Stephanie Barnes, a graduate student, and Matthew Sniffen, an undergraduate student, were recently honored as Eastern States Exposition (ESE) scholarship recipients.
Barnes, born and raised in Douglas Georgia, is in her third year of the PhD program in the Department of Animal Science. Her advisor is Assistant Professor Dennis D’Amico. Barnes’ research focuses on identifying and developing antimicrobial strategies, including clean label approaches, to control pathogens and spoilage microorganisms in dairy products. In addition, she serves as the chair for the International Association for Food Protection and vice president for the Institute for Food Technologists Student Association, UConn chapter.
Sniffen, from Litchfield, Connecticut, is a junior majoring in applied and resource economics. He has been active in 4-H since 2008, served as an officer in the Litchfield County Fair Association, is a member of the Block and Bridle Club at UConn and was involved in FFA events and competitions at the Big E. Sniffen is part owner of Mountain View Farm in Litchfield, Connecticut.