Marlee Kelley


University of Kentucky
Advisor: Dr. Gregg Rentfrow

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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?

My professors and friends at the University of Florida have told me numerous times that I am not the same shy student they met three years ago; I contribute this change to meat judging and the Reciprocal Meat Conference, specifically Quiz Bowl and the Iron Chef Contest. By participating on the AMSA Student Membership Board of Directors I will have the opportunity to plan events to help other students emerge from their shells and become more involved by encouraging participation in social activities that could emerge into leaderships roles in meat science.

During the 2018 Student Leadership Conference we were inspired to start making our own brand for ourselves. After sitting down and thinking about how I think others see me and how I want to be seen in the meat science industry I came up with the following three words: capable, adaptable, and optimistic. Participating on a meat judging team, coaching my own team and being the only meat science graduate student at the University of Kentucky I’ve learned to be capable and efficient with anything thrown my direction. Moreover, moving 10 hours away from home for graduate school and being a teaching assistant makes you versatile, or gives you the ability to adapt to many different functions or activities. Additionally, I realize situations do not always end up as originally intended; therefore, it is important to have the ability to think optimistically and continue to positively encourage others.

Possessing the ability and confidence to complete the task at hand while being able to adapt to unexpected changes and remaining optimistic through the process gives me the necessary qualifications to run for the American Meat Science Association Student Membership Board of Directors. 

What does your AMSA membership mean to you?

My experiences as a member of the American Meat Science Association has been overwhelming positive and has played an instrumental role in guiding my educational and career paths. As a member, I have traveled the country, attended multiple conferences and participated in various events that would have been impossible without the scholarships I received from the AMSA. These events have opened my eyes to an organization that provides vast opportunities for students to garner an appreciation for the meat science industry. I even look forward to the weekly newsletters so I can keep up with events and awards. My membership of the AMSA, has helped me find my passion for the meat science industry and now I would like to guide other students to find this same enthusiasm.

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