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MSU students and alumni, winners at 5th North American Duck Symposium

Posted on 8/24/2009 by Rick Kaminski

Mississippi State University was well represented at the 5th North American Duck Symposium in Canada, with 49 presentations made by current students, faculty, and alumni.

Winners in the annual event, included alumnus Josh Vest, a current doctoral student at Utah State University. Vest received third place for his oral presentation on research conducted on the Great Salt Lake in Utah. He also received a travel scholarship.

Doctoral candidates Heath Hagy and Jacob Straub faired well in the competition, garnering second place for their poster presentation entitled, "A reliable correction factor for recovery of moist-soil seeds from core samples." The pair also received travel scholarships to the symposium.

Master’s student Elizabeth St. James placed second in the poster presentation competition for research on the effects of hunting frequency on waterfowl use, harvest, and hunt quality on Mississippi Wildlife Management Areas.

Congratulations to the former and current student who represented Mississippi State University well during the five-day conference.