News and Announcements

Claire Mindus Wins U of G 3MT Competition

Congratulations to Claire Mindus (Animal Biosciences and Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare) on being named the winner of the 2021 3MT® U of G Competition! Claire was also the recipient of the Community Choice Award at this year's event. She will now go on to represent Guelph in a provincial showcase this summer. 

Dr. Trevor DeVries Recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Dairy Research

Dr. Trevor DeVries, a Professor in ABSc and Canada Research Chair in Dairy Cattle Welfare and Behavior, was announced as the recipient of the 2021 Nutrition Professionals Inc. Applied Dairy Nutrition Award to be handed out at the  ADSA (American Dairy Science Association) Annual Meeting this July. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in research, teaching and extension in the dairy industry.

Department EDI Survey Closing May 28th!

Just a quick reminder that the EDI Survey will be closing this Friday, May 28th (please check your email for links and access codes). If you haven't completed it yet we are hoping you can find a few minutes (~10 minutes) to complete the survey as it will provide the EDI committee with valuable insights moving forward. For more information about the committee and survey, please see the information below from a previous ABSc News post.

OAC Undergraduate Awards Deadline Extended

The OAC undergraduate awards deadline has been extended to Monday May 31st 11:59pm. A full list of the available awards can be found here.
The Application Form for Fall 2021 can be found at: and applicants will be notified through email of awards decisions by the end of September. No supplemental documents are required.

Graduate Student Receives Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) Scholarship

Brandon Van Soest, a PhD candidate working with Dr. Trevor DeVries, has been awarded the Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) doctoral scholarship. Valued at $105,000 over 3 years, the scholarship will support Von Soest while he is carrying out research into the nutritional management of robot-milked cows. More information about Brandon and his research can be found on page 41 of the May 2021 issue of Milk Producer


ABSC GSC Spring Hobbie Series

The Animal Biosciences Graduate Student Council invites you to participate in a FREE Spring Hobbie Series. This event will consist of three guided workshops, each building off the last activity. However, you may choose to attend only the ones that interest you! 

Spring Hobbie Series Line-up: 

1st Event: June 2nd at 12:30 PM 

Welcome Stephanie Kears!

ABSc would like to extend a warm welcome to Stephanie Kears, our newest staff colleague in the admin team. Stephanie graduated at the University of Waterloo and had a number of very successful co-op terms, including some in an university environment at UofWaterloo. She also worked outside the university. With the experience and skills that she has accumulated in her previous roles, with her positive attitude, initiative and very good work ethics, she will be a great addition to our team.

Welcome Stephanie!

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