Animal Science Funding Priorities

The Department of Animal Science has the following funding priorities:

Academic Program Endowments

To enhance existing programs such as the Dairy Associates, Draft Horse, and Equine programs.

  • Equine Program Endowment

    $5 million is needed to establish an endowment to support programmatic efforts in curriculum, student enhancement opportunities (such as field trips and visiting lecturers), travel funds to enable students to participate in industry meetings, undergraduate research funds and funds to maintain high quality farm operations on campus.

    Requested funding: $5,000,000

 

  • Dairy Associates Program Endowment

    The Dairy Associates program needs an endowment of $1million for programmatic enhancement of undergraduate research opportunities, developing a global perspective in the program and for industry involvement to further their education.

    Requested funding: $1,000,000

 

  • Dairy Program Endowment

    The Dairy program needs an endowment of $1million to strengthen curriculum, student enhancement opportunities such as field trips, industry involvement and undergraduate research opportunities, visiting lecturers and maintain high quality of farms to support programmatic efforts.

    Requested funding: $1,000,000

 

  • Beef Program Endowment

    The Beef program needs an endowment of $1million to strengthen curriculum, student enhancement opportunities such as field trips, industry involvement and undergraduate research opportunities, visiting lecturers and maintain high quality of farms to support programmatic efforts.

    Requested funding: $1,000,000

 

  • Swine Program Endowment

    The Swine program needs an endowment of $1million to strengthen curriculum, student enhancement opportunities such as field trips, industry involvement and undergraduate research opportunities, visiting lecturers and maintain high quality of farms to support programmatic efforts.


    Requested funding: $1,000,000

 

  • Poultry Program Endowment

    The Poultry program needs an endowment of $1million to strengthen curriculum, student enhancement opportunities such as field trips, industry involvement and undergraduate research opportunities, visiting lecturers and maintain high quality of farms to support programmatic efforts.

    Requested funding: $1,000,000

International Animal Welfare Studies Endowment

This endowment would fund an international forum to enhance animal welfare through scientific studies.

Requested funding: $2,000,000

Endowed Visiting Professorship

A Visiting Professorship program is needed to provide students, faculty members and professional staff fresh perspectives on the animal industry. Outstanding faculty and industry personnel filling this position on a short-term basis would interact with undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members and industry representatives, and bring innovative research and teaching techniques, different philosophical perspectives and a global view to the department. This will enable faculty members and students to interact and collaborate with faculty beyond MSU and provide the vision necessary to assure the program continues to meet the needs of the industry.

Requested funding: $1,000,000

Endowed Graduate Fellowships

Encourages excellence by giving graduate students unique educational experiences. Funds would be used for enrichment and intensification of training, to attend special meetings and workshops, assistantships for outstanding graduate students, and to bring seminar speakers to campus. Varying levels of endowments are needed from $50,000 to $1,000,000.

Requested funding: $50,000 to $1,000,000

Endowed Scholarships

Ten student scholarships of $30,000 each are needed for tuition and study abroad opportunities.

Requested funding: $30,000 to $300,000

Visiting Lectureship Endowment

Endowing a Visiting Lecturer position would enable the department to bring outstanding speakers and lecturer to campus to present seminars to students and faculty and to also consult with the animal industries in the state.

Requested funding: $150,000

Student Housing at Dairy Teaching and
Research Center

The MSU Dairy Teaching and Research Center provides an excellent opportunity for MSU students with a dairy interest to acquire valuable hands-on experience in dairy cattle management. To provide sufficient and safe housing for four student employees, a new duplex to house both male and female students is proposed which ill house the students away from the animals.

Requested funding: $150,000