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February 18, 2018 | by admin
CHAMPAIGN, Ill., February 19, 2018 – The Poultry Science Association Foundation (PSA Foundation) was pleased to announce the Award of the 2018 Ph.D. Fellowship from Merck Animal Health during the International Production and Processing Expo in Atlanta, GA. Merck Animal Health’s generous gift will support the Poultry Research Fellowship of Ms. Sohini Bhatia in the Department of Poultry Science at Texas A&M University. The Merck Animal Health Fellowship awarded to Ms. Bhatia is the final of three which will support the research of doctoral students in poultry sciences for three years awarded in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Students selected for the Merck Animal Health Fellowships are involved in innovative applied and basic poultry science research related to intestinal health, immunology, poultry pathology and disease, molecular biology, or vaccine technology and development.
Merck Animal Health’s grant for the education of talented graduate students pursuing a career in poultry science was made through the PSA Foundation Capital Campaign (Charting Our Course – Securing Future Leadership for Poultry).
“This is a nationwide application process, and with more than 40 very qualified candidates for this grant, the work that she was proposing stood out over the rest” stated Dr. Travis Boatwright, Sales and Marketing Director-US Poultry at Merck Animal Health. “We congratulate Sohini and look forward to seeing the results”.
“Merck Animal Health is committed to supporting future generations of industry scientists,” said want to encourage standout students like Sohini to explore the scientific realms of possibility, as research like hers can help contribute to important advancements in poultry health and performance.”
Nationwide student recruitment for the Merck Animal Health Fellowships for 2018 concluded with the selection of Ms. Bhatia. Merck Animal Health and the PSA Foundation formally announced the 2018 recipient during Merck Animal Health’s Luncheon at the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta, GA January 31, 2018.
The Capital Campaign was launched by the PSA Foundation in January 2015 and aims to develop scientific leaders in subject matter areas, such as poultry genetics, health and nutrition, and food safety and quality, for the poultry enterprise and allied industry. Funds of the Capital Campaign are used to award undergraduate internships, undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, travel grants, and preceptor/mentoring grants.
The PSA Foundation is a charitable corporation affiliated with the Poultry Science Association with the primary purpose of advancing the founding principles of PSA. Since its establishment in 2004, the PSA Foundation has worked to support a variety of initiatives such as the Legacy Project, which digitized and indexed issues of Poultry Science—one of PSA’s journals— published since 1908. To learn more about the PSA Foundation, the Capital Campaign, how to donate, or the student application process, visit www.poultryscience.org/foundation.
For over a century, Merck has been a global healthcare leader working to help the world be well. Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada, is the global animal health business unit of Merck. Through its commitment to the Science of Healthier Animals™, Merck Animal Health offers veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest range of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services. Merck Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, well-being and performance of animals. It invests extensively in dynamic and comprehensive R&D resources and a modern, global supply chain. Merck Animal Health is present in more than 50 countries, while its products are available in some 150 markets. For more information, visit www.merck-animal-health.com or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter at @MerckAH.
The Poultry Science Association is an association committed to research and the dissemination and application of knowledge that supports the poultry industry. PSA is a professional organization that consists of approximately 1,800 members across the globe. For additional information about PSA, visit www.poultryscience.org.
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