Kentucky Equine Research has established a graduate student fellowship at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture to honour the memory of Dr Larry Lawrence, a valued employee of KER for many years.
The Lawrence Fellowship, worth more than $25,000 a year, will fund a graduate student in a program of study related to applied equine sciences.
The first recipient is Catherine Whitehouse, a former Kentucky Equine Research (KER) intern who earned a degree in equine science at Lincoln University in England, where she prepared a dissertation on seasonal changes in nonstructural carbohydrate accumulation in pasture grasses as related to the etiology of laminitis.
"KER looks forward to supporting University of Kentucky's goal of improving the health and well-being of horses through the education of graduate students at the UK College of Agriculture," said Dr Joe Pagan, founder and president of KER.
Whitehouse will be advised by Dr Bob Coleman, an assistant professor in the Animal and Food Sciences Department and the associate director of the Equine Initiative.
"An important goal of the College of Agriculture's Equine Initiative is to provide relevant programmes for Kentucky's signature industry," said Dr Nancy Cox, associate dean for research at the UK College of Agriculture.
"To have an important industrial partner like KER provide a fellowship of this magnitude is an expression of confidence in our programs that is much appreciated."