The primary objective for ASURSA is to provide opportunities for students to participate actively in research. Students may get involved in group projects or associate with one faculty and perform more independent research. Activities can include planning, funding, conducting the methods, laboratory work, analysis of data, presentation, and publication.
The MSU Avian Science Club is open to all MSU students, undergraduates, and graduates. An interest in poultry or other avian species is desirable, but not required. The club has both social and professional attributes. Students can attend the annual trip to the Southeastern Poultry Convention each January in Atlanta, GA where many of the members have successfully interviewed with several dozen companies. Other activities include a summer camping and canoe trip on one of Michigan's rivers, a team in the Ag Olympics, a spring trip which has included Toronto and Eli Lilly in Indianapolis, participation in Autumnfest, and the poultry farm exhibits for Small Animals Day each April. Club goals are to promote leadership, friendship, participation in activities, and promotion of poultry and animal science. The club has recently initiated a turkey sale for Thanksgiving. They raise the birds at the Poultry Teaching and Research center and process them at the MSU Meats Laboratory.
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Block and Bridle sponsors many events that provide learning opportunities for students through meaningful, hands-on participation. The Little International brings students from all majors together to compete for the coveted Jack MacAllen Award given to the best overall livestock show person. University animals are prepared by each participant with the novice receiving help and guidance from the more experienced club members in a spirit of fellowship and competition.
Another purpose of the Block and Bridle Club is to promote and maintain student contact with the Michigan livestock industry. Each year the club sponsors the Block and Bridle Recognition Banquet which honors Animal Science students and alumni. They also recognize an Honored Guest who has made a significant contribution to the Michigan livestock industry.
The Block and Bridle Club students volunteer time to work with the livestock industry at various events throughout the year. Each spring the club organizes and manages the Junior Steer and Heifer Show at the Michigan Cattlemen Association’s Beef Expo, attracting youth exhibitors from the tristate area. In June they host the Northern Exposure Lamb Show.
In addition to these club-sponsored activities, members participate in other college and university events such as Autumnfest, Small Animal Days, and Ag Olympics. An annual trip to the national meeting allows members to interact with students from other universities. The Block and Bridle Club is a worthwhile and rewarding opportunity for students that provide social, personal, and academic growth for all its members.
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The Michigan dairy industry is one of the largest in the nation, creating the need to educate and train dairy students at Michigan State. Many of the students in the Dairy Club will have active roles in the Michigan dairy industry in the near future in production or agri-business. In addition to the social and educational activities of the MSU Dairy Club, the club has two primary purposes. The first is to promote the dairy industry and the second is to increase the contact between the members of the Dairy Club and the Michigan dairy industry.
The annual Christmas Cheese Sale has been a tradition of the club for many years, providing quality dairy products that make great holiday gifts! In addition, the Dairy Club is a co-sponsor for the calf sale in the spring. These business activities provide students with experience not obtainable in the classroom and, at the same time, promotes dairy products and provides visibility for MSU.
The annual Recognition Banquet serves to bring students, alumni, dairy industry organizations, parents, and dairy farmers together to recognize the efforts of outstanding students, alumni, and industry leaders. The interaction of these groups serves an important function for Michigan’s dairy industry.
Annually, over 20,000 consumers and 5,000 producers have been reached through the combined activities of the MSU Dairy Club. The officers, club members, and alumni can be proud of their organization and accomplishments. Our industry can be proud of these students who are the future of the Michigan Dairy Industry.
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The MSU Driving Club originated in 2004 in response to an increased interest among students in draft horses and driving horses in general. The goals of the MSU Driving Club are to promote the driving of horses at MSU and in the community. We aspire to support and revive the heritage of draft horses through participation in community service with draft horses. We appreciate and try to build continued support for the MSU Draft Horse Endowment Fund.
Club activities focus on draft horse driving at the MSU Horse Teaching and Research Facility and the Great Lakes International Draft Horse Show and Pull. Club members have hands-on opportunities with the MSU Draft Horses and volunteer opportunities within the draft horse industry.
Equestrian Team • Polo Team • Dressage Team • Hunt Set Team
The MSU Horsemen’s Association is designed for all those interested in the horse industry. The Horsemen’s Association objectives and purpose are educating the community and the MSU student body about horses and the horse industry; promoting horses and the horse industry; providing educational and social opportunities for MSU students interested in horses; providing the opportunity for members to participate in industry-wide activities; creating enriching experiences that expand knowledge and broaden perspectives of the horse industry; serving as a liaison between students at MSU, local horse industries, and university faculty, staff, and administration; stimulating interest in horse-related professions for future horse industry leaders; and fundraising for other equine-related students clubs.
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The MSU Rodeo Club originated in 1969 and is a member of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA). Its goal is to encourage further education through the promotion of collegiate rodeo competition. Prior experience is not necessary to be part of the Club. All that is needed is an interest in the sport, meeting people, and having fun.
Club activities focus on the Annual Spartan Stampede Rodeo which the Club organizes and promotes. The Spartan Stampede is one of the most successful rodeos hosted by a university in the country. It has a reputation for quality stock and management that calls cowboys and cowgirls from all parts of the U.S. The MSU Rodeo Club’s Spartan Stampede was chosen by membership of the International Professional Rodeo Association as the 2011, 2012, and 2013 IPRA Indoor Rodeo of the Year.
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MSU’s Pre-Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) is an undergraduate club for aspiring veterinarians, veterinarian technicians, researchers, and numerous other animal-related pre-professions. PVMA offers its members the chance to network with other students with similar interests through social events like horseback riding, movie and games nights, soccer, and cross-country skiing. Members can participate in unique experiences such as putting their arms inside of live cows' stomachs, working with clicker trainers, brushing the teeth of ferrets, holding various exotic animals, performing necropsies on raptors, studying x-rays, or administering feeding tubes!