Animal Sciences Graduate Club

The Animal Sciences Graduate Club consists of current graduate students in the Department and serves as a networking opportunity and a social environment among graduate students. The Graduate Club provides an opportunity for students to learn about research others are conducting and to create discussions about projects and their experimental designs or statistical analysis. Most importantly, it provides opportunities to socialize — whether it's a BBQ at lunch or a Twin's game after work. Graduate students conduct tours of the animal barns on campus to generate funds for social activities.

Animal Facilities Tours

Due to COVID-19, the Animal Facilities Tours have been suspended until further notice.

Animal Science clothing catalog 2019Animal Science Department Clothing Available for Purchase!

The Animal Sciences Graduate Club is offering for sale Animal Science Department clothing as a fundraiser for the club. Funds from clothing sales will provide the club with more opportunities for social activities and help bring back its community service aspect. Currently the catalog includes t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, jackets, hats, and more. Feel free to suggest additional items. Please submit orders and direct questions to the Fundraising Chair, Claire Peichel (




Meet our Grad Club Officers and Chairs

Zhaohui (Edward) Yang headshot

Zhaohui (Edward) Yang

3rd year PhD student. I study swine nutrition, with a focus on evaluating feeding values of novel corn co-products and protein quality determination. I also have a Business Management Minor.

I like playing soccer, cooking, and outdoor activities.

As the president, I make key decisions for Grad Club, lead monthly meetings, represent grad students in Graduate Study Committee, and assist other officers with their tasks and planning events. 

Rielle Perttu Swanson

Rielle Perttu Swanson

2nd year PhD candidate. My research focuses on dairy cattle behavior and welfare, specifically the relationship between calf health and feeding behavior collected by autofeeder software.

Beyond my academic activities, I enjoy spending time with friends, family and my dogs and chickens. Also, I love traveling, being active, plants, and makeup.

As the vice president, I assist the president and other officers with their tasks and planning events. I also serve as a resourceful point of contact and helping students adjust to grad school life.

Grace Dewi headshot

Grace Dewi

3rd year Ph.D. student. My research investigates the potential of phytobiotics and probiotics to improve the microbial safety of turkeys.

Beyond my academic activities, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, and occasionally playing badminton and video games.

As treasurer, I manage deposits and reimbursements and handle food for meetings.

Ting-Yun Tina Chen

Ting-Yun Tina Chen

2nd year Master student. The research I will focus on is how to investigate the effects of hydroxycinnamic acid and polyphenols for GI health and growth performance in nursery pigs.

I love travelling to broaden my horizon. I also love to get out of my place and spend time doing some extracurricular activities like kayaking, skiing or hiking with friends.

As the social chair, I organize events and activities for graduate students. The purpose of this role is to bring graduate students a way to de-stress and have fun out of school work.

Margaret (Meg) Fletcher

Margaret (Meg) Fletcher

Master student studying swine nutrition. My research focuses on sow lactation and feeding frequency.

In my spare time, I enjoy staying active and being outside. I especially enjoy hiking and playing volleyball. I also have a passion for traveling and exploring new cultures.

As a Council of Graduate Students Representative, I represent the graduate students of the department of Animal Science at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities.


Student Organizations

Club Officers


Zhaohui (Edward) Yang, President

Rielle Perttu Swanson, Vice President

Grace Dewi, Treasurer

Ting-Yun Tina Chen, Social Chair

Margaret (Meg) Fletcher, Council of Graduate Students Representative