Trevor DeHaan

Midwest Trevor DeHaan 2020

South Dakota State University
Advisor: Dr. Keith Underwood

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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 want to be on the AMSA Student Membership Board of Directors as it will allow me to be apart of an organization that has helped me get to where I am today. In 2016, I was not aware of the AMSA and did not have an interest in the meat science field at first because I wanted to pursue a career as a ruminant nutritionist. Then I joined the meat judging team while I was at Kansas State University where I immediately discovered I had a strong passion for meat science. Fast forward four years and currently I am pursuing a master’s degree in meat science and could not imagine doing anything else. One qualification that makes me a top candidate for this position is that I have experience in two different sides of AMSA: research and meat judging. As a graduate student, I am heavily involved with research projects with objectives of improving the meat science industry. Also, I have been involved in both sides of meat judging: first as a participant and now as a coach. Additionally, I am a very sociable person who works very well with others, which I feel will allow me to get along with and communicate effectively with other Student Board Directors.

What does your AMSA membership mean to you?

To me, my AMSA membership means an opportunity for growth. My membership allows for growth as a teacher, as it gives me access to resources, events and conferences that will allow me to expand my knowledge of the industry. The membership gives me access to new and upcoming research, enabling me with the opportunity to grow as a researcher and innovator. It will allow me to grow as a coach by working with incredible students that share a passion of mine in meat judging, while allowing me to watch and learn from those who have been involved much longer in the meat judging sector than myself. Lastly, it is an opportunity for growth as a person as it will allow me to grow my network with others in my same field and create life-long friendships with students, faculty, alumni, and respected individuals from around the country and possibly the world.


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