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Spotlight – Emma Hessock

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Get to know our Animal Science faculty, staff and graduate students in our Spotlight feature.


MEET Emma Hessock, Research Associate I

What is the most exciting part of your job?
Having the opportunity to conduct meaningful research and contribute to the scientific community!

Who inspires you?
My mom. She has always encouraged me to strive to be the best person I can, and I know without her I wouldn’t be where I am today.

What is something you find challenging about your work?
Accepting that plan A may not work and that I need to have at least a plan B, C, and D for backup!

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A zookeeper or a veterinarian.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully in a faculty position at a university where I am teaching and have my own research lab.

Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?
Does teaching my cat how to use a toilet count as a hobby?

What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekends?
Experiencing nature! Whether that be hiking, walking/running on the various greenways in Knoxville or just driving out in the country.

What’s a skill you’d like to improve on?
Being able to perform OPU. It’s a skill I’m always jealous when other people can do it, and I know it would be a beneficial skill to be able to perform successfully!

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
I’d say I lead towards being an introvert, but once I get to know you I’m much more extroverted.

What’s your least favorite chore around the house?
Dishes. I’m very thankful for the invention of the dish washer.

What piece of advice would you give your 18-year-old self?
Be patient, you don’t need to have your entire life plan figured out when you start college!