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Owen McDougal

Owen McDougal and undergraduate chemistry major Tyson Hardy presented their research at the annual BUILD Dairy conference hosted by Oregon State University May 30-31.

Tyson Hardy at a podium

The conference brings together more than 100 students, faculty, government and industry representatives from every aspect of dairy production from farm to consumer product. BUILD Dairy now provides over $100,000 in sponsorship for two research projects in McDougal’s lab.

Students Tyson Hardy and chemistry masters student Vannessa Campfield are the first funded BUILD Dairy researchers at Boise State. Their work will lead to fast, economical and easily implemented analytical methods to monitor levels of denatured protein during milk processing, and identify inhibitors of propionibacteria in milk used to make Swiss cheese.

The BUILD Dairy program funds student research, connects students to industry internships and facilitates career opportunities for dairy knowledgeable applicants.