Animal Science Students Win National Championship in Academic Competition

Three Texas Tech students honored by American Meat Science Association for outstanding academics and leadership.

Texas Tech 2009 Meat Academy Quiz Bowl Team

Members of the 2009 Meat Science Academic Quiz Bowl team win Texas Tech's fourth national title at the 62nd Reciprocal Meat Conference.

Texas Tech University’s Meat Science Academic Quiz Bowl team trounced its opponents 65-0 in the final round to become national champions at the 62nd Reciprocal Meat Conference (RMC) in Rogers, Ark.

The Red Raiders dominated 23 other teams that represented the top meat science programs at universities from across the United States. Penn State’s team finished second in the competition. Texas Tech adds to national titles won at the competition in 2003, 2005 and 2007.

Three Texas Tech students also were honored at the opening session by the American Meat Science Association (AMSA) for their outstanding academic achievement and leadership in the meat science industry. Shanna Ward and Paden Daniels both received one of ten AMSA travel awards to waive their cost of attending the conference. Ben Estes received one of ten AMSA academic achievement awards.

2009 Team Members:

  • Matt Bruton, a junior from Throckmorton
  • Cassie Chancey, a May graduate from Satanta, Kan.
  • Collin Corbin, a junior from Webster
  • Tyler Cowie, a senior from Magnolia
  • Paden Daniels, a senior from Athol, Kan.
  • Ben Estes, a May graduate from Hollis, Okla.
  • Kelly Hutton, a junior from Castle Rock, Colo.
  • Meagan Igo, a junior from Plainview
  • Kaleigh Janota, a junior from Gonzales
  • Abby Long, a junior from Boerne
  • Shanna Ward, a senior from Coffeyville, Kan.

The team was coached by meat science graduate student Travis O’Quinn.

RMC is an annual conference sponsored by AMSA which brings together meat scientists and students from academia, industry and government. Texas Tech will host the 63rd RMC June 19-23, 2010 in Lubbock.

The College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences is made up of six departments

The College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences is made up of six departments:

  • Agriculture and Applied Economics
  • Agricultural Education and Communications
  • Animal and Food Science
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Plant and Soil Science
  • Natural Resources Management

The college also consists of eleven research centers and institutes, including the Cotton Economics Research Institute, the International Cotton Research Center and the International Textile Center.

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