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Emily Schunke

Emily Schunke

Undergraduate Student
University of Illinois
Advisor: Dr. Daniel Shike

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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?

I would like to serve on the AMSA Student Membership Board of Directors to build connections in the meat science industry, work with other members in this organization, and continue to learn about meat science. While serving on this board I would also be able to represent the AMSA and contribute to this organization in a variety of ways. I believe that I have many qualifications that would make me a good candidate for this position. I have been involved in many student organizations, community activities, and worked many different jobs. Because of this diversity, I feel as though I am a well-rounded individual who would represent the Student Membership Board of Directors in a very professional manner.

First, I believe that time management is vital to serving on any committee. I understand that other members are counting on me to show up on time to meetings and events so they run smoothly and efficiently. Next, I am very responsible and take tasks assigned to me very seriously. I like to have responsibilities given to me because it gives me something to work at. I am also very organized which helps me to get my responsibilities taken care of. I enjoy making lists so I can stay on task and get things done ahead of time. Additionally, I am a very social person and like to meet new people. I stay relaxed and focused at social events so I believe I would excel at Student Membership Board of Directors related events.

What does your AMSA membership mean to you?

Being a student member of the American Meat Science Association has provided me with meat judging opportunities and a source for meat science information. I constantly check my emails and am excited when I get new information from the AMSA. My family did not come from production agriculture backgrounds, so a lot of information that I have acquired has been through schooling or doing my own research. The student resource corner on the AMSA website has been a very useful tool that I frequent often.

I will be finishing my Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Sciences with a concentration in Food Animal Production and Management in the spring of 2018 from the University of Illinois. After achieving this degree, I would like to continue my educational career at Illinois working towards receiving a Master of Science in Meat Science and Muscle Biology. With this degree, I plan to pursue a career as a meat scientist either working in a plant or in the laboratory doing research. Ultimately, I would like a career where I am challenged daily to complete tasks in the meat science industry that will benefit myself, my employer, and the agriculture industry. I am hoping to take advantage of this opportunity through the AMSA so I can accomplish my goals and make my mark on the meat science industry.

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