Brian Patterson


Graduate Student
Iowa State University
Advisor: Dr.Elisabeth Huff-Lonergan

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Why do you want to be on the AMSA Student Membership Board of Directors and what qualifications make you the best candidate for the position?

The American Meat Science Association and its student board is an outstanding organization which has had an impact on countless students and industry professionals by providing them the opportunity to develop themselves through its educational programs, networking opportunities, and through the Reciprocal Meat Conference. The U.S. meat industry would not be what it is today without the AMSA and its efforts. With this in mind, I feel that serving on the AMSA Student Board would be an honor, as well as an opportunity to give back to an organization that has done so much for myself and countless others.

I feel I am qualified to serve on the AMSA Student Board for many reasons. I have been a student member of the American Meat Science Association since 2014 when I joined through participation in the intercollegiate meat judging program. I have participated in two Reciprocal Meat Conferences and received the AMSA Undergraduate Achievement Award in 2016. Through my undergraduate career, I served as Meats Interest Group President for the ISU Block and Bridle Club, vice president of the Block and Bridle Club, and participated on the ISU Meat Science Quizbowl Team for two years. I have also been an active member of the ISU Meat Science Club since 2014 and am currently serving as the club’s treasurer. I have participated in two summer internships with Tyson Foods and one with Burke Corporation, a subsidiary of Hormel Foods.

If given the opportunity to serve as Midwest Director on the AMSA Student Board of Directors I would relish the opportunity to aide in the board’s purpose in creating opportunities for fostering professional development, cultivating leadership, promoting camaraderie, and perpetuating knowledge among the AMSA student membership, while encouraging students to join our organization.


What does your AMSA membership mean to you?

In my mind, my American Meat Science Association membership is an opportunity. Through its programs, the AMSA offers innumerable opportunities to its members to improve themselves. Whether it be through preparing students for future careers in meat science, offering the chance for industry members to further educate themselves, or facilitating networking opportunities between industry members, students, and university faculty, the AMSA strives to provide its members with opportunities to better themselves.  

I have benefited from the opportunities of my AMSA membership many times. In the future, I hope to continue to enjoy the opportunities my membership offers and will encourage other students to do the same. Through taking advantage of the opportunities offered to us through AMSA membership, we can be better prepared for a future in meat science.

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