James V. Constantino
Animal Sciences - Animal Biosciences
Department of Animal Sciences
2020 Distinguished Senior Award Celebration Program (.pdf)
2020 Distinguished Senior Award Recipient Showcase Poster (.pdf)
Traveling to São Paulo, Brazil to present his research project on beef cattle at an international undergraduate research conference has been the most rewarding experience during James Constantino’s undergraduate career. As one of six students chosen to represent The Ohio State University, James presented to peers in the field of Animal Sciences and spent eight days in Brazil. He toured the campus and laboratories, experienced Brazilian culture, and enjoyed meeting students at the University of São Paulo.
As a student interested in research, James began working with Dr. Alvaro Garcia Guerra in the Department of Animal Sciences on beef cattle research during his sophomore year. His project examined a gene in beef cattle that led to multiple births due to multiple ovulations. James presented at the CFAES annual research forum and received second place in his category. In addition to his trip to Brazil, he traveled to San José, California to present his research at undergraduate research conferences. He plans to graduate with research distinction following the completion of his undergraduate thesis work.
Academic accolades achieved by James include: Dean’s List | American Society of Animal Science Scholastic Achievement Award | Department of Animal Sciences George R. Johnson Award | Kay Scholarship | Henderson Fund in Agriculture Scholarship | Sultzbach Memorial Scholarship | Undergraduate Research Scholarship | Kellogg Honors Scholarship | Hauk Memorial Scholarship | Honors Small Grant for Undergraduate Research | SEEDS: The OARDC Research Enhancement Competitive Grant | Luigi and Elisa Panichi Memorial Scholarship.
Serving as philanthropy chair for Delta Sigma Phi, James planned Dog Days, his fraternity’s yearly philanthropy event, which was the experience James identified as providing him with the greatest sense of accomplishment. He explained that the event is held right before finals week, allowing students to relax and unwind in the company of dogs by making a donation. All proceeds, over $4000 raised, went to a local animal shelter, Columbus Humane.
During the summer following his first year on campus, James completed an internship with Waterman Dairy Farm in Columbus, Ohio. He was employed as a milker on the farm and was responsible for daily milking among other chores. James also gave tours to visitors and helped educate visitors about dairy farming. James also interned with Ohio Wildlife Center working with species native to Ohio such as squirrels, rabbits, opossums, turtles, and birds.
James plans to further his education following graduation by attending veterinary school. He aspires to one day open his own veterinary practice and practice small animal and exotic medicine.
James selected Dr. Alvaro Garcia Guerra as his mentor, citing his central role as his advisor for his research project. James is grateful for the opportunities provided through his research project, and noted that it has shaped his entire academic career. They first connected when James was in his sophomore year and have stayed in touch. Thanks to Dr. Garcia Guerra who provided guidance and encouraged him to pursue many opportunities.