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Auburn University
Agriculture - Animal Sciences
Posted: 02/06/2023
USDA NIFA Animal Sciences Graduate Fellows

Opportunity: Auburn University’s Animal Sciences Department is searching for six exceptionally qualified Master’s degree prospects to participate in a novel professional development program (USDA NIFA grant (#2021-38420-34060) that pushes the envelope on innovation in preparing graduates to meet future food animal production workforce needs. A multidisciplinary team of scientists have created a program framework that prepares graduates with interdisciplinary
knowledge and experience to develop creative solutions to critical challenges to the industry. Through content and experiential modules, students will be cross-trained in disciplinary arenas of regenerative forage-based systems, meat sciences, food safety, Ag STEM and consumer/Industry communication, growth and development,
nutrition, and reproduction. Students will become equipped with leadership, design and systems thinking, discovery and translational research experience to develop
creative solutions to critical challenges to the industry. There will be a particular focus on beef cattle production systems which are environmentally sustainable and
enhances profitability.

Expectations include participation in a programmatic cohort Community of Practice, advanced portfolio of professional development, peer reviewed publications and presentations related to their research; grant proposal development and submission; and professional development. These positions are twelve-month full fellowships that will average 20 hours per week. Some evening and weekend commitments as well as learning tours, Extension activities and brief hands-on learning experiences with industry, corporate partners and AU Research and Extension Centers and animal facilities can be anticipated.

About Auburn University. Located in East Central Alabama, Auburn University with its R1 and Land Grant status has developed into one of the largest universities in the South, positioned in the educational forefront to assist with the changing needs of today while living with a respect for the traditions and spirit that are Auburn.
We have about 31,764 students including 6,385 graduate students. For more information visit our website at https://agriculture.auburn.edu/research/ansc/.

Qualifications: prior to matriculation, applicants must be accepted by the AU Graduate School. Preferred characteristics include the following: U.S. citizenship,
strong undergraduate academic credentials, demonstrated work with animals, involvement in research, effective written and speaking communication skills and
career goals.

Application Process: interested applicants should send a current resume/CV, letter of intent including basis and preferred research interest areas, unofficial copy of
transcripts, and contact information for three references to Dr. Don Mulvaney, NNF Program Director (Anim_Sciences_NNF21@auburn.edu). Review of applicants will begin in spring 2023, including zoom interview and continue until positions are filled.  Selected students will be offered a competitive fellowship stipend and qualify for tuition waiver for up to 24 mo with satisfactory standing and progress toward degree completion. Students interested in one of the specific research program areas affiliated with the NNF program are encouraged to contact area reps: Breeding /Genetics, Dr. W. Diniz (wzd0027@auburn.edu); Nutrition/Forage
Nutrition, Dr. B. Smith (wbs0001@), K. Mullenix (mullemk@), Dr. W. Greene (greenlw@), Dr. L. Dillard (dillasa@); Growth Biology, Dr. T. Brandebourg
(tdb0006@; Meat Sciences, Dr. J. Sawyer (jts0109@), Dr. A. Belk (adb0097@) and Dr. D. Mulvaney (Ag Communications; mulvadr@); Reproduction, Dr. P. Dyce
(pwd0003@); For general information about Graduate Admissions, contact our graduate program coordinator Dr. Paul Dyce (pwd0003@auburn.edu or ANSC department chair, Dr. Wayne Greene (greenlw@auburn.edu).