The Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars Program is a unique four year certification program for UNL students. This program is part of a greater effort to improve beef education and research in the state of Nebraska, an initiative we refer to as BEEF .
**2013 NBIS Application Form**
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From production of calves and feeding cattle to slaughter and fabrication of beef products for consumers, the Nebraska beef industry holds a premier ranking in the USA. The University of Nebraska- Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources offers a unique educational opportunity for building tomorrow's leaders of the nation's beef industry. The program combines the strengths of Nebraska's beef industry and leaders with nationally recognized faculty to provide students with a highly focused, beef-centered educational experience.
The Nebraska BEEF (Beef Education Excellence for the Future) program ensures that UNL students, in various majors, will acquire the science, technology, business, and leadership education required for success in our beef industry. Students will engage in seminar courses with industry leaders and specialty courses in cow-calf production, feedlot management and meats processing, building toward a senior-level beef systems capstone course. An intesive internship in the beef industry is an integral component of the Nebraska BEEF program.
Students in the Nebraska BEEF program will develop as scholars of the beef industry. Located in Nebraska, the heart of the nation's beef industry, this program combines the knowledge and insights of industry leaders with science-based course led by nationlly recognized faculty. The excellence of Nebraska beef industry leaders and UNL BEEF faculty are the foundation for this program.
To be successful as a leader in the beef industry of the future, students of today will need an edge- an edge formed by a challenging, futuristic, industry- centered curriculum and learning ecperience. The Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars Program offers that!
Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars Q and A
What is the Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars program?
The Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars program is a unique educational opportunity to develop future leaders for the beef industry. It combines learning opportunities provided by Nebraska beef industry leaders and University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty. It is part of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's BEEF (Beef Education Excellence for the Future) initiative to enhance beef education in Nebraska.
What is the BEEF initiative?
BEEF recognizes Nebraska has the expertise, relationships and facilities to position the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as the premier North American educational institution for beef industry leaders in all segments of the industry from production to consumption of beef. The goals of BEEF include:
- Develop the premier resident 4-year program with a beef science emphasis with the most unique and highest quality experiences in beef industry leadership (Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars).
- Increase utilization of the World Wide Web to deliver beef education by distance for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education credits.
- Develop a beef production based Master's of Agriculture area of study.
- Expand the Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Program.
What makes the Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars (BIS) Program unique?
The Nebraska BIS program combines the knowledge and insights and direct involvement of leaders in the beef industry with science-based courses led by nationally recognized faculty. Students can focus intently on the beef industry through hands-on classes, thought-provoking seminars, internships and other activities designed specifically for them.
What careers are Nebraska BIS equipped for?
Graduates of Nebraska BIS Program will become the new leaders of the beef industry. They will become the seedstock breeders, ranchers, feedlot managers, processing managers, bankers, veterinarians and executive directors of beef and cattlemen's associations that assist in all aspects of beef production from conception to consumption.
What is the time commitment for the Nebraska BIS Program?
The Nebraska BIS program is completed as part of a 4-year Bachelor of Science degree and has course requirements in each of the 4 years. It can only be completed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
What are the requirements for Nebraska BIS Program?
Students must complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science, Agricultural Economics, Grazing Livestock Systems or other major in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources as desired by the student. As part of the 128 credits required for a BS degree in CASNR from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a block of 18-24 credits will be specifically required for BIS.
What courses are included in the required block of courses?
The courses are:
- Freshman, Sophomore and Junior Beef Scholars Seminars
- Beef Industry Study Tours
- Fresh Meats
- Animal and Carcass Evaluation
- Beef Feedlot Management
- Beef Industry Internship
- Beef Cow/Calf Management
- Beef Related Electives
- Senior Beef Capstone
How does one become a student in the Nebraska BIS Program?
All students entering a degree program in CASNR at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and indicating an interest in Nebraska BIS to the program coordinator will be eligible for BIS. Students must go through an application and nomination process during the fall of their freshman year. Applications will be made available online, or may be obtained from Dr. Matt Spangler or Allison Raymond in the fall. The application to the NBIS Program, will also be used to award NBIS Progressive Scholarships.
What are the future benefits awaiting UNL graduates with Nebraska BIS certification?
Graduates with the Nebraska BIS certification will be the best trained individuals entering into jobs in the beef industry. Their specialized education that combines scientific and practical skills is coupled with a strong network of colleagues gained through the Nebraska BIS program. Following graduation and accumulated industry experiences, Nebraska BIS participants are expected to evolve into the industry leaders of the future.