 22. Samuelson’s abstract is #062. Schubach’s abstract is #063, and Crouse’s abstract is #064. All three abstracts can be found in the online proceedings. The meeting program also can be found online.

The Young Scholar Recognition Program acknowledges accomplishments of current and/or recent Ph.D. and M.S. students in the Western Section of ASAS. Scholars provide an abstract and proceedings paper and give a 30-minute invited presentation about their graduate program at the Western Section Meeting.

More information about the Young Scholars can be found in their bios below:

Kendall Samuelson graduated with a B.S. in Animal Science from California State University in 2010, and completed a M.S. in Animal Science at Angelo State University in 2013. Her graduate work focused on applied solutions for small ruminant producers in the Southwest. In December 2016, Kendall completed her Ph.D. in Animal Science (Ruminant Nutrition) with a minor in Biochemistry at New Mexico State University. Her Ph.D. research focused on the evaluation of nutritional strategies to improve feedlot cattle performance, and on the cultivation of nutritional and management recommendations that can be integrated into the cattle feeding industry. Her specific research interests include protein metabolism, the use of growth-promoting technologies, feedlot cattle management, and stress physiology. During her time as a graduate student at NMSU, Kendall received several graduate student research competition awards. She has also earned numerous honors, most recently receiving the Dean’s Award of Leadership Excellence from NMSU in 2016. She was named Outstanding Graduate Assistant by the NMSU Graduate School in 2015 and was selected as a Texas Cattle Feeders Association Scholar for the last 3 years. Kendall is currently a postdoctoral research associate with Texas A&M AgriLife in Amarillo, Texas. Kendall has authored 2 peer-reviewed manuscripts and served as either an author or co-author on 17 other publications.

Kelsey Schubach received a B.S. in Animal Sciences from Oregon State University (OSU) in 2014. She completed her M.S. degree (Animal Sciences) at OSU in September 2016, and immediately began a Ph.D. program under the supervision of Dr. Reinaldo Cooke. During her M.S. program, Kelsey authored and co-authored 5 journal articles, 2 proceedings papers, and 6 professional meeting abstracts. She contributed significantly to all branches of the Land-Grant system: research, Extension, and teaching. Kelsey assisted Dr. Cooke in his duties as statewide Beef Cattle Specialist, including the Beef Forage Evaluation Program and Extension workshops. Kelsey also served as teaching assistant for undergraduate classes in the Dept. of Animal and Rangeland Sciences. Upon graduation, Kelsey’s goal is to work as a researcher/Extension specialist to use the knowledge she obtained throughout her education to develop strategies that improve the beef production system.


Matthew Crouse

Matthew Crouse is from El Paso, TX. He received his B.S. in Animal Science with an Equine emphasis and a minor in Chemistry from New Mexico State University in 2014. As an undergraduate, he was involved in research projects that stimulated his interest in graduate school. In December 2016, Matthew completed his M.S. in Animal Science, ruminant nutrition emphasis, under the direction of Dr. Joel Caton. His M.S. focused on the “Effects of maternal nutrition on fructose, glucose, and cationic amino acid transporter expression in bovine utero-placental tissues from days 16 to 50 of gestation.” Matthew placed 3rd in the 2014 WSASAS undergraduate poster competition. In the WSASAS graduate student paper competition he placed 3rd in 2015 and 2nd in 2016. Matthew has recently begun his Ph.D. in Animal Science, with an emphasis on nutritional and mechanistic aspects of developmental programming in beef cattle, under the co-direction of Drs. Alison Ward and Joel Caton at NDSU.


Kelsey Schubach