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

The Animal Sciences Graduate Club provides tours of the animal barns on campus for interested parties. Please submit tour requests and direct questions to the Barn Tour Coordinator, Eric Houdek (houde030@umn.edu).

Fall 2017 Animal Science Clothing CatalogAnimal 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 Graduate Club Clothing Sales Coordinator, Trent Dado (dadox009@umn.edu).

 

 

 

Meet our Grad Club Officers and Chairs

Glenda Pereira

Glenda Pereira

1st year PhD in Dairy genetics and management with a focus on pasture-based crossbred dairy cattle.

I love to travel, read, hike and take selfies with cows. I stay involved in my community by volunteering with 4-H and at a church nearby, Corpus Christi.
As president I am in charge of reiterating the students concerns to the department, and lead grad club meetings.

Ask me questions related to: Graduate club events and commitments, getting involved in our department, study and writing methods.

 

 

Mateus Peiter

Mateus Peiter

2nd year PhD student in dairy cattle behavior and welfare with a focus on automation and technology in dairy production.

I love cooking, traveling and hang out with my friends and family.
As vice-president, I am in charge of assisting our president and organizing dairy barn tours along with Eric Houdek.

Ask me questions related to: Graduate Club events, Department of Animal Science in general, and dairy barn tours.

 

 

Amanda Reiter

Amanda Reiter

2nd year M.S. student with a focus in equine nutrition.


I love to ride my horse Aldrick and hang out with my two dogs, Emmy and Rylee.
As treasurer, I am responsible for keeping track of the grad club's finances.


Ask me questions related to: Graduate club events

 

 

Devan Catalano

Devan Catalano

3rd year PhD student in Equine Nutrition with a focus on management and forages.

Walking/hiking with my rescue dog, Casey, riding my horse Tio. I also love gardening, photography, and baking.
As the student representative on the graduate studies committee, I help provide feedback between the committee and students on all graduate related decisions. I am also the head of Snacks for all grad club meeting, so please let me know if you have any dietary restrictions!

Ask me questions related to: maintaining a work/life balance and anything concerning graduate studies from a student perspective.

 

 

Yuan-Tai Hung

Yuan-Tai Hung

2nd year PhD in swine nutrition, and my research focuses on feed-induced optimization of nursery pig performance.

My hobby is doing jogging, physical exercise and handing out with friends for foods, especially after I work out. I am an international student, and I sometimes involve in the UMN Taiwan Student Association.
As Grad Student Board Representative, I am participating any activities that can facilitate the relation and communication between Grad students and faculty of CFANS.

Ask me questions related to: Grad club events, CFANS events, and issues related to grad student life

 

 

Ramya Lekha Medida

Ramya Lekha Medida

1st year Masters in Animal Science.

I love to keep myself updated with the happenings around the world. I enjoy reading and playing tennis. I also like to explore new places and get to know about new people and their 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 Citites

Ask me questions related to: Social programming, grant funding and advocacy

 

 

Trent Dado

Trent Dado

2nd year Masters in Animal Science.

Orchestrate the sale and delivery of Animal Science clothing. The clothing sales help promote our department to the University and public. It also serves as our club's primary fundraiser.

Ask me questions related to: Purchasing animal science clothing

 

 

Eric Houdek

Eric Houdek

2nd year Masters in Animal Science.

Barn Tour Coordinator

Ask Me Questions Related To: Barn tours, animal units

  

 

 

 

Mathia Colwell

Mathia Colwell

2nd year PhD in Animal Science.

As professional development chair, I aim to provide opportunities for students to learn, develop skills, and apply new knowledge to create a strong professional foundation. By arranging workshops and providing materials, students will become confident and prepared professionals during and after graduate school.

Ask me questions related to: How to set up meetings, communicate with advisors, prepare for conferences, and where the closest coffee shop is located. :)

 

 

Mickie Trudeau

Mickie Trudeau

3rd year PhD in Animal Science

As the social communication chair, I recognize the success of our students and help gather defense dates. I am in charge of the Pet of the Week, providing smiles through animals for the whole department.

Ask Me Questions Related To: featuring your pet for pet of the week, our closed facebook group and scholarships!

 

 

Rachel Mottet

Rachel Mottet

3rd year PhD in Animal Science.

As the social chair, I organize events that are strictly fun for grad students. Anything that will help students to relax and take a break from their everyday routine and get a chance to socialize outside of their inner department or lab.

Ask Me Questions Related To: taking a break or networking.

Club Officers


Glenda Pereira, President

Mateus Peiter, Vice President

Amanda Reiter, Treasurer

Devan Catalano & Glenda Pereira, Graduate Studies Committee Representatives

Yuan-Tai Hung, Graduate Student Board Representative

Ramya Lekha Medida, Council of Graduate Students (COGS) Representative

Trent Dado, Clothing Sales Coordinator

Eric Houdek, Barn Tour Coordinator

Mathia Colwell, Professional Development Chair

Mickie Trudeau, Social Communications Chair

Rachel Mottet, Social Chairs