Hilbrands receives ROC Research Initiative Award

The University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) has 10 unique Research and Outreach Centers (ROC) in communities throughout Minnesota.  The West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC), Morris, is part of this system, and focuses on applied agricultural research and education.  Each year, the ROCs recognize exceptional employees who contribute to innovative ideas that strengthen our research programs.   We are pleased to announce that Ms. Adrienne Hilbrands of the WCROC, was selected as the recipient of the ROC Research Initiative Award for 2016.  

Hilbrands receives award

Dr. Lee Johnston (left) presents the Research Initiative Award to Adrienne Hilbrands (right)

Hilbrands has served as an Assistant Scientist or Junior Scientist at the WCROC in the Swine Research program since May of 2003.  She ensures that research project objectives are carried out, coordinates with other staff in following research protocols, conducts statistical analysis, and serves as a mentor for graduate and undergraduate students.  In addition, Hilbrands is also a certified ultrasound technician which enables WCROC swine researchers to monitor pork carcass composition using real-time ultrasound technology. Above all else, she has “an incessantly positive attitude” and seeks to “figure out how to make [challenges] work,” reports Dr. Lee Johnston, Director of Operations at the WCROC.  Hilbrands was given the award by Johnston on Feb 12, 2016.