Bethany Margaret Dado, a University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) undergraduate student, was awarded second place in the Alltech Young Scientist North American regional undergraduate division. The title of the award-winning paper was 'Validation of Methylation Patterns in Dairy Bulls as a Fertility Indicator.'
Dado was nominated to participate in the Alltech Young Scientist program by her mentor, Dr. Hasan Khatib, assistant professor in the UW-Madison dairy science department. For individuals to compete in this year's program, students had to be nominated by a professor from their university.
The Alltech Young Scientist program is an opportunity for students to join with the company in pursuit of natural solutions in animal health, plant technology, environmental sciences and other biotechnology-related sectors, while also gaining valuable experience with Alltech, a global leader in the feed and food industry.
'Participating in the Alltech Young Scientist program was a truly rewarding experience,' said Dado. 'It is so refreshing to be able to share my research with fellow scientists at a young age and receive feedback on my work.
'I would like to thank Alltech for their support of young scientists like myself; it takes a forward-thinking company to be so invested in the bright minds of the future,' continued Dado. 'Thank you for investing in mine. I am very grateful for the honor and recognition of second place in North America.'
For Dado's second place award, she received a $1,000 cash prize, a certificate of achievement and an Alltech Young Scientist medal.
Dado is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, from which she received bachelor's degrees in dairy science and genetics.