Laura Yoder


Oklahoma State University (June 2018)
Advisor: Dr. Gretchen Mafi (June 2018)

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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 the Student Board of Directors has created for itself an impressive professional reputation by leaving a lasting impact of the students and industry professionals that maintain membership. The AMSA provides educational opportunities to develop skills through facilitating programs and short courses, as well as providing networking opportunities through courses and other events they sponsor. Without the efforts of the AMSA, the US meat industry would not be where it is today. If given the opportunity to serve on the Student Board of Directors, it would be my goal to give back all this organization has given to me. I would strive to do this by encouraging students to learn about the meat industry and plant the seed that was planted within me to help continue to build the legacy of the AMSA.  

Being apart of the AMSA for the past 3 years, I started by joining the meat-judging program, but since then have been involved in the AMSA through quiz bowl, student leadership conference, and Reciprocal Meat Conference and industry short courses. In my undergraduate career I have been actively involved in the Iowa State Meat Judging program and have been a team member but also a coach, which allowed me to teach students the fundamentals of meat judging and cultivate a passion in them for the meat industry. I may not have been the person to win every meat-judging contest or have my name called at every banquet, but the friends, hard work, determination and knowledge gained by being apart of the meat-judging program has allowed my passion for the AMSA and the meat industry to grow and thrive. Additionally, being apart of many on campus activities and programs has allowed me to meet people from all walks of life, giving me the opportunity to meet and connect with people that I do not share something in common with. Being able to connect with anyone who is around you makes a great leader, as you are able to see the strengths in many different people in different ways. Having this experience helps me stand out when considering candidates for this position.  

What does your AMSA membership mean to you?

Being a member of the AMSA is an opportunity that you can take and run with if you so choose, and I have tried to do just that. Through programs that the AMSA offers to all of its members, there are countless opportunities to get involved and gain knowledge and experiences to improve your skills. The AMSA’s student membership core purpose talks about students that foster leadership, vocational development and professional relationships with people within the animal and food industries. The AMSA has allowed me to do just those things by becoming a leader through coaching a meat judging teams, participating in short courses to develop industry skills, and build a network of students and professionals across the country within the food and animal industries. Being apart of the AMSA is something that from the beginning I have been proud of, but seeing the AMSA grow is something I am excited to be apart of and see first hand, which is why I am excited to have the opportunity to run for the student board of directors, so we can better prepare for the future in the meat industry.

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