Blumenberg, Whiteside Top Two Finishers in Bumpers College Research Symposium

Aryn Blumenberg (L) and Devin Whiteside

Aryn Blumenberg (L) and Devin Whiteside

Aryn Blumenberg and Devin Whiteside were the top two presenters in the Honors Research Symposium held by U of A's Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences in April.

The virtual poster contest was open to any Bumpers College student who had completed a research, creative or service learning project. The purpose is to create collaborative learning experiences for participants and student judges.

Blumenberg was the winner and received a $150 e-gift card, while Whiteside was second and received a $75 e-gift card.

Blumenberg's research is "Consumer Preferences for Lab Grown Meat: The Effect of Information on Consumer Choice." She is a food science major and was mentored by Nathan Kemper, assistant department head, undergraduate and internship program coordinator and associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness.

Whiteside's research is "Effects of Retail Case Environment and LED Lighting Temperature on Color and Oxidation of Previously Frozen Ground Beef Patties." She is an animal science major with a pre-vet concentration, and was mentored by Kelly Vierck, assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science.

The judges were Ian Gilbert, an animal science major and chair of the Bumpers College Honors Student Board; Jill Rucker, associate professor of agricultural communications in the Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Technology; and Kathi Jogan, co-adviser of the college's International Student Organization and instructor of equine science in the Department of Animal Science. 

About the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences: Bumpers College provides life-changing opportunities to position and prepare graduates who will be leaders in the businesses associated with foods, family, the environment, agriculture, sustainability and human quality of life; and who will be first-choice candidates of employers looking for leaders, innovators, policy makers and entrepreneurs. The college is named for Dale Bumpers, former Arkansas governor and longtime U.S. senator who made the state prominent in national and international agriculture. For more information about Bumpers College, visit our website, and follow us on Twitter at @BumpersCollege and Instagram at BumpersCollege.

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas' flagship institution, the U of A provides an internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $2.2 billion to Arkansas' economy through the teaching of new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and job development, discovery through research and creative activity while also providing training for professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the U of A among the top 3% of U.S. colleges and universities with the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the U of A among the top public universities in the nation. See how the U of A works to build a better world at Arkansas Research News.


Robby Edwards, director of communications
Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences


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