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College of Ag Science Summer Experience

Posted: August 13, 2015

The Office of Multicultural Affairs in the College of Agricultural Sciences has partnered with Upward Bound Math and Science to create the College of Ag Science Summer Experience.
What is Gluten? team (l-r): Charlene (mentor), Emily, Angela, Safriani, and Jared (mentor). Derek James, Co-director of CASSE in back

What is Gluten? team (l-r): Charlene (mentor), Emily, Angela, Safriani, and Jared (mentor). Derek James, Co-director of CASSE in back

The College of Ag Science Summer Experience (CASSE, pronounced "case") is a 6 week long, research intensive program for Pennsylvania high school students. Each group of students spent worked on a research project developed by faculty and graduate students in the College of Ag.

This year we had two teams:

  • What is Gluten? from The Department of Food Science, mentored by Dr. Ryan Elias, Charlene Van Buiten and Jared Smith
  • Biodefense Research: Virulence Factors Discovery, mentored by Dr. Girish Kirimanjeswara and David Williamson.

The students in CASSE rated their experience very highly. One student said "I would rate my CASSE experience a 10 because it was really cool to work in a lab and my mentor taught us everything we needed to know." Another really enjoyed her experience because it let her know other aspects of agriculture.

Biodefense Research: Virulence Factors Discovery, Team: (l-r) David (mentor), Bhagawat, Angela, Ana

Upward Bound Math and Science, Multicultural Programs

This is the third year of partnering with Upward Bound Math and Science, a federally funded TRiO program serving low income, first generation students, to bring these research experiences to students who would otherwise not get an opportunity to be involved with Agricultural Sciences. We look forward to providing opportunities next summer as well.