Nick Boddicker, animal science, njb@iastate.edu

Stephanie Carlson, Iowa Pork Industry Center, stephc@iastate.edu
Sherry Hoyer, Iowa Pork Industry Center, 515-294-4496, shoyer@iastate.edu


Animal Science Graduate Student Honored with National Award


AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University student Nick Boddicker said it was an honor to be recognized by the National Swine Improvement Federation (NSIF) with its Lauren L. Christian Memorial Graduate Student Award.


“I am most proud of this because, by nominating me, my major professor Jack Dekkers considered me worthy of consideration for such an impressive award,” he said.


The Lauren L. Christian graduate student award is named for the first director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State and is presented annually to an outstanding graduate student whose research includes a swine genetic component. Recipients are selected by NSIF based on the scientific merit of their work and their commitment to the swine industry.


Boddicker is a doctoral student in animal breeding and genetics, including the use of genetic traits as a means of improving animal health. His research focuses on porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, also known as PRRS.


Boddicker, a Newhall native, said that receiving the award as an Iowa State student makes the experience even better.


“I was drawn to Iowa State for my bachelors degree because of the quality of the animal science department, and it reinforced my decision to remain at Iowa State for my masters and doctoral programs,” he said. “The experience I’ve had at Iowa State is second to none, and I’m grateful for all of the mentors, faculty, classmates and friends I’ve met here.”


Boddicker said he’s passionate about the swine industry and plans to work for an animal breeding company after completing his degree.


Iowa State has a strong record of being well represented by students who have received the Lauren L. Christian Memorial Graduate Student Award. Boddicker is the 11th such recipient since the award was first offered in 1993.




IPIC was established in 1994 as a coordinated effort of the colleges of Agriculture (now Agriculture and Life Sciences) and Veterinary Medicine at ISU. Its mission is to promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthen rural development efforts. IPIC focuses its efforts on programs that are integral and complimentary to ISU Extension and Outreach. Through IPIC, Iowa producers receive accurate and timely information to make their operations more efficient and profitable.


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