Simms, Thomas receives MANRRS scholarships; Simms third in poster contest | SehndeWeb



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Tatum Simms, PhD in Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences. candidate, finished third in the Graduate Student Poster Competition.

Tatum Simms and Ivan Thomas represented the University of Alberta’s Minority Section in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Allied Sciences at the organization’s national meeting, and both received scholarships.

Simms was recognized as a ZinPro Fellow and Tatum as an AGCO Foundation Fellow, and each received a MANRRS Gold Fellowship.

ZinPro advances animal health and nutrition, and AGCO is a manufacturer of agricultural machinery, and both sponsor gold scholarships.

Simms and Thomas are both students at Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences. Simms, originally from Port Antonio, Jamaica, is a doctoral candidate in crop, soil and environmental sciences, and Thomas, originally from Lawton, Oklahoma, is a master’s student in animal science.

At the conference, which took place March 23-26 in Jacksonville, Fla., Simms placed third in the nation in the graduate student poster competition. His research topic was “Understanding the Effects of Electrochemically Precipitated Struvite on Phosphorus, Nitrate, and Ammonium Leachate via a Column Leach Study”.

“I felt honored to have been selected as one of 30 graduate students nationwide to receive a MANRRS Gold Scholarship, and to have finished third out of 31 entrants in the Graduate Research Poster Competition is a great achievement for me,” Simms said. “It was also a wonderful experience to meet and dine with ZinPro representatives who sponsored my fellowship; I was particularly impressed with the effort they made to meet and get to know their fellows. The conference was was very informative and filled with activities, including student competitions, professional development workshops, networking opportunities and a large job fair where we were able to meet and connect with university staff and industry, some of whom are themselves minorities in their fields and are eager to serve as role models and mentors for us.”

The MANRRS Gold Scholarship Program awards top-performing students stipends of $1,000 to travel and attend the annual national conference. Selected students are leaders in local chapters and/or participate in one of the MANRRS student competitions. On a competitive basis, select college students who participate in the MANRRS Gold Scholarship also receive up to $1,000 in scholarships. Recipients must specialize in food, agriculture, natural resources or a related field.

“My experience at the conference was spectacular. I was able to meet other people of color who are animal scientists and within the agriculture industry,” Thomas said. “It was an honor to be on stage to receive my scholarship in front of everyone. MANRRS is a great program for those who want to meet more like-minded people in their industries. It also helps the future of farmers by showing young people that you can do whatever you want and the sky is the limit no matter what color you are.”

MANRRS promotes academic and professional advancement by empowering minorities in agricultural sciences and related fields.

About Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences: Bumpers College provides life-changing opportunities to position and prepare graduates who will be leaders in businesses associated with food, family, environment, agriculture, sustainability and quality of life. human life; and who will be first-choice candidates for employers looking for leaders, innovators, decision makers and entrepreneurs. The college is named after Dale Bumpers, a former governor of Arkansas and longtime U.S. senator who propelled the state into national and international agriculture. For more information about Bumpers College, visit our website and follow us on Twitter at @BumpersCollege and Instagram at BumpersCollege.

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