Graduate Student Jordan Juckel Awarded Nelson Scholarship

The Nelson Scholarship is named in honor of Pete Nelson, who served the University of Minnesota as the Supervisor of Andrew Boss Laboratory of Meat Science from 2007 to 2013. In honor of Pete Nelson, the Minnesota Association of Meat Processors offers two scholarships to students currently enrolled as either an undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Animal Science or the Department of Food Science and Nutrition. Recipients of the scholarship were announced at the 2017 MAMP Annual Convention in St. Cloud, and Department of Animal Science graduate student Jordan Juckel was awarded the Nelson Scholarship.

Jordan began college in September of 2014 hoping to pursue vet school as she worked at the dairy barn on campus. She came in with 34 credits from high school, and decided to take 20 credits each semester and graduate a year and a half early. On top of 20 credit semesters, she worked 3 part-time jobs and was involved in extracurricular activities on campus. Jordan was involved in Gopher Dairy club, Block and Bridle, and the Meat Science Quiz Bowl Team.

During the summer of 2016 Jordan worked as the meat processing intern at the Andrew Boss Laboratory of Meat Science. Shortly before graduation, with a 3.7 GPA, she decided to pursue graduate school in meat science. After graduate school, Jordan hopes to pursue a career in food safety, education, or research and development.