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American Meat Science Association
Educational Foundation Student Scholarship Opportunities

Derico Setyabrata

Setyabrata

The 69th Reciprocal Meat Conference was held in San Angelo, Texas. In this RMC I was very fortunate as I was given an additional support by AMSA. I was awarded with the C. Boyd Ramsey Scholar Award travel scholarship which allowed me to come and participate in more events in the 69th RMC. This support also helps me in fulfilling my goals for this RMC which were to participate in Quiz Bowl and Undergraduate Student Research competition, gained more knowledge through the sessions and network with more people than last year.

The 69th RMC started with the Processed Meat Judging Competition for me. The competition was held on Friday June 17th. It was the first processed meat judging competition held in RMC and was also the first judging competition that I attended. The competition was a really good exposure for me to judging competition. The experience will be a good help for me to be more competitive in the upcoming competition. I also joined the Iron Chef competition this time. It was a really enjoyable event as I was able to work and meet with great people from other universities. I also enjoyed the fact that we were able to play around and be creative using beef tongue. This event provided me the exciting chance to try some uncommon beef cut that I have never tried before. Our product might not win during the event but it was truly a great time for all the participants.

The next two events were one of my main reasons for coming to the conference. On Sunday June 19th I participated in both Undergraduate Student Research Competition and also the Quiz Bowl competition. Both were an absolutely terrific event. For the Quiz Bowl competition, it was the first time for Purdue University to send quiz bowl teams to participate in the competition. Though we were not able to win the competition, it was a good learning experience and a good start for our quiz bowl teams. The Quiz Bowl competition is undoubtedly a fun, exciting and competitive event. I was also really excited to be able to join the Undergraduate ePoster competition. There was a total of 8 undergraduate students competing in the competition. Though it was a competitive event, everyone was really supportive to each other. I was able to obtain the first place for the competition, which definitely made all my hard work for the competition worth it. This experience really did improve my confidence and my excitement for research as I am starting graduate school.

Other than all the competitions, the sessions were also something that I looked forward to. Just as last year, there were numerous interesting sessions that I wanted to attend. Out of all the sessions that I attended, I found the last concurrent sessions discussing about food security as the best sessions that I attended this year. I have always been interested in food security and this session did provide me the chance to actually connect with the correct people that actually have the same interest as me. Since this was actually the second RMC that I attended, it was actually less stressful to talk and network to the other people. I felt that the conversations that I made in the last RMC helped me to actually reconnect and create a bigger network this time.

Overall, this was an amazing and beneficial RMC. All the sessions and events that I attended were excellent and very helpful in updating my knowledge. I attended more events in this RMC which gave me more opportunity to actually network and connect with more people compared to last year. I was also able to participate in both quiz bowl and the Undergraduate Student Research Competition and had a really good result for it. It was a truly satisfying RMC and the experience I obtained will certainly help me in the future. Thank you for the support that the AMSA gave to me to attend this meeting. I am looking forward to attend and gain more knowledge in the next RMC.

 AMSA Scholarship Programs encourage and support graduate and undergraduate education in meat science and muscle biology.                                                                            

 

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2018 AMSA Scholarship Information

Robert Rust Award

Objective

  • Professor Robert Rust, now an emeritus professor at Iowa State, has been an innovating extension meat specialist.  He created technology short courses that were the first university classes offered to the meat processing industry. These became the longest-running series of meat short courses in the United States. He is internationally recognized as a leading authority in meat processing and has contributed to the advancement of meat science through teaching extension, research, and service.  The Robert Rust Award is a scholarship intended to support the efforts of meat science students who are interested in processed meats

Eligibility

  • Interested students who are members or are becoming members of AMSA are encouraged to apply. Competitive applicants should be sophomore or junior level students who have proven interest in processed meats.  Applicants’ Statement of Interest must state interest in meat processing, and provide evidence of that interest in the form of: employment or internships in further processing, course work relating to meat processing or food processing in general (food microbiology, food engineering, etc.), participating in meat processing short courses, conferences or industry trade shows, etc.

Nature of the award

  • One award will be presented in 2018. The award consists of a cash payment of $1300. The recipient will be required to provide a follow-up report that details how the funds were used and details their experiences.

Robert Rust scholarship applications must be received no later than Monday, April 16 by 11:59 p.m. central standard time. Applications must be submitted as one PDF emailed file attachment to scholarships@meatscience.org please use your full name as the title of the PDF and subject line in the email.   If you have questions or need additional information on the program, contact Rachel Adams, at radams@meatscience.org.

AMSA Robert Rust Scholarship Application 2018


Robert Cassens PhD Scholar Award

Objective

  •  Dr. Robert Cassens was a long-time AMSA member and a leader in the meat science community during his distinguished career at the University of Wisconsin. The Robert Cassens Mentor Scholar Award is a non-tuition scholarship intended to: 1) support the efforts of PhD-level graduate students in completing research or communicating their research results at national or international conferences like RMC or ICoMST, and/or: 2) to travel domestically/internationally to do collaborative meat science research or access equipment/techniques unavailable on their campus.  The overall goal is to advance PhD student research and assist in establishing contacts important to their career. 

Eligibility

  •  Interested students who are members or are becoming members of AMSA are encouraged to apply.  Competitive applicants will be PhD students who have: (1) completed at least two years of graduate study, an M.S. degree, or its equivalent on research using fundamental approaches to advance the biochemical understanding of muscle, fresh and/or processed meats, and (2) are advancing their research agenda beyond their home campus, or who are presenting their research at a national or international meeting.

Nature of the award

  • One award will be presented in 2018. The award consists of a cash payment of $1500. The recipient will also be required to provide a follow-up report that details how the funds were used and details of their experiences.

    Applications for the 2018 Robert Cassens PhD Scholar Award are now closed

The Hunter International Travel Award

Objective

  • Dr. Melvin “Hunter” Hunt was a long-time AMSA member and a leader in the meat science community during his distinguished career at Kansas State University. Hunter’s reputation as a top meat color research is well-known throughout the world and his service to the meat industry spans a career of teaching, mentoring and research. He is the primary author of the first version of the Guidelines for Meat Color. The Hunter International Travel Award is a non-tuition scholarship intended to support the efforts of meat science graduate students in communicating their research results at international meetings like ICoMST or other similar researched-based conferences.

Eligibility

  • Interested students who are members or are becoming members of AMSA are encouraged to apply. Competitive applicants will be M.S. or Ph.D. students who have: (1) completed at least one year of graduate study in a MS program or two years of a PhD program on research using fundamental approaches to advance the biochemical understanding of muscle, fresh and/or processed meats, and (2) are presenting their research at an international meeting.

Nature of the award

  • One award will be presented in 2018. The award consists of a cash payment of $2000. The recipient will also be required to provide a follow-up report that details how the funds were used and details of their experiences.
    Applications for the 2018 Hunter International Travel Award are now closed

Kinsman International Award

Objective

  • Dr. Donald M. Kinsman was a long-time AMSA member whose work in meat science research and commitment to international opportunities for students set him apart from his peers.  The objective of this program is to honor the memory and achievements of Dr. Kinsman and promote international collaboration by recognizing an outstanding student member with a financial award in support of international travel.

Eligibility

  • Eligible students must present verification of their plan to travel internationally with primary intent toward meat science education. Appropriate international activities involve the international travel of a student for the primary purpose of meat science education.  (Examples include: study, research, or internship opportunities, as well as attendance at meetings that are international for the student, such as ICoMST or RMC, for the purpose of presenting their research findings.)

In recognition of Dr. Kinsman’s distinguished service in the armed forces, special consideration is given to applicants with military service records.

Nature of the award

  • One award will be presented in 2018. The award consists of a cash payment of $1250. The recipient will also be required to provide a follow-up report that details how the funds were used and details of their experiences.
    Applications for the 2018 Kinsman International Award are now closed

C. Boyd Ramsey RMC Scholar Award

Objective

  •  Dr. C. Boyd Ramsey, Professor Emeritus of Texas Tech University, has a strong reputation for his rigor as a teacher and his precision as a scientist.  He was a mentor and teacher to over 5,000 students in Animal and Meat Science courses during his time at the University of Tennessee and Texas Tech University. This legacy led to the establishment of the C. Boyd Ramsey Mentor Recognition fund which was fully funded in 2014 and allocated to help students attend the RMC.   

Eligibility

  •  Eligible students must meet all eligibility requirements contained herein, and be a current student or entering student at an accredited college or university. Students must also attend the 2018 RMC in order to receive the award.

Nature of the award

  • Four undergraduate and two graduate student awards will be presented in 2018. The award consists of a cash payment of $530. The recipients will also be required to provide a follow-up report that details how the funds were used and details their experiences.

Applications for the 2018 C. Boyd Ramsey RMC Scholar Award are now closed

 

AMSA Student Membership Student Leadership Conference Travel Scholarship

Travel scholarships will be given to a number of universities this year for the Student Leadership Conference (SLC). Each university will be presented with a predetermined travel scholarship at the 2018 SLC to assist with the travel costs of  SLC. The objective of this travel scholarship is to assist universities with students interested in attending the 2018 AMSA Student Leadership Conference March 23-25, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  As a student association it is important to create opportunities to benefit those interested in the meat industry by providing them with educational and networking opportunities. This university travel scholarship is sponsored by the AMSA Student Membership.

Applications for the Student Leadership Conference Scholarship must be received no later than February 23, 2018 11:59pm. Applications must be submitted as one PDF emailed file attachment to scholarships@meatscience.org please use your full name as the title of the PDF and subject line in the email.   If you have questions or need additional information on the program, contact Rachel Adams, at radams@meatscience.org.  

Applications for the 2018 SLC Travel Award are now closed

 

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