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Nicole Gross

Nicole-Gross-crop-2Throughout her time at UW-Madison, Nicole Gross, a senior majoring in Animal Sciences, has challenged herself to always be learning. With her long list of classroom, extracurricular and work activities, she has certainly met that challenge.

In the classroom, Gross found one of her most valuable experiences to be her mentored project for Biology 152, which introduced her to the world of research. “I was forced to think critically about the scientific process and the relationship of my project to the swine industry and other aspects of animal agriculture,” says Gross.

Outside of class, Gross has been a part of several organizations such as Hoofers, the Badger Dairy Club and Babcock House. She is most heavily involved in the Saddle and Sirloin Club where she is currently the treasurer.

Gross challenges herself even when classes aren’t in session. During one summer, she worked as an intern on a swine operation in Marum, the Netherlands where she gained knowledge about the differences between U.S. and European agricultural systems. Last summer she took an in vitro fertilization class, which allowed her to become certified and strengthen her knowledge of animal reproduction.

In recognition of her hard work and dedication, Gross received the Walter C. & Mabel J. Topel Animal Science Scholarship for the 2014-2015 school year. Going forward, she hopes to contribute to the field of animal health by working in research, veterinary medicine, pharmaceuticals or production agriculture.