Hope Voegele is currently a graduate research assistant working towards her Masters in Animal Science, with emphasis in meat science, under Dr. Chris Calkins at the University of Nebraska. Although originally from Texas, Hope had no agriculture background until she became involved with the meat science department during her Bachelors degree from Texas A&M University. While completing her undergraduate work, she became extensively involved in the judging program, receiving the Rachel Hamilton Memorial Award; she also completed undergraduate research, competed on A&M's quiz bowl teams, and worked extensively at TAMU's meat lab including opportunities to work with multiple extension groups. These experiences prompted Hope to pursue her Masters where she is studying the effects of field pea supplementation for cattle on fresh beef quality. While completing her degree, Hope has enjoyed working with AMSA's judging program and coaching UNL's quiz bowl teams. After graduating in December of 2016, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in meat science.