Hilton wins young animal scientist award
Gretchen Hilton recently received the Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science Young Animal Science Award in Education at the annual meeting in Atlanta, Ga.
Hilton, Oklahoma State University assistant professor in the animal science department, teaches Advanced Meat Science, Meat Grading and Selection, Livestock and Carcass Evaluation and coaches the meat judging team.
"Dr. Hilton has many talents, and we are very pleased that the American Society of Animal Science has recognized these. She is very knowledgeable about the meat industry and is skillful in sharing that knowledge with students," said Ron Kensinger, OSU animal science department head. "She brings excellent energy and talent to her position as coach of the OSU meat judging team. That team success is attributable to her ability to motivate students and teach technical information in a practical setting."
Hilton joined the department in 2006 and currently serves on nine graduate student committees, has four graduate students and advises 40 undergraduates in the OSU animal science department.
Since Hilton's arrival the team has won four national contests and the Australian National Contest.
"Dr. Hilton is also very professional and is an excellent role model for young women in the Animal Science program who aspire to also have a career in science or the private sector. She is most deserving of this recognition," Kensinger said.
Before joining the faculty at OSU, Hilton spent four years at Angelo State University where she assisted in the design, coordination and completion of their state-of-the-art meat lab and teaching facility. She secured $300,000 in funding to equip the facility. In addition, she initiated the meat judging team and coached ASU's first team in 2005.
Her professional affiliations include the American Meat Science Association, Intercollegiate Meat Coaches Association, American Society of Animal Science and Gamma Sigma Delta.
Hilton received her bachelor's degree in animal science from Texas Tech University, her master's and doctorate in animal science from Colorado State University and Texas Tech University, respectively.
The Young Scientist Award recipient receives a plaque, $500 and recognition at the annual meeting. To qualify for the award the individual must be less than 40 years of age, have made an outstanding contribution in education in the field of animal science, be actively engaged in education at the time of nomination and the programs must pertain to beef cattle, dairy cattle, horses, sheep, goats and/or swine.