Cameron S. White
Department of Animal Sciences
Animal Sciences - Animal Biosciences
Cameron White’s time as a member of the leadership team for the Animal Science Community Alliance (ASCA) has been equal parts reward and enjoyment. She met some outstanding people through this club and got to know them individually through their retreats, early morning meetings, and event planning. They always had at least one project underway, but it never felt like work, as everyone fed off of each other’s positive attitudes. As a member of ASCA, Cameron worked to reach prospective high school students, organize some of the biggest college and department-wide events, lead class recitations, and teach a science club at a local high school. All of these experiences were unbelievably rewarding, especially when she was able to see their efforts pay off.
The two summers Cameron spent in the Animal Sciences Undergraduate Research program were her most valuable learning experiences. She had never done research prior to being in the program, and from it she gained more hands-on experience and knowledge than she could have ever imagined. Not only was this an essential learning opportunity because of all the new topics and lab protocols she became aware of, but it also had huge impacts on her decisions concerning her future after graduation. When Cameron first started, she questioned if her initial goal of becoming a veterinarian was what she really wanted to do. After being a part of this program, and realizing how much she enjoyed research, she was able to definitively switch career paths, and is now working toward a future in academia.
After graduation, Cameron will begin her journey to becoming a professor of animal sciences by attending graduate school next year at the University of Illinois. There, she will be pursuing her master’s in animal sciences, studying swine nutrition.
Cameron would like to recognize Ms. Mariette Benage as her mentor. In Cameron’s own words, “Mariette has been a prominent part of my Ohio State career, even before [it] began. I initially met her when I first toured and was [a] part of a scholarship competition, and [then] continued to get to know her as my instructor for the Animal Sciences 1100 and 2700 courses. Mariette is also the leader of ASCA, so upon becoming a member of that club, I only grew closer to her through our weekly meetings, retreats, and planning committees. The reassurance of knowing you have someone who will always be in your corner cannot be understated, and it helped me immensely in adjusting to a life away from my home for the first time. Although I will be leaving Ohio State in a few short months, it’s incredible to know that I have made a connection with someone whom I feel like I can reach out to at any time in my future, and she will be there for me just as she has in the past.”
Service, involvement, and accolades: CFAES Peer Mentor | Animal Science Community Alliance | CFAES Student Council, public relations chair | Animal Sciences Academic Affairs Committee, student representative