LEADERS Program :: Learning, Enhancing & Developing Experiential Research Skills
LEADERS Program :: Learning, Enhancing & Developing Experiential Research Skills
LEADERS Program :: Learning, Enhancing & Developing Experiential Research Skills
LEADERS Program :: Learning, Enhancing & Developing Experiential Research Skills
LEADERS Program :: Learning, Enhancing & Developing Experiential Research Skills
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  NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS  
     
  Samantha Gutierrez (BS) •  Research Advisor: Dr. Clint Loest
I am an undergraduate (sophomore) student majoring in Animal Science at New Mexico State University. Ever since I was a little girl I always loved animals.  My passion is to work with animals and have an impact on their well-being.

Project Summary:
Project title is: "Utilization of capsaicin in ruminant diets." Previous research demonstrated that a small dose of capsaicin given to septic rats decreased their inflammatory cytokine concentrations. The objective of this project is to evaluate the effects of capsaicin on inflammatory and other health responses of stressed calves.
 
     
  Francesca Melgar (BS) • Research Advisor: Dr. Shanna Ivey
I am an undergraduate perusing a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science with an Equine emphasis at New Mexico State University. Currently I am working as a Lab Assistant gaining knowledge and experience in the Nutrition Lab. If I am not studying or working, you can find me out at the barn messing around with my horses.

Project Summary:
Project title is: "Evaluation of titanium dioxide as a digestibility marker for horses." The objective of this project is to compare total fecal output determined by fecal collection harnesses to titanium dioxide recovery in horses. The project will also compare total fecal output to recovery of chromic oxide in horses, and then compare the recovery of titanium dioxide to chromic oxide. 
 
     
  Nicole Rodriguez (BS) • Research Advisor: Dr. Eric Scholljegerdes
I am currently completing a Bachelor’s degree of Animal Science at New Mexico State University. I grew up in Rio Rancho, which is just outside of Albuquerque, NM. I have always enjoyed working with animals and would like to pursue a career in the animal science industry. Through the LEADERS program I would like to earn experience that will be beneficial to both my education and future career. Skills and knowledge gained through this program will help prepare me for possibly pursuing a future Master’s degree.

Project Summary:
Considerable research is being conducted using micro-algae for the production of biofuels due to its high fat content. In some cases, this algae is not of high enough quality for the production of biofuels, therefore, it is important to determine what other uses are feasible for this product.  We feel that it may be suitable for use in supplements for livestock. Therefore, my research is focused on the ruminal metabolism of fatty acids from micro-algae.  In particular, I am assessing the effects of various dietary inclusion levels of micro-algae on ruminal biohydrogenation.  We are using four ruminally and duodenally cannulated heifers in a 4 x 4 Latin Square experiment.  I am currently collecting duodenal digesta and will prepare these samples for fatty acid analysis using a gas chromatograph.  This data will be presented at the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science annual meeting undergraduate research competition held in the summer of 2014 in San Angelo, TX.
 
     
  Margaret Garcia (MS) • Research Advisor: Dr. Eric Scholljegerdes
I was born and raised in the small town of Clayton, New Mexico.  My life growing up in Clayton, and still today is heavily spent on our family’s ranch. During high school I worked at the Clayton Veterinary Clinic, it was here that had helped me make my decision what I wanted to pursue in college. I went to college in Tucumcari for 2 years and later transferred to Oklahoma Panhandle State University, where I finished my bachelor’s in Animal Science.  I am currently a grad student at New Mexico State University obtaining my master’s Animal Nutrition. My hopes are to continue my education to a PhD level.

Project summary:
My thesis research is focused on mineral status of newly received feedlot cattle.  Specifically, I am assessing the impact of trace mineral level and source on liver mineral status.  Additionally, I am also investigating the impact of mineral source and level has on calf health in the feedlot.
 
     
  Monica Salazar (MS) • Research Advisor: Dr. Ryan Ashley
I am from El Paso, Texas. For six years I played the clarinet in concert and marching band from 6th grade until I graduated from Canutillo High School in May of 2009. I also participated in Cross Country and Track throughout my high school years. In the fall of 2009 I started my Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at New Mexico State University. Two years later, I began working for Dr. Amanda K. Ashley in the Center for Food Safety and Biosecurity in a laboratory setting. I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science with an Equine Emphasis and minor in Chemistry in May of 2013. Currently, I am a graduate student, working towards a Master’s of Animal Science while working for Dr. Ryan L. Ashley in reproductive physiology.

Project summary:
Project title is: "Elucidating the Functions of Membrane Progesterone Receptors." Her research focus is defining the functions of membrane progesterone receptors (MPRs) in normal and compromised pregnancies, as well as their roles in breast cancer. These receptors are unique as they are structurally distinct from the classic nuclear progesterone receptors and have different physiological functions. As such, MPRs add to the intricate mechanisms by which progesterone elicits biological actions in normal and disease states. Because progesterone is absolutely required to maintain pregnancies in mammals, Monica is using a variety of molecular techniques and cell lines to determine signaling pathways for MPRs to advance understanding of their functions during pregnancy, particularly implantation of trophoblast cells into maternal endometrium and subsequent development of the placenta.
 
     
  TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY STUDENTS  
     
  Adrian Coronado (BS) • Research Advisor: Dr. Kim McCuistion
As a child I have always had a great interest in agriculture and the production of livestock. I choose Texas A&M University-Kingsville to further continue my interest in agriculture by obtaining a bachelors in Animal Science. Currently a junior now, I have had many outstanding experiences from traveling to Washington D.C to visit the USDA building to the panhandle of Texas experiencing firsthand how our industry functions. I have also had the privilege to learn proper research method skills as well as proper scientific writing skills by working in close proximity with Dr. McCuistion in her ruminant nutrition lab. Through the knowledge and experience I have gained in my undergraduate studies, I plan to further pursue my education by obtaining a master in Nutrition.

Project summary:
Project title is: "Inoculant Treatment to Enhance Forage Sorghum Silage Digestibility"
 
 

 

 
  Rita Flores (MS) • Research Advisor: Dr. Michelle Garcia
I am a graduate student in the college of Animal, Rangeland and Wildlife Science. My focus of study is in reproductive physiology.

Project summary:
Project title is: "The effect of adiponectin on angiogenic factors in early luteal development."
 
     
  Viviana Garza (BS) • Research Advisor: Dr. Michelle Garcia
I am a junior at Texas A&M University Kingsville. I enjoy being outdoors and spending time with livestock. I do research on pigs but also enjoy caring for our goats at the farm. In the future I would like to do research and am interested in cloning. I would also like to do research for an animal health company. 

Project summary:
Project title is: " The effects of plant extracted tannins on porcine adipocytes."

 

 

 
     
  Gerardo Vela (BS) • Research Advisor: Dr. Tanner Machado
I am originally from Laredo, Texas.  My long term goals include working as a large animal veterinarian servicing Laredo and South Texas.

Project summary:
Project title is: "Determining if inclusion of beef and pork adipose into ground nilgai alters cooked patty color, yield and dimension."
 
     
  Clarissa Guerrero (BS) • Research Advisor: Dr. Kim McCuistion

Project summary:
Strategic supplementation: How forage quality and quantity impact supplementation decisions
 
     
  Adrian Arellano • Research Advisor: Dr. Michelle Garcia

My hometown is Harlingen Tx. I am 25 years old and am a first generation college student. I graduated in Dec., 2012 with a bachelors in Animal Science and am now pursuing a masters in Animal Science, Reproductive Physiology.

Project summary:
Leptin's effect on the development of the corpus luteum through vascularization. View article.
 
     
Kim McCuistion • Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Phone: 361-593-3690 • Email: kim.mccuistion@tamuk.edu
Clint Loest • New Mexico State University
Phone: 575-646-1714 • Email: cloest@ad.nmsu.edu
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