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Dairy Science Graduate Students Chosen as Recipients of 2018 John Brandt Memorial Foundation Scholarship

headshot of graduate student Maryam Enteshari
Maryam Enteshari is working toward a doctorate in dairy manufacturing at South Dakota State University.
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Rhea Lawrence is working toward a doctorate in dairy production at South Dakota State University.

South Dakota State University Department of Dairy and Food Science graduate students Rhea Lawrence and Maryam Enteshari were recently announced as recipients of the 2018 John Brandt Memorial Foundation Scholarship from Land O’ Lakes. 

The scholarship program awards $25,000 to support graduate students pursuing a master’s or doctorate degree in dairy cattle nutrition, genetics, physiology, management, dairy food manufacturing, processing or marketing of milk and dairy products.

The students must attend one of four eligible institutions: South Dakota State University, Iowa State University, the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and University of Wisconsin-Madison. The scholarships are awarded each year in memory of John Brandt, an industry organizer who founded and remained president of Land O' Lakes from 1921 until his death in 1953. 

Lawrence is working toward a doctorate in dairy production under the mentorship of Jill Anderson in the area of dairy heifer nutrition. She received her bachelor’s degree in animal science and master’s degree in dairy production at SDState.

Enteshari is working toward a doctorate in dairy manufacturing in the area of hydrogenation of lactose for production of sweeteners under the mentorship of Sergio Martinez-Monteagudo. Her bachelor’s and master’s degrees are in food science from Shahid Beheshti University in Iran.

Lawrence and Enteshari presented their research at the annual meeting of the American Dairy Science Association in Knoxville, Tennessee, June 24-27.

“These awards reflect the excellence of these students in their respective areas and their potential as future leaders in the milk production and processing industries,” said Vikram Mistry, head of the dairy and food science department.

About the South Dakota State University Department of Dairy and Food Science

With expertise in dairy production, dairy manufacturing and food science, the South Dakota State University Department of Dairy and Food Science covers the entire spectrum of the dairy industry from farm to product. The department is housed in the renovated Alfred Dairy Science Hall, attached to the state-of-the-art Davis Dairy Plant. About a mile north of campus, the South Dakota State University dairy farm provides the source of milk for well-known SDSU ice cream and cheese products and is home to some 150 milking Holsteins and Brown Swiss cattle. The department boasts 100 percent job placement for graduates, offers more than $150,000 in scholarships to students and confers bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees.