Six Penn State Animal Science students receive internship awards

Posted: November 2, 2015

Six Animal Science students were among the ten students who received the College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society's 2015 Internship Awards.

Six Animal Science students have been selected as College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society 2015 Internship Award winners. The award, which includes a $1,000 stipend, was established to encourage students to participate in a credit or noncredit educational internship program that relates to their field of study.

The six students are:

* Michelle Hartzell, daughter of George and Kathleen Hartzell, Slippery Rock. Hartzell was a Division of Neonatology intern at the Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. During her time there, she shadowed attending physicians, observed clinical cases and read manuscripts from pediatric research journals. She also conducted an individual research project that developed an animal model for apnea of prematurity, a common respiratory disorder seen in 85 percent of premature infants. A graduate of Slippery Rock High School, Hartzell is a Schreyer Honors College scholar graduating in May 2016. She hopes to go on to medical school to become a physician, with the goal to eventually specialize in pediatrics.

* Carly King, daughter of Scott King and Anna Backus King, Chagrin Falls, Ohio. King was a dairy analysis intern at Witmer's Feed and Grain in Columbiana, Ohio, during the summer and traveled to 38 farms in three states to gather data on 4,000 heifers. She then used the data to prepare financial and grain reports on how much a heifer costs a producer throughout the various stages of its life. A graduate of Gilmour Academy, King said she enjoyed the internship because it gave her an opportunity to explore the dairy industry, in which she had no previous experience.

* Hannah Lux, daughter of Robert Lux and Carol Parssinen, Langhorne. Lux was a barn technician at Country View Family Farms' New Hope Farm, a sow farm in Franklin County where she gained hands-on farming experience in the breeding and farrowing department and conducted a formal research project with a fellow intern. A graduate of Neshaminy High School, Lux is involved in the Penn State Reproduction Research Team and the Block and Bridle Club. She currently is working on a research project studying rumination collars on dairy cows. Her career goal is to become a large-animal veterinarian.

* Elizabeth Palmer, daughter of William and Susan Palmer, Bernville. Palmer was a laboratory technician at the United States Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska. She conducted research projects and presented her findings with fellow interns from around the country. The research sought to identify and solve various problems prevalent in agriculture. A graduate of Tulpehocken High School, Palmer is the president of the Penn State Block and Bridle Club, the industry and legislative chair of the Collegiate Cattlewomen club, a member of the Gamma Sigma Delta honorary animal science fraternity and the Delta Theta Sigma social and professional fraternity. She works in a research lab at Penn State and is a member of the Southeast Cattleman's Organization and the American National Cattlewomen's Association.

* Caitlyn Pool, daughter of David and Martha Pool, Robesonia. Pool was a member relations intern for Land O'Lakes in Carlisle. She visited dairy farms across the Eastern milkshed to learn about milk inspection protocols and quality controls while inspecting dairy equipment on farms. She used that information to develop standard operating procedures for conducting milk inspections. A graduate of Conrad Weiser Area High School, Pool is a member of the Penn State Dairy Science Club, the Block and Bridle Club and the Collegiate Cattlewomen club. She is active in her home county's Holstein Club and the Dairy Princess Promotion Program.

* Amelia Rogus, daughter of Bob McElwee and Jayne Rogus, Jamison. Rogus, who hopes to become a large-animal veterinarian, interned at the Vista Grande Farms dairy farm in Fleetwood. She gained hands-on experience in all areas of farm maintenance, such as milking twice daily, cleaning out the stalls and monitoring the breeding heifers. A graduate of Central Bucks High School East, Rogus is a Schreyer Honors College scholar and is an officer for the Penn State Equine Research Team. She works at a dairy nutrition lab on campus and is a teaching assistant for an equine science class.

The four other College of Agricultural Sciences students who received the Alumni Society internships, were: Devon Carrol, a turfgrass science major from Thornhurst; Olivia Murphy-Sweet, an agricultural and extension education major from Mechanicsburg; Miranda Kane, an agricultural and extension education major from Elverson; and Arianna De Reus, a community, environment, and development major from Hollidaysburg.

Naomi Knaub, the college's director of alumni relations, said, "Internships provide important on-the-job learning and networking opportunities that give students a leg up in today's competitive job market. The Alumni Society is pleased to provide support and encouragement to students seeking these real-world experiences as we recognize the award winners for their excellent internship performance."

Internship Award winners are chosen on the basis of an internship plan, a final report, an employer evaluation, and a letter of recommendation from their academic advisor.