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Amy Kraus named the College of Ag Sciences 2015 Outstanding Senior

Posted: May 8, 2015

Amy Kraus, an animal science major from Aliquippa, Pa. has been recognized with the 2015 Outstanding Senior Award. This award, sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society and the Coaly Society, honors the senior who best balances outstanding academics, extracurricular activities, work experience and communication skills.
Amy Kraus

Amy Kraus

A Schreyer Honors Scholar, Kraus will graduate with an expected grade point average of over 3.9. Throughout her Penn State career, she has been involved extensively in undergraduate research, practical work experiences and extracurricular activities.

As part of her honors thesis project in equine nutrition, she worked with faculty members at Penn State's Metabolomics Core Facility, where she prepared urine samples for gas and liquid chromatography and analyzed metabolite data.

Her experiences working at the Penn State Dairy Barns and at Brunton's Dairy in Aliquippa led her to pursue a career in the dairy industry. During spring break in 2014, Kraus completed a one-week externship in food-animal medicine, during which she shadowed veterinary students and specialists performing clinical examinations and surgeries.

To further develop her interest in dairy cattle, Kraus joined Dairy Science Club and was selected to be a member of Penn State’s Dairy Challenge Team that recently placed second at the national competition. She received the inaugural Commonwealth One Health Scholarship from the University of Pennsylvania to serve the Pennsylvania dairy industry as a veterinarian.

Throughout her childhood, Kraus was a member of 4-H, which helped her develop a strong passion for agriculture. This prompted her to join the Ag Advocate student organization and promote agricultural literacy as the 2015 Penn State Ag Day co-chair. She also developed a global view of agriculture through her study abroad experiences in France with an equine science class and in Italy with the Dairy Science Club.

In 2013-14, Kraus participated in the Emerging Leader Internship Program, in which she learned about the responsibilities of the college's administrative leadership team and worked with the associate dean for research and graduate education on a year-long project to organize the college's research strengths into four areas for effective communication.

A member of Block and Bridle, the Penn State Equine Research Team, Pre-Vet Club and the Coaly Society, Kraus has won numerous awards, honors and scholarships.