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Morgan McKinney

East Morgan McKinney 2020 

University of Florida
Advisor: Dr. Tracy Scheffler

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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?

American Meat Science Association (AMSA) Student Membership Board of Directors members are the student faces of the association. They are dedicated year-round to providing students with the best membership experience possible. Serving as a student board director will give me the opportunity to continue to engage with various students from all over the country as well as give me the opportunity to network further with industry professionals. The benefits I have received from my involvement in AMSA sponsored events has helped gotten me to where I am today. I would like to be able to give back to the association to continue to give students experiences like the ones I have had. 

I have had various leadership and management roles that have prepared me effectively for this position. As an undergraduate, I worked on a research project which involved leading and managing other undergraduate students. I was responsible for daily communication with farm managers and managing students that helped in the laboratory and assisted with data collection times. Also as an undergraduate I was an Agricultural Ambassador for Purdue University. Being an ambassador for the College of Agriculture meant we were the student face of the ag school for prospective students. As a graduate student, I have also taken on various leadership roles including coordinating and co-lecturing the “Review of Meat Science” class, coaching the Meat Science Quiz Bowl Team, and helping coach the Meat Animal Evaluation Team. Coaching these teams have given me the opportunity to interact with industry professionals and form relationships that will help benefit me in the future. I believe the best leaders are those that lead by example and I pride myself on doing so. These experiences with students and industry
professionals will benefit me as a member of the AMSA student board when helping plan multiple events.

What does your AMSA membership mean to you?

When you become a member of such a well-established association, you are not just another member you become part of a family. This family has people that come from various types of backgrounds but at the end of the day all share the same passion for the animal agriculture industry. This type of culture is what separates this association from many other associations I have been involved in. My AMSA membership is both a privilege and responsibility to me. Networking with professionals that have been involved in the industry or academia for the past 15 years is a privilege within itself. These types of connections will be the ones that you utilize for the rest of your life. My AMSA membership is also a responsibility. Members in this association hold themselves to a higher standard because we are all responsible for informing the general public what our organization is all about. We have to do so in a manner that properly represents the animal agriculture industry and makes the public want to learn more.

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