SDSU student takes honors with calf research
Nirosh Dias Senevirathne, a South Dakota State University (SDSU) graduate student, was awarded second place in the Alltech Young Scientist North American regional graduate division. The title of the award winning paper was “Calf nutrition and growth performance.”
Senevirathne was nominated to participate in the Alltech Young Scientist program by his mentor, Jill Anderson, assistant professor in the SDSU dairy science department. For individuals to compete in this year’s competition, the student had to be nominated by a professor from their university.
The Alltech Young Scientist program is an opportunity for students to participate 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.
“I feel amazed and am delighted to have achieved this award through my education. I am proud to be an Alltech Young Scientist winner,” said Senevirathne. “I someday hope to help the agriculture industry through my research and in the future obtain a position in research and development.”
For Senevirathne’s second place award, he received $1,000 cash prize, a certificate of achievement, an Alltech Young Scientist Medal and a gift basket.
Senevirathne is working toward his doctorate through South Dakota State University. He completed his undergraduate degree in Sri Lanka and his master’s degree in Japan.
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Outtagrass Cattle Co. cartoon by Jan Swan Wood for the June 19, 2021, edition of Tri-State Livestock News