This summer, UW-Madison and Tuskegee University partnered together through a Farrington Internship to help Animal Science students determine career paths. The White Lab was pleased to have Naomi Waldon, an Animal Science major at Tuskegee, assist with feed efficiency projects and have her own independent laboratory project.
Naomi did not have lots of experience with cows at first, but that did not stop her! With guidance from graduate student Malia, Naomi was able to weigh cows, draw blood, and understand the inner workings of a farm. She was also able to work in the lab for an independent project which was an extension of Claira’s Master’s work. Even though she had some prior experience from lab courses taken at Tuskegee, the experience itself allowed her to shape her future goals for her career path after graduation.
It was great having Naomi in the lab, and we wish her best of luck in her endeavors!
Left: Malia (left) and Naomi (right) pipette serum into microcentrifuge tubes after collection from cows for lab analysis. Thanks to Michael P. King for the photograph.
Right: Naomi sets up the Catachem, an autoanalyzer, for analysis of the serum samples in the lab.