Georgia Tech Research Institute received a $2,333 student recruiting grant from the USPOULTRY Foundation. The check was presented by Elton Maddox, President of Wayne Farms, and USPOULTRY board member, to Steven Thomas, Communications Officer for the Georgia Tech Research Institute Food Processing Technology Division. Mike Giles and Abit Massey, from the Georgia Poultry Federation, assisted in the check presentation.
“Georgia Tech Research Institute's Agricultural Technology Research Program is working with the USPOULTRY Foundation and universities with poultry science departments to create a “smart app” for student recruitment, which will work on Apple's iPhone and iPad, Android phones and desktop computers. The “smart app” will provide information for students and parents explaining what a poultry science degree entails, employment opportunities after graduation, and paths to successfully choosing the right program. Geared toward high school students, the “smart app” will use social media outlets, such as Facebook and Twitter, to allow potential students to interact with current students,” commented Thomas.
The USPOULTRY Foundation board approved student recruiting grants totaling more than $180,000 to the six U.S. universities with poultry science departments and 14 other institutions with poultry programs. The Foundation provides annual recruiting funds to colleges and universities to attract students to their poultry programs.