Michigan State University Extension specialist Karen Waite received the 2013 Equine Science Society Outstanding Educator Award at the society’s 23rd Symposium awards banquet in Ruidoso, New Mexico, on May 31.
The Equine Science Society presents the Outstanding Educator Award to a society member involved in teaching, extension or industry who has demonstrated excellence in the area of equine education to students or to persons in the industry. The award recognizes the development of programs that are exceptionally effective at disseminating research-based information in a manner that has an effect on the long-term well-being of horses, the horse industry or both.
Karen received two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree from MSU and is currently working on a doctoral degree researching competitive equestrian activities through the theoretical framework of sports psychology. Karen started her MSU career in 1997 as a research assistant in Brian Nielsen’s lab. Dr. Nielsen is a professor in the Department of Animal Science and president of the Equine Science Society. In 2000, Karen became the equine Extension youth specialist. In 2008, she became the equine Extension specialist, overseeing both adult and youth equine-related programs.
Karen is a leader in integrating technology into educational programs targeted at the horse community. An active member of the eXtension HorseQuest Community of Practice, she lends her expertise as a curriculum writer, developer and expert for “Ask an Expert.” She is also an integral part of the My Horse University faculty, where she regularly presents webinars.