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Sam Decker: An Award-Winning Student's Pursuit of a Research-Based Welfare Management Career
Sam Decker: An Award-Winning Student's Pursuit of a Research-Based Welfare Management Career

As a Zoology major, Sam Decker was very involved in experiential opportunities. Sam also excelled academically. At graduation, he was recognized for numerous academic achievements, including the 2017 Outstanding Academic Achievement and Promise in Zoology Award and Board of Trustees Award from Michigan State University. He is pursuing a Master's program at the University of Guelph in the lab of Georgia Mason. One of Sam's career goals is to strengthen relationships between universities and animal care facilities to promote research-based welfare management. Specifically, implementing research-based welfare management in zoos.

Outstanding Student to Outstanding Professional: Alumna Rachel Emory's Role in the Care of Elephants in Captivity
Outstanding Student to Outstanding Professional: Alumna Rachel Emory's Role in the Care of Elephants in Captivity

In 2014, Rachel Emory won the Outstanding Undergraduate Academic and Promise in Zoology award. She was recognized at Michigan State for her performance as an undergraduate inside and outside the classroom. Two weeks after graduation, Rachel moved to Oklahoma to take on her dream position as Elephant Keeper at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Since then she has traveled to India to work with rescued elephants and been promoted to Lead Elephant Caretaker. She is a member of a team that has built an incredibly successful platform of commitment to the health and care of elephants in captivity.

Sarah Saunders Wins MSU's Postdoctoral Excellence in Research Award
Sarah Saunders Wins MSU's Postdoctoral Excellence in Research Award

Sarah Saunders, a postdoctoral research associate in the Zipkin Lab, has received a Postdoctoral Excellence in Research Award by the MSU Postdoctoral Association and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. Each year two exceptional postdoctoral researchers are recognized for their contributions to Michigan State University and the research community. Winners are selected based on the significance, innovation, and impact of their scientific research.

Steve Hamilton Named Inaugural Society for Freshwater Science Fellow
Steve Hamilton Named Inaugural Society for Freshwater Science Fellow

Steve Hamilton has been named an inaugural fellow of the Society for Freshwater Science for his contributions to promoting public appreciation of freshwater science through education and outreach. 

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