2001 President's prizes
The Annual Meeting in York saw the usual crop of excellent submitted papers and posters, many of them from our younger student members, who are researching aspects of poultry production as a part of their course of study.
Every year two prizes are offered, each taking the form of a framed certificate and a cash award, for the best oral presentation and the best poster. The judging panel once again had great difficulty in deciding on the two 2001 winners but, after much deliberation, the Presidents Prize for the best paper was presented to Victoria Sandilands from SAC Auchincruive for her paper on Effects of age and floor substrate on preen gland size and function in laying hens.
The award for the best paper is presented to Victoria Sandilands (left) by WPSA President Professor Sally Solomon.
The Prize for the best poster was presented to Jonathan Blount from the University of Glasgow for his poster on The relationship between dietary and yolk carotenoid composition in a wild bird: a supplemental feeding study of Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Larus fuscus)
Undergraduate Summer Vacation Scholarships 2001
It was announced in the Spring that two new awards were to be offered each year by the WPSA UK Branch to help undergraduate students to undertake a poultry science related project for a period of about eight weeks during the summer vacation each year. Each award would be worth £800.
The names of the two award winners for 2001 were decided by Council and announced at the end of the Annual Meeting in York. They are:
- Juliet Lay of Harper Adams University College, who will be studying the differences in nutritional responses between fast and slow growing strains of turkeys and comparing them with those of fast and slow growing strains of chickens, particularly looking at changes in gastrointestinal physiology.
- Karen McGonigle of the University of Ulster, who will be studying the possible role for Annatto (Bixa orellana) in lowering the cholesterol content of eggs.
We congratulate them both on their awards, wish them success in their studies and we look forward to publishing their conclusions next year