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Animal Science Student Wins National Research Award

February 21, 2017

Chris Miller, an Angelo State University graduate student in the Master of Science in animal science program, won second place for his research presentation at the Society for Range Management’s 70th annual national meeting earlier this month in St. George, Utah.

Competing against students from colleges and universities throughout the U.S., Miller placed second in the Master’s Student category for his poster presentation of his master’s thesis research on “Preconditioning Procedures and Supplementation to Increase Redberry Juniper Consumption by Goats.” His research mentor is Dr. Cody Scott, professor of animal science in the ASU Department of Agriculture. 

<strong>Chris Miller</strong>Chris MillerA Tennessee native who grew up in New Braunfels, Miller earned his ASU bachelor’s degree in animal science and was a member of ASU’s inaugural Undergraduate Range Management Exam (URME) Team that won first place at the Texas Section Society for Range Management’s annual Undergraduate Range Management Examination competition in 2014. As a graduate student, he helped coach the URME Team to runner-up and first-place finishes in 2015 and 2016, respectively. 

“None of this would be possible,” Miller said, “without the dedication and help my professors have given me to shape me up for the agriculture field. My time at Angelo State has been a blessing that I wouldn’t trade for anything.” 

After attaining his ASU master’s degree, Miller plans to pursue a Ph.D. in range ecology and management with the ultimate goal of either a career in university teaching or as a range specialist for a government agency. 

Established in 1948, the Society for Range Management is a professional scientific society and conservation organization dedicated to providing leadership for the stewardship of rangelands based on sound ecological principals. Headquartered in Littleton, Colo., the SRM has more than 4,000 members in 48 countries.