The Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Foundation (BCIF) recently awarded a graduate fellowship to an outstanding young person at the Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association Annual Meeting and Awards Program held recently in conjunction with the 69th Annual Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Convention in Huntsville.
The Alabama BCIF was excited to offer an undergraduate scholarship and a graduate fellowship opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in land-grant universities within colleges of agriculture. Alabama BCIF issued the call for interested undergraduate and graduate students to submit an application and supply an official transcript to apply for the offered undergraduate scholarship and graduate fellowship.
The 2012 Alabama BCIF Graduate Fellowship was awarded to Staci L. DeGeer, a doctoral student in meat science and food safety within the Auburn University Animal Sciences Department, under the direction of Christy L. Bratcher. A native of Erie, Kan., Staci holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from Kansas State University in food science and industry. Staci was raised on a Gelbvieh and Balancer seedstock operation and was actively involved in both the Kansas Gelbvieh Junior Association and the American Junior Gelbvieh Association, holding numerous leadership positions.
Being self-proclaimed as “raised in a barn,” Staci has maintained involvement with the cattle industry and maintains a small herd managed within her family’s seedstock operation. She has also gained much hands-on experience working as a microbiology specialist, a teaching assistant, a research assistant and numerous internships. She has also studied abroad in tours to both Italy and Australia.
Staci’s goals after completion of her doctoral degree are to help shape the future by educating future meat scientists and food safety experts as a college professor and to continue to lead research in food safety to improve our food supply.
The Alabama BCIF is a non-profit foundation established in 2007. Its mission is to educate and facilitate the utilization of performance principles for the cattle industry. The Alabama BCIF provides a vehicle for individuals to make tax deductible contributions to support beef cattle performance educational programs, research, and activities.