Novus Intern Spotlight: Nick Neumann
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“If there’s a home game we practice two hours a day, Tuesday through Friday. On Saturday, we’ll be there five hours before kickoff, plus the three hours during the football game. We basically have 16 hours of practice from Tuesday through Saturday,” said Novus biochemistry intern Nick Neumann about his main extracurricular passion.
Nick plays in front of tens of thousands of roaring fans each school year. Nick is a trumpet player for the University of Missouri–Columbia (Mizzou) marching band, a prestigious musical group that requires an intensive mix of talent, dedication and practice.
Nick is a rising senior at Mizzou. His campus involvement goes far beyond the marching band, an already significant commitment. He is also the treasurer for the Mizzou FFA Alumni Association, a CAFNR Stuco representative and active member of both the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Knights of Columbus.
This summer, he’s learned a lot more about the direction he’d like to take his career in the future.
“I’ve been thinking about whether or not I want to apply to medical school and get into cancer research or maybe pharmaceuticals,” Nick said about possible career paths he’s thought about. “God’s given me a calling, and that calling has been in research. That’s what I try to live out each day. I have a big passion for agricultural research, I’ve been thinking about this for years.
We asked him why he finds the food production industry to be an important one.
“Our population is supposed to increase by 2.5 billion people by the year 2050. As you see that population increasing, our quality of land and our sustainability will be leveling off. So by 2050 we’ll be up here in population versus down here in food production. You’ll find a gap. We’ll have to raise our food production levels up to meet those levels, and I know that agricultural research will help us get to that level” said Nick.