UK Graduate Student Spotlight: Morgan Pyles

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UK Graduate Student Spotlight: Morgan Pyles
Morgan Pyles plans to complete her doctoral program by the end of 2019 or the spring of 2020. | Photo Credit: University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture
Name: Morgan Pyles
From: Central Florida and Wyoming
Degrees and institutes where received: Central Wyoming College, associate’s degree in applied science in horse management, along with credentials in teaching riding and equine training technologies
University of Kentucky, BS in Equine Science and Management

Morgan Pyles decided to pursue further education after discovering her passion for education during her time as a teaching assistant at Central Wyoming College. Through family connections, Pyles was introduced to Bob Coleman, PhD, associate professor in equine extension, and quickly determined that the University of Kentucky (UK) was the school for her.

“After talking with Dr. Coleman, I knew that UK would be the best choice,” Pyles said. “Not only is Central Kentucky a great place to study equine nutrition, but the quality of the research and teaching in the equine program was exactly what I was looking for.”

After completing her bachelor’s degree, Pyles spent a summer working with Ed Squires, PhD, and Barry Ball, DVM, PhD, on a stallion study through the UK Gluck Equine Research Center. Through that study, Pyles met Laurie Lawrence, PhD, professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences, who is now advising Pyles as she pursues her master’s degree in equine nutrition

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