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Doctoral student earns animal science honor

NDSU doctoral student Matthew S. Crouse has received the 2018 American Society of Animal Science Wettemann Graduate Scholar in Physiology Award. He was recognized during the society’s annual meeting held in July in Vancouver, Canada.

Crouse began working at NDSU in 2014 as the nutrition research specialist while simultaneously pursuing his master’s degree in ruminant nutrition.

He is now working on his doctorate in nutritional physiology at NDSU under Joel Caton, professor of animal sciences, and Alison Ward, assistant professor of animal sciences. He is investigating the effects of nutrient restriction of beef heifers during the first 50 days of gestation on the fetal transcriptome and epigenome. 

Crouse has written or co-written 11 refereed manuscripts, 18 abstracts, 11 proceedings papers and has given two invited presentations. He received more than $130,000 in grants as principal investigator or co-principal investigator to support his research.

“This is a very prestigious award,” Caton explained. “The American Society of Animal Science has over 6,000 members worldwide and only one student is selected for this award. Please join me in celebrating this big win for Matthew and for NDSU.”

The award recognizes an individual who has shown outstanding achievement as a young scholar working in the research areas of physiology, endocrinology or reproduction. It is sponsored by the Robert Wettemann Appreciation Club.

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