University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Graduate and Undergraduate Research Assistants are an essential part of the dairy research program in the University of Kentucky Department of Animal and Food Sciences. If you are interested in joining the dairy research team, please contact Dr. Bill Silvia (wsilvia@uky.edu) or Dr. Jeffrey Bewley (jbewley@uky.edu).

 

Undergraduate Research Assistants

 

 

Haley Bastin is a sophomore at UK majoring in Animal Science/Pre-vet from Louisville, KY. She chose dairy to gain experience with large animals and create a sense of community with people who share the same interests. Haley is currently assisting with research using precision dairy technologies for transition cow detection.

 

 

Kerri Bochantin is a freshman majoring in Animal Science. She is interested in learning about a new aspect of the livestock industry and its impact on agriculture. She currently assists in mastitis research.
 

 

 

Andy Carter is a junior at UK majoring in animal sciences/pre-vet from Louisville, KY. His passion for animals started with herpetology and animal husbandry. However, he chose to work with dairy to broaden his knowledge in research and large animals. He currently assists with data analysis and heat detection.

 

Amanda Cvengros is an Animal Science/Pre-Vet major at UK from Lexington, KY. She joined the dairy research team to gain large animal experience. Amanda assists with research detecting estrus. 

Alison DiGennaro is a sophomore majoring in Biology and minoring in Animal Science from Mason, OH. She became interested in dairy through some of her animal science classes. Alison aspires to become a veterinarian and is looking forward to gaining some large animal and research experience.

 

 

Eileen Donoghue is a junior at UK majoring in Animal Science/Pre-vet. She is originally from Frederick, Maryland, and gained an interest in the dairy industry when she first started taking animal science courses at UK. Eileen assists with research detecting differences in locomotion scores of cows housed varying freestall bases.

 

 

Megan Hardy is a junior majoring in Animal Sciences. She was born and raised in Lexington and is actively engaged in the dairy research team at UK. Megan's experience has led her to developing her own research in calving detection and timing of dairy cattle.

 

Aisha Jamal is an Animal Science/Pre-Vet major from West Lafayette, Indiana, but has lived all over the US. She has a B.A. in Film from Penn State ('11). While she does not have a background in agriculture, she has heard many people speak highly of Dr. Bewley and the dairy research program and wanted to gain large animal experience. Aisha is also vegan and wanted to see the conditions of dairy cows would sway her decision to remain vegan. She currently assists with research using precision dairy technologies for reproductive purposes.
 

Katie Kelly majors in Animal Science and minors in Biology at UK. She is originally from Amelia, OH and has a background in equine. Katie joined the dairy research team to gain experience in dairy because she aspires to be a large animal veterinarian. Currently, she assists with research focusing on estrus detection.

 

 

Jamie Leistner is a junior Animal Science major from Ashland, KY. Jamie aspires to one day become a veterinarian. While she has never had any experience in the dairy industry, she is passionate about all animals and cannot wait to gain experience! Jamie is currently assisting with research using precision dairy technologies for transition cow detection.

Emily Lunsford is a freshman from Leesburg, Virginia and grew up on a small horse farm. She is interested in large animal research and diagnostics. She currently is an undergraduate assistant with the Dairy Precisions for Decisions project with mastitis, estrus, lameness, and fresh cow detection.

 

Jennifer Lyons is a junior at UK majoring in Animal Science/Pre-vet. She is originally from Louisville, KY, and gained an interest in the dairy industry when she first started taking animal science courses at UK. Jennifer assists with research detecting lameness in dairy cattle.

 

Savannah Meade is a junior Animal Science student with a minor in Biological Science from Betsy Layne, Kentucky. She originally was introduced to dairy her freshman year, when she just happened to see a "LegenDairy Olympics" flyer. After attending the olympics she knew that the world of dairy science was one for her. This year she's starting her own research project studying correlations between milk quality testing technologies. She's interested in mastitis and milk quality.

Summer Miller is an Agricultural Biotechnology major at UK from Somerset, KY. She assists with research controlling mastitis and is gaining valuable laboratory skills that will help her later in her academic career.

 

Mickayla Myers is a sophomore from Ferrisburgh, VT. She is an Animal Science Dairy Speciality major at the University of Kentucky. She is currently assisting with research culturing bedding sample to compare composted bedding pack barns and sand freestalls.

Kelli Powers is from Columbus, OH, currently a junior at UK majoring in Equine Science/PreVet. She plans to apply for vet school and is eager to diversify her experience with animals. She comes from a background in equine. Kelli hopes to deepen her knowledge in animal science while assisting with the Dairy Precisions for Decisions project with mastitis, estrus, lameness, and fresh cow detection.

Haley Reichenbach is a Sophomore Equine Science/Pre-Vet student from Stanford, KY. She enjoys working at a local veterinary office and on her family farm. Currently, she volunteers with mastitis sampling and work with fresh cows. 

Virginia Stilwell majors in Equine Science and Management with minors in Biology and Pre-Veterinary Sciences. She is originally from Manassas, VA.  Virginia is assisting with research comparing lameness scores of cows housed on different freestall bases and hopes to gain experience in the dairy field.
 

 

 

Alexis Thompson is a junior studying Animal Science/Pre-Vet with emphases in Dairy Sciences and Animal Industry from Glendale, AZ. She has participated in undergraduate research since her freshman year. Alexis is currently working on a foot care study looking at various products and their effects on digital dermatitis.

Carissa Truman majors in Animal Science at UK. She is originally from Lynchburg, OH. Carissa started working with dairy through Block & Bridle and wanted to continue gaining experience with the dairy research group. She currently assists with milk sampling.

 

Mauricio Xavier is a senior studying Animal Science at UK and Federal University of Bahia. He is a visiting student from the Northeast region of Brazil. Mauricio started to work with dairy research since he was a freshman in Brazil, on 2010. His research interests consist mainly of animal nutrition and reproduction.