Stefan Keller, a third-year student at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, has been named a 2021 Vet Fellow by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research and the Association of American Veterinary Colleges. Mentoring Keller in his research is Roger Stich, MS, PhD, a professor of parasitology at the CVM. Keller will be working with Stich to identify anti-tick vaccine candidates to block transmission of anaplasma marginale, the cause of anaplasmosis in cattle.
The award is only given to up to 15 applicants per year and provides a $10,000 stipend to be used to perform research with a qualified mentor. Along with the stipend, students receive an invitation to participate in a virtual meet-and-greet with FFAR and AAVMC staff, along with other 2021 FFAR Vet Fellows, and admittance to National Veterinary Scholars Symposium.
Keller says he is honored to have this opportunity. “I want to pursue a career in research at the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), and I am very excited to have the chance to connect with other students and professionals with similar interests,” he said.
By Nick Childress