Scholars Program established
In June ceremonies
at Patterson Hall, Embrex
Inc. and the College of Agriculture
and Life Sciences established the Embrex Poultry Biotechnology
Scholars Program in the North
Carolina Agricultural Foundation Inc.
will provide annual scholarships for the recruitment and continuing
support of undergraduate students in the Department
of Poultry Sciences science option and the Colleges
biotechnology minor. The program also will support on-campus and off-campus
internships and mentoring by poultry science faculty and Embrex scientists.
will be funded through an annual contribution of $2,500 from Embrex.
The awards will be made each year to an incoming freshman in the Department
of Poultry Sciences science option who intends to pursue the
biotechnology minor. The scholarships are renewable for up to four
years provided the student maintains a specified grade point average
and continues to take courses in the biotechnology minor.
Poultry Science Department and this College have a long-standing relationship
with Embrex, said College Dean James L. Oblinger at the signing.
This Scholars Program is a well-thought-out, hands-on program
involving class work, lab experience and internship experience. Were
pleased to have this opportunity.
Havenstein, head of the Poultry Science Department, said, A
large number of Embrex employees have come out of N.C.
State. This is a scholarship program we could advertise in high
schools to recruit students to come into this curriculum.
Ken Esbenshade, associate dean and director of Academic
Programs in the College, Theres been a tremendous
infusion of science and technology into the poultry industry. We want
to provide science and technology to our students so theyll
be invaluable to the industry.
like these encourage students to go into this field. Its a signal
to students that the industry is moving forward, that we expect them
to understand the science behind poultry production.
1985, Embrex is an international agricultural biotechnology company
focused on developing and providing in ovo solutions that meet the
needs of the global poultry industry. The companys unique integration
of several scientific and engineering disciplines enables it to develop
automated hatchery equipment and the biological products associated
with operation of those products.
235 employees worldwide, and 145 are located in North Carolina. Currently,
Embrex employs 30 N.C. State graduates, including nine with poultry
science degrees. Of its eight part-time temporary employees, five
are studying poultry science at N.C. State. And during the past 15
years Embrex and the Department of Poultry Science have worked collaboratively
to develop innovative technologies for the poultry industry.
of Embrexs success can be attributed to the outstanding contribution
that N.C. State University graduates have made to our company. Over
many years, our relationship with N.C. State has gone beyond hiring
N.C. State students and graduates. We have collaborated on research,
provided course instruction and internships, as well as conducted
market research and analysis, said Randall L. Marcuson, president
and chief executive officer of Embrex. Today, we proudly go
one step further in helping tomorrows poultry scientists achieve
their educational goals.