How CFAES helped Laura Tavera find her calling

CFAES student Laura Tavera poses, smiling, with dairy cows

Laura Tavera, a native of Puerto Rico, came to CFAES through a scholarship from Ohio State alumnus Mike Chema, which grew from their shared love of horses (check out their story at 

But after taking dairy nutrition courses in CFAES, working at the college’s Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory dairy farm, and being smitten by it all, Tavera is now on a path to a career with a different kind of four-legged animal.

“I want to be a dairy nutritionist,” says the animal sciences major, who is minoring in agribusiness and studying in the Dairy Certificate Program.

That wasn’t always the case. “Before I came to Ohio State,” she says, “I had never even touched a cow.”

What changed for her? Read the full CFAES Story.