Students attend MANRRS conference, win awards

Six CALS students along with staff advisors Tom Browne and Maria McGinnis attended the 28th annual Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) Career Fair and Training Conference in Sacramento, CA March 22-24, 2013.

In addition to building their leadership skills, networking with professionals and meeting students from across the nation, CALS students also competed for honors! Diana Perdomo, a senior triple-majoring in Dairy Science, Animal Science and Spanish competed in both the oral research and poster sessions at the MANRRS Conference. Perdomo was named national champion in the poster contest for her research “Inductive Heating of Native and Core/Shell Superparamagnetic Magnetite Nanoparticles”.

Margaret Debrauske, a senior in Biological Systems Engineering, competed in the Impromptu Speaking contest answering the question: “What would you say to 2013-03-23 21.04.51someone who questions the future of a career in agriculture?” Check out her speech and other photos from the conference on the CALS Career Services Facebook page.

Maya Warren, a PhD student in Food Science, currently serves as the MANRRS National Graduate Student President.

MANRRS is a national society that seeks to provide networks to support professional development of minorities in agricultural and related sciences careers. UW-Madison has a very strong MANRRS chapter. For membership information, contact Tom Browne at

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