Awards and achievements in CAHNR

9-18 CT Scholarship - Megan Davenport
From left, CAHNR Dean Indrajeet Chaubey, Megan Davenport, Chair of the Eastern States Exposition Connecticut Trustees Rich Roberts and CEO of the Eastern State Exposition Gene Cassidy.

CAHNR students Megan Davenport and Sarah Warykas awarded scholarships at Big E

Connecticut Trustees of the Eastern States Exposition awarded an undergraduate and a graduate scholarship to two CAHNR students. The ceremony was held on September 18, 2019, the Big E’s Connecticut Day, in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

Megan Davenport, a sophomore majoring in animal science, was the Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient 2019-2020.

Davenport has been showing her dairy cattle at the Big E since 2010. She is an alum of the Woodbury Future Farmers of America Chapter, where she served as chapter president. She has been a part of the Busy Farmers 4-H Dairy Club since 2012.

At UConn, Davenport has been actively involved in the UConn Dairy Club, Block and Bridle Club and Horticulture Club. She has gained valuable experience as a farm hand and dairy plant worker for Arethusa Dairy Farm, as a veterinary assistant for Northwest Corner Veterinary Hospital and as a farm hand for Toll Gate Dairy Farm. She is pursuing a career in agricultural education.

Sarah Warykas, a master’s degree student in nutritional sciences, was the Graduate Scholarship Recipient 2019-2020.

9-18 CT Scholarship - Sarah Warykas
From left, CAHNR Dean Indrajeet Chaubey, Sarah Warykas, Chair of the Eastern States Exposition Connecticut Trustees Rich Roberts and CEO of the Eastern State Exposition Gene Cassidy.

Warykas received her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the Department of Allied Health Sciences. As an undergraduate student, she completed the requirements of the dietetic internship by completing clinical rotations throughout Connecticut at the UConn Health Center, Hospital of Central Connecticut, Manchester Memorial Hospital and Woodlake at Tolland Rehabilitation Center. She has recently taken the exam to obtain her Registered Dietitian Nutritionist credential.

Warykas was also very involved in community nutrition experiences through the UConn Coordinated Dietetics Program. Some of the her experiences involved the Foodshare Mobile Pantry, Manchester and Hartford Preschools, Hands-on Manna Food Pantry, Charter Oak Health Center, Freshplace Food Pantry, Waterbury Farmers Market, and Women, Infants and Children Office.

As a graduate student in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, Warykas is a member of Associate Professor Christopher Blesso‘s lipid metabolism research laboratory. As part of her thesis research, she will oversee a human nutrition intervention trial to investigate the effects of dairy lipids on cholesterol metabolism and gut microbiota composition in healthy men and women. She is pursuing a career in academia.


Nutritional Sciences Awards
From left, Dr. Christopher Blesso, Yoojin Lee, Emily Howard, Dr. Nancy Rodriguez, Dr. Ji-Young Lee.

Nutritional sciences doctoral candidates Yoojin Lee and Emily Howard receive awards for research excellence

Two Ph.D. candidates in the Department of Nutritional Sciences received awards for their research achievements. Yoojin Lee received the Hamilton D. Eaton Award for Research Excellence in Nutritional Sciences and Emily Howard received the 2019 Nutritional Sciences Award for Research Excellence. Lee’s advisor is Department Head and Professor Ji-Young Lee and Howard’s advisor is Professor Nancy Rodriguez.

By Jason M. Sheldon