Animal Science Graduate Student Honored with National Award

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University student Nick Boddicker said it was an honor to be recognized by the National Swine Improvement Federation with its Lauren L. Christian Memorial Graduate Student Award.

“I am most proud of this because, by nominating me, my major professor Jack Dekkers considered me worthy of consideration for such an impressive award,” he said.

The Lauren L. Christian graduate student award is named for the first director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State and is presented annually to an outstanding graduate student whose research includes a swine genetic component. Recipients are selected by NSIF based on the scientific merit of their work and their commitment to the swine industry.

Boddicker is a doctoral student in animal breeding and genetics, including the use of genetic traits as a means of improving animal health. His research focuses on porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, also known as PRRS.

Boddicker, a Newhall native, said that receiving the award as an Iowa State student makes the experience even better.

“I was drawn to Iowa State for my bachelor's degree because of the quality of the animal science department, and it reinforced my decision to remain at Iowa State for my master's and doctoral programs,” Boddicker said. “The experience I’ve had at Iowa State is second to none, and I’m grateful for all of the mentors, faculty, classmates and friends I’ve met here.”

Boddicker plans to work for an animal breeding company after completing his degree.

Iowa State has a strong record of being well represented by students who have received the Lauren L. Christian Memorial Graduate Student Award. Boddicker is the 11th such recipient since the award was first offered in 1993.


NSIF president Benny Mote presents a plaque for the 2012 Lauren L. Christian Graduate Student Award to ISU animal science student Nick Boddicker.

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