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College Overview|College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Facts and Highlights
Total Enrollment
(Fall 2013)
1036
Undergraduates 880
Graduate students 156
Student Body Statistics
Female 56.5%
Male 43.5%
Wyoming residents 62%
Out-of-state residents 32%
International students 6%
Full-time faculty members 107
Faculty to student ratio 1:10
Classes taught by full-time faculty 83%
Average class size 22

Figures are for the 2012/13 academic year

Facts and Highlights

  • The college awarded 180 scholarships totaling $365,000 in 2013/14
  • Seven departments with as many as 23 exciting degree programs to choose from
  • Received $15.3 million in research grants in 2013
  • 1:10 faculty to student ratio
  • Free in-house tutoring

FIRST TO OFFER

Twenty years ago the college rolled out a new major making it the first land-grant university to offer this interdisciplinary undergraduate major. Enrollment is now 45 from the eight original students in 1993. Can you guess the major? *For the answer see bottom of page.

UNIQUE STUDENT EXPERIENCES

  • Beyond the Classroom. Students receiving support from this program have participated in an international study course with Ecole Supérieure d'Agriculture, the agriculture university in Angers, France. Other students have participated in cultural education programs in Japan, a natural resource management survey in Nepal and an honors program course in the Galapagos Islands.
  • ACRES Agricultural Community Resources for Everyday Sustainability. ACRES Student Farm is a 1.8 acre vegetable farm that is community oriented, volunteer based, and student run. Students from across the UW campus grow produce using sustainable methods and strive to support and promote local agriculture. The Student Farm additionally participates in the local Laramie Farmer's Market every summer. http://www.uwyo.edu/uwacres/
  • SEND Student Engagement and Networking Drive. Thanks to generous donors this fund, established in 2012, has helped over 90 students attend professional association meetings, conferences, R & E Center field days and other educational trips that enhance student's academic goals and professional development.
  • The Wyoming Reclamation Restoration Center (WRRC) housed within the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management helps to maintain and protect Wyoming's land, air, water and wildlife by promoting restoration of disturbed ecosystems. Graduate students have worked on soil erosion, weed, and sage-grouse issues as related to land reclamation and habitat restoration.
  • Meat Judging Team just accomplished two consecutive contest wins in a single year! First-place at Iowa State Meat Evaluation contest and at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo along with a number of individual honors.
  • Students work and gain real-world experience at the Department of Animal Sciences full packing plant on the UW campus. Students participate in the entire process from slaughtering the animals to cutting, packaging and customer service.

TEACHING IS OUR PASSION… AND THE REASON WE'RE HERE

Three faculty members have been honored as Mortar Board Top Profs. Mortar Board is the senior class honorary. Making a difference for students were Rachel Watson, Lecturer Assistant in the Department of Molecular Biology; Shane Broughton Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Human Nutrition and Food Program Option; and Paul Ludden Associate Professor, Ruminant Nutrition in the Department of Animal Science.

Rachel Watson, associate lecturer in the Department of Molecular Biology was named the 2013-14 recipient of the University of Wyoming James C. Hurst Each Student-A Person Award which recognizes members of UW's faculty who "go above and beyond their normal responsibilities to personalize the student experience and who create a warm and caring environment for students."

Alex Latchininsky received the Faculty Achievement in Internationalization award for 2014. Working with Niger, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Russia and so on, Latchininsky's grasshopper and locust control efforts make him a world leader in developing biologically sound, economically viable and environmentally acceptable methods of grasshopper and locust control.

Associate Professor Enette Larson-Meyer received the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) Achievement Award. Larson-Meyer specializes in human nutrition in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and is director of the UW Nutrition and Exercise Laboratory.

Jay Gatlin assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Biology has been named a 2014 Pew Scholar, marking the first time a University of Wyoming faculty member has received this prestigious award. The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. Gatlin recently received the Early Career Achievement Award from the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) at UW.

THE VALUE OF RESEARCH

  • Dan Wall is an associate professor in the Department of Molecular Biology. His research focuses on building blocks that could someday prevent some disease bacteria from becoming resistant to antibiotics. This $20 million, five-year grant is the largest ever given to UW from the National Science Foundation's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.
  • Wondering why your cattle herd isn't performing well? Kristi Cammack, assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science is searching for the answer. She is looking for the genes that make cattle tolerant of sulfur. Across the West and in Wyoming water with high-sulfur content can pose a problem to ruminant livestock. She is also recipient of the Top 10 Industry Leaders by the Cattle Business Weekly.
  • Jay Gatlin recently published a paper entitled, "Changes in Cytoplasmic Volume Are Sufficient to Drive Spindle Scaling" in Science, the top scientific journal in the United States. His paper explores the structure and function of the cellular spindle apparatus providing insight into mechanisms of cell division. He is an assistant professor in the Department lf Molecular Biology.

*Agroecology. For more information on Agroecology http://www.uwyo.edu/esm/undergraduate-programs/minors/agroecology-minor.html

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