The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) and Center for Dairy Research (CDR) are pleased to announce that University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student Lauren Sipple has been awarded the 2020 Norman F. Olson Family Scholarship.
Named after the creator and first director of the Center for Dairy Research, this scholarship is awarded to students majoring in food science at UW-Madison. WCMA and CDR each contribute $1,000 to the annual scholarship, awarding the recipient with a total of $2,000 to continue their studies relating to the dairy processing industry.
“WCMA is proud to play a role in the academic enrichment of the next generation of leaders in the dairy processing industry,” WCMA Executive Director John Umhoefer said. “Lauren Sipple is a standout graduate student, applying her intelligence and work ethic to advance the dairy industry, and we are pleased to support her research.”
Sipple was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree from UW-Madison, before earning her master’s degree in sensory and consumer attributes of fluid milk at North Carolina State University. She is now pursuing a doctorate at UW-Madison, studying the physical properties of ice cream. Sipple is also serving on a CDR-trained sensory panel, evaluating dairy samples for general research and industry projects.
“Lauren Sipple is an excellent student who is aiming her professional career at serving the dairy processing industry,” Director of the Center for Dairy Research Dr. John Lucey said. “We’re pleased to join with WCMA to confer the Norm Olson Scholarship to this future PhD in dairy.”