CORVALLIS, MT - Morgan Weidow of the Corvallis FFA Chapter is Montana FFA’s 2017 Star in Agriscience. The Star in Agriscience is awarded to the top student who best demonstrates knowledge and skill in agriscience research and experimentation. Her Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) is in Agriscience Research, Biotechnology Systems. The Star in Agriscience is sponsored by the National FFA Organization.
Morgan’s agriscience project this year was an internship at Rocky Mountain Laboratories. She participated in the Intramural Research Training Award program, working in the Neuroimmunology Unit under chief investigator, Karin Peterson, Ph.D.. Morgan’s responsibilities consisted of laboratory and equipment maintenance, understanding how to operate in a laboratory setting and conduct experiment procedures, assist with ongoing studies, and process tissues from murine studies conducted by Karin’s lab. Their main studies have been looking at LaCrosse Virus, Zika Virus, and other neurological viruses. Morgan’s work led her to be acknowledged in the paper, Adaptive Immune Responses are Important for Controlling and Preventing Infection in Brain and Testes, which was recently published in the Journal of Immunology.
Morgan plans on attending the University of Montana to major in biochemistry with the hopes of conducting research to benefit the agricultural industry and public health. Morgan is the daughter of Aaron and Aleta Weidow.
Morgan was named the Montana FFA Star in Agriscience in March at the 87th Montana FFA State Convention in Great Falls. Having received her State FFA Degree, Morgan is now eligible to earn her American FFA Degree and represent Montana in the competition to become the American Star in Agriscience. Likewise, Montana will have a Star Farmer, Star in Agribusiness and Star in Agricultural Placement candidate.
FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Nationally, there are 629,367 FFA members, aged 12-21. The Corvallis FFA Chapter is comprised of 146 members enrolled in 6 different high school courses and two middle school courses. To learn more about the Corvallis FFA visit www.corvallisffa.org.