Pet Food Conference

January 24, 2023 | 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET
Georgia World Congress Center B302-303 | Atlanta, Ga.
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Student Opportunities

The American Feed Industry Association is pleased to provide an opportunity for outstanding students to present their research or subject matter reviews during the AFIA Pet Food Conference. Three graduate students will be invited to present their work as speakers during the conference and undergraduate students will have the opportunity to present a poster.

Applications for student presentations is due Nov. 7, 2022.

Click here for full submission guidleines on the graduate paper.

Click here for full submission guidelines on the undergraduate poster session.

2022 Featured Students 

Clare Hsu



Clare Hsu is originally from Taipei City, Taiwan where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy in 2019. After graduation, she moved to Champaign, Illinois to pursue her studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Dr. Maria Godoy’s companion animal nutrition laboratory. Clare has been working on several projects since she started, including resistant starch in feline nutrition, hydrolyzed and plant protein in canine nutrition, and extrusion effects on protein quality.

Samuel Kiprotich


Samuel Kiprotich is a doctoral student supervised by Dr. Greg Aldrich in the Department of Grain Science & Industry at Kansas State University. Samuel’s research focuses on the use of non- thermal technologies and food additives to control foodborne pathogens in semi-moist and raw meat-based diets for companion animals. He earned a B.S in Food Science and Technology from Makerere University, Uganda, and an M.S in Food Science and Technology with a focus in food safety and microbiology from Iowa State University. Samuel has presented at an at an annual meeting for the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), Arkansas Association for Food Protection (AAFP) and Pet Food Forum (PFF).

Pawan Singh 


Pawan Singh graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Business. In Fall 2020, she began her Master's degree in companion animal nutrition with Dr. Anna Kate Shoveller. The focus of Pawan's research is grain-free diets for dogs, specifically the implications that varying levels of pulse inclusion have on canine metabolic health parameters and cardiac function. This year at AFIA, she will be presenting data from a six-month feeding trial that investigated the effects of pulse inclusion ranging from zero to forty-five percent in canine diets on echocardiographic and blood cardiac parameters.

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