Becca Grimes

South Becca Grimes 2020

West Texas A&M University 
Advisor: Dr. Ty Lawrence

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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 believe that I am qualified to be the South Region Director on the Student Membership Board because I understand how important strong leadership is in an organization, and how important it is for younger members to see other students like themselves in positions of leadership. I have been on multiple committees, officer teams, and am currently the longest working employee at the West Texas A&M Beef Carcass Research Center and Meat Laboratory and act as a leadership figure to many of our younger
employees, and therefore have a long history of being on teams with my peers, working towards a common goal. I also believe that at the end of the day that yes, we are a meat science association, but we are also in the business of preparing young students to pursue successful careers in the meat science industry, and professional development is one of the best things that we can do for our members through opportunities like the Student Leadership Conference and others. I also understand first hand, that many
students aren’t able to attend conferences like these due to cost of travel, providing travel scholarships and more web-based opportunities for professional development and networking through webinars could be a valuable tool, building upon the opportunities that student board members before me have established. Lastly, I believe that it would be great to see smaller universities represented on the student membership board and I would be a qualified candidate to fill that role.

What does your AMSA membership mean to you?

The start of my AMSA membership began in 2018 when I decided to join my university’s meats judging team. I wasn’t planning on joining a judging team in college. I didn’t think I would be good enough, didn’t have enough time, and was worried how I could juggle schoolwork with being on the road. Finally, my major advisor, Dr. Lawrence, strongly suggested I join and from then on it was the best decision that I have made in my college career. After travelling and meeting other meat judging students, I realized that I wasn’t the only “meat freak” out there. I went from being the girl in class that asked all the questions, self-conscious about being the “know it all”, to meeting other students who were just like me – had a passion for meat science and research, and especially loved talking about it with their peers. Then I was able to attend the Reciprocal Meat Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. It says a lot about an organization, when they ask a room full of people, starting from oldest to youngest, how long they’ve been in the organization and there’s individuals present that had attended their 50th RMC. I realized then that this organization was special and I was hungry to become more involved in the leadership. I attended the Tyson Beyond Fresh Meats Short courses in 2019 and this past year and I was really able to connect with my fellow attendees who I now consider some of my very good friends in the organization. Because at the end of the day, the memories of the winnings and trophies fade, but what is most important about AMSA student membership is the friendships, professional development, and network opportunities that you gain along the way.

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