PSA Insights
Hatchery News

The PSA Hatchery is the student branch of PSA and offers unique and valuable opportunities for Poultry Science students. The PSA hatchery is composed of two Student Directors, as well as 12 Regional Directors and University Ambassadors around the world.

Throughout the next year, the PSA Hatchery team will be involved in a project led by Sarah Cloft, Region 1 Director. The project will aim to produce a data base of University Poultry Science programs within PSA's regions. This will allow us to compile Poultry Science opportunities to share with prospective and current students who wish to have a career in poultry science. Likewise, the database will be a valuable tool for those looking for research collaborators.

Moreover, the PSA Hatchery holds a strong value in communications, and we hope to share opportunities related to poultry science with prospective and current students. These opportunities are posted for PSA student members in the PSA Hatchery groups on LinkedIn and Facebook, but can also be found in the Hatchery website ( Currently, Zinpro and Diomond V undergraduate scholarships are open for application which will close on December 31, 2021. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, or visit the PSA Hatchery website for more student opportunities and details.

Finally, the university ambassadors in our team excel at sharing the opportunities within their departments. The complete list of Hatchery leadership is available on the PSA Hatchery's website. If your university does not have an ambassador, and you are interested in facilitating Hatchery communication at your university, please contact us (!

Gabriela Cardoso Dal Pont
Senior Student Director, PSA Hatchery
2022 PSA Awards
Nominations Open Now!

PSA is pleased to open nominations for the 2022 awards cycle. Award recipients will be recognized at the 2022 PSA Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas next Summer.

Please note awards that are unique to this application cycle include:
  • American Poultry Historical Society Award
  • National Turkey Federation Award
  • Poultry Welfare Research Award
  • PSA Early Achievement Awards for Teaching and for Research

Nominations will be accepted now through March 1, 2022.

A full list of awards, nomination criteria, and required documents are available on the PSA website here.
Let's "Squawk" About It
Water Efficiency Research
Join PSA to discuss a novel research area, water efficiency in poultry, with Samuel E. Aggrey, PhD. Sammy discusses upcoming research and how this concept is beneficial not only to poultry, but to everyone.

Want to Participate?
Do you want to squawk with us? Complete the Get Involved with PSA Form to submit your topic for consideration on Let's Squawk About It.

PSA Member Spotlight
Are you interested in being featured in a Member Spotlight? Or maybe you would like to nominate someone? Complete the Member Spotlight submission form here!
Mary Anne Ottinger

Current Employer:
University of Houston

  • Bachelor's Degree - University of Maryland
  • Master's Degree - University of Maryland
  • PhD - University of Maryland

Area of Expertise:
Reproductive endocrinology, ecotoxicology, comparative biology of aging.

Where did you grow up and did you have poultry in your youth?
Utica, NY and Black Mountain, NC; large gardens and orchard—no poultry. Reforestation and other ecosystem sustainability activities. 

What was your first job out of school and what were your responsibilities?
NIH postdoc investigating the effects early hormone exposure followed closely by appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Poultry Science, UMD.  

If you had a motto that applied to your daily professional career, what would it be?
Multidisciplinary and multidimensional—made possible by outstanding students and colleagues.

What value does PSA membership offer you?
Valuable network of colleagues and friends throughout many decades.

What is your favorite poultry breed?
Interpretive Summary
Stopping Poultry Pandemics

This study from The Journal of Applied Poultry Research dives into carcass disposal for poultry producers. Researchers look at how much producers are willing to spend on additional proper disposal capacity and some alternatives to off-site disposal.

With the risk of disease spreading rapidly, the need to dispose of carcasses quickly is crucial to flock health.
PSA Scholarship Opportunities
Applications Open for 2022

Applications are now being accepted for students interested in applying for the 2022 Diamond V Undergraduate Poultry Science Scholarship and the Zinpro Corporation’s Undergraduate Poultry Science Scholarship.

Complete elegibility requirements as well as materials and information needed for the applications are available on the PSA Website here.

The deadline to submit applications for consideration is Friday, December 31, 2021.
Mark Your Calendars!

PSA is pleased to bring back the Five Drive! Show your support for PSA throughout the month of November in one of two ways (or both!). Donate $5 to the PSA Foundation's General Fund, OR, help PSA recruit 5 new Student Members. Details and resources are available on the PSA website at the link below.

#GivingTuesday is on November 30, 2021. This day is recognized as a day of giving during the holiday season. Consider making the PSA Five Drive part of your generosity this year!
Additional Reading
Impacting Yolk Pigmentation Using Orange Corn
Eggs with deeper colored yolks are perceived by consumers as having higher nutritional quality in conjunction with potential health benefits. This research note applies a supplementation of orange corn to poultry diets in order to enhance the egg yolk color. The note also touches on how deepening yolk color can also increase the eggs' levels of zeaxanthin, a nutrient that can aid in preventing macular degeneration as well as offering other health benefits.
IPSF 2022
Deadline to Submit is TODAY (Nov. 10, 2021)

The International Poultry Scientific Forum is accepting abstract submissions to be presented at the 2022 forum until this evening at 11:59 PM EST.
Grant Funding Opportunity
Egg Industry Center Seeking RFPs

Researchers from across the U.S. and Canada are invited to submit their innovative ideas for consideration in the 2021 Egg Industry Center (EIC) Grant Award Program. On average, researchers making the full proposal stage have a more than 50% chance of having their project funded. The deadline for this year's two-page pre-proposals is December 3, 2021.