Robert Cassens Mentor Scholar Award

Robert Cassens Mentor Scholar Award


  • Dr. Robert Cassens was a long-time AMSA member and a leader in the meat science community during his distinguished career at the University of Wisconsin. The Robert Cassens Mentor Scholar Award is a non-tuition scholarship intended to: 1) support the efforts of PhD-level graduate students in completing research or communicating their research results at national or international conferences like RMC or ICoMST, and/or: 2) to travel domestically/internationally to engage in collaborative meat science research or access equipment/techniques unavailable on their campus.  The overall goal is to advance PhD student research and assist in establishing contacts important to their career. 


  • Interested students who are members or are becoming members of AMSA are encouraged to apply.  Competitive applicants will be PhD students who have: (1) completed at least two years of graduate study, an M.S. degree, or its equivalent on research using fundamental approaches to advance the biochemical understanding of muscle, fresh and/or processed meats, and (2) are advancing their research agenda beyond their home campus, or who are presenting their research at a national or international meeting.

Nature of the award

  • One award will be presented in 2023. The award consists of a cash payment TBD. The recipient will also be required to provide a follow-up report that details how the funds were used and their experiences.

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