Emma Mortensen

South Emma Mortensen 2020

Texas Tech University
Advisor: Dr. Dale Woerner

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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 be a part of the AMSA Student Membership Board of Directors to represent the students, and to serve as a liaison between the board of directors and the members. I have directly benefited from the American Meat Science Association as a member of a competitive team and as an attendee of numerous leadership conferences; therefore, I would like to continue the tradition of service and cooperation in the AMSA and serve on the student board. Staying involved and connected with peers and professionals in the meat science industry is one of the attributes the AMSA has to offer and I would like to assist in that effort. I am no longer a part of the judging program here at Texas Tech, but as I graduate and begin my master’s degree I aspire to stay in touch and continue to meet students and network with others in the industry. Serving on the student board of directors would allow me to use the knowledge and skills I have obtained over the past several years to develop new opportunities and improve pre-existing ones. I am an advocate of the meat science industry and the students who are involved, and I cannot think of a better way to show that than through the student board of directors. I believe I am a strong, well-rounded candidate as I have been involved with the agriculture industry, specifically the meat science industry, my whole life. I grew up in production agriculture, I am currently studying animal science/meat science at Texas Tech University, I have been a part of several competitive teams, I have been involved in the retail marketing of meat products and I am currently heavily involved in meat science research. Over the past four years, I have challenged myself to learn every aspect of the industry, from the raising of livestock to the retail sales and research. I have also assumed several leadership positions during my college career, which have prepared me to work cohesively with any team. I would love the chance to serve on the 2020-2021 Student Membership Board of Directors.

What does your AMSA membership mean to you?

My AMSA membership has given me the chance to compete, network and acquire many life
skills over the past several years. I can confidently say that I am proud to be a part of an
organization that is preparing its students for careers in the meat science industry, and elsewhere.
In addition to the coursework I have taken at Texas Tech, being involved in judging and
leadership development events through the American Meat Science Association has equipped me
with what it takes to become a successful student and future employee.


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