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Champaign, IL (May 9, 2022)—The American Dairy Science Association® (ADSA®) is pleased to announce Jessica Schmitt as the 2022 recipient of the Genevieve Christen Distinguished Undergraduate Student Award. The award will be presented on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, during the awards ceremony at the ADSA Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Genevieve Christen Distinguished Undergraduate Student Award was created to recognize distinguished undergraduates who have demonstrated leadership ability, academic achievement, involvement in the industry, and participation in the ADSA Student Affiliate Division (SAD) and local club activities.

Jessica Schmitt will be graduating from Iowa State University, where she is triple majoring in dairy science, international agriculture, and agriculture and life sciences education—communications option. Schmitt grew up on her family’s dairy farm near Fort Atkinson, Iowa, which filled her with a strong commitment to promoting public understanding and appreciation of dairy farmers’ products. Following graduation, Schmitt will begin working full-time as the integrated communications coordinator for Dairy West, the checkoff organization of Idaho and Utah. During that time, she will also be pursuing her master’s in communication through Purdue University. Currently, Schmitt serves as the ADSA-SAD president.

It is with great pleasure that ADSA and the ADSA Foundation present Jessica Schmitt with the 2022 Genevieve Christen Distinguished Undergraduate Student Award.

About the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA)

The American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) is an international organization of educators, scientists, and industry representatives who are committed to advancing the dairy industry and keenly aware of the vital role the dairy sciences play in fulfilling the economic, nutritive, and health requirements of the world’s population. It provides leadership in scientific and technical support to sustain and grow the global dairy industry through generation, dissemination, and exchange of information and services. Together, ADSA members have discovered new methods and technologies that have revolutionized the dairy industry.