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Experience Ag Sciences

Student stories from the College of Ag Sciences at Penn State highlighting experiences such as internships, club activities, studying abroad, and careers.
Rob Ritson posed before a pride of lions in Tanzania.
April 21, 2014

To junior Rob Ritson, African wildlife was the stuff of books and documentaries, not college experience. But a semester in Tanzania turned the exotic ecosystem into a place where he could bring his education from the classroom to the field.

Elyse McMahon headed west to be part of a study to determine if a new type of bait containing a trial vaccine could help eliminate the sylvatic plague in endangered Utah prairie dogs. Students collected data that U.S. Geological Survey employees analyzed.
April 17, 2014

Getting up before dawn never appealed to Penn State senior Elyse McMahon, but last summer it was exactly what she wanted to be doing. From June to August, her days began early with trapping and handling endangered Utah prairie dogs for data collection.

Sara Mueller poses in a hole in a glacier in New Zealand.
April 10, 2014

Not many students get to go to Craigieburn Forest Park or Mount Cook, but as Penn State senior Sara Mueller learned, Lincoln University in New Zealand is one school that builds field trips such as these into each semester.

As part of her internship, Olivia Lindsey (center) helped organize community events to generate interest in local-foods projects. Also pictured are Chelsea Holmes, of Women for a Healthy Environment (left), and chef Bill Fuller of big Burrito Restaurant Group.
April 8, 2014

As a member of the Penn State Women's Rugby Team, Olivia Lindsey knows a thing or two about teamwork. So it should come as no surprise that when she went looking for an internship last year, she was drawn to the idea of joining a 50-member multi-institution research team.

Penn State student Monica Caparosa worked in research and development and quality-assurance at StarKist's Pittsburgh headquarters.
March 24, 2014

Putting her dislike of seafood aside, sophomore Monica Caparosa jumped at the chance to intern with one of the leading seafood companies in the country. From May through July 2013, her days were filled with various tasks -- including sampling the tuna.

Last summer, senior Kurt Smithgall interned at the Coweeta Long Term Ecological Research Laboratory in Otto, N.C.
March 20, 2014

As an avid whitewater kayaker who recently qualified for the 2014 U.S. Wildwater Canoe and Kayak Team, it's no surprise that Kurt Smithgall found an internship involving rivers and water

Penn State softball player Kasie Hatfield poses with one of the dogs she worked with during her internship. Turns out she's a hit both on the field -- where she plays catcher and third base  -- and training animals with the dog-rescue operation.
March 4, 2014

Penn State senior Kasie Hatfield has always loved animals, so she jumped at the opportunity to return to her home state of Florida last year and help rehabilitate sick, injured and aggressive dogs.

Morgan Porter posed with a kangaroo during her veterinary internship in Brisbane, Australia.
February 3, 2014

Many students have the chance to study abroad. Morgan Porter, a senior Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences major, took the concept to a new level last year.

Jenna Mitchell on the coast in Iceland.
January 22, 2014

Your time at Penn State can be what you make it. Jenna Mitchell has spent a lot of her college time in the lab and doing field research -- and that's the way she likes it.

During his internship, Sean Fitzsimmons compared varieties of vegetables and flowers sold by Ball to those offered by the company's competitors.
January 6, 2014

Sean Fitzsimmons was one of the lucky 13 chosen from around the country to work as an intern at Ball Horticultural Co. in 2012.

Ashley Hallowell holds an owl at the Philadelphia Zoo.
December 17, 2013

Picture this: a flock of parrots gathered around a television, watching Cinderella. If that sounds unrealistic, think again. Ashley Hallowell, a graduate from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences veterinary and biomedical sciences program, got to witness this very spectacle during her internship with the Philadelphia Zoo last year.

Kenzie Brancato's internship at Ainsworth provided an invaluable look into the pet food industry, as well as the food industry, because they are so similar.
December 9, 2013

Penn State junior Kenzie Brancato had a revelation of sorts when she interned with Ainsworth Pet Nutrition last year.

According to Alexandra Lukasiewicz, the island of Bonaire prides itself on having the best diving in the Caribbean, with the best protected marine area and most 'pristine' reefs.
November 26, 2013

Alexandra Lukasiewicz got an up-close look at the oceans' mysteries while she studied abroad in Bonaire.

Part of Megan Romania's job as an intern for the Bradford County Conservation District was talking with farmers about nutrient-management plans.
November 12, 2013

Door-to-door sales can be a frustrating job, but last year, Penn State junior Megan Romania found satisfaction selling conservation to farmers.

Pittsburgh native Michael Bartolomucci, now a senior, is currently the president of the Adult Learners of Penn State student organization.
October 28, 2013

For Michael Bartolomucci, majoring in Agricultural Systems Management in college wasn't his first goal – it wasn't even his second or third. But now, as an adult student, he calls Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences home.

Teach Ag! Society students had many experiences to remember during their trip learning about agricultural education in the Southwest, but this volleyball game at a barbeque on a Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona stands out.
October 22, 2013

As part a newly formed organization, student members of the Teach Ag! Society in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences were not sure what to expect when they chose to do a domestic study-abroad trip to Arizona. But over the course of eight days, 1,500 miles, six agriscience-education programs and three national parks, they found more than they were looking for.

Alyssa Patt spent a summer examining pathogens and bacteria found in all kinds of places. As a public health intern, she worked in the Division of Microbiology at the Pennsylvania Department of Health
October 16, 2013

For the average person, ignorance is bliss. But for Alyssa Patt, not knowing was not an option during her internship with the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Grace Garbini with some of the  trees she planted as part of the hazelnut breeding research program she participated in.
October 3, 2013

Grace Garbini helped plant more than 5,000 trees in the summer of 2012. As part of a Rutgers University research project on hazelnut breeding, she was tasked with transplanting and inoculating hazelnut saplings to test their resistance to fungal infections.

Andrew Neal, a Schreyer Honors College alumnus, currently works as an air quality engineer for Trinity Consultants, a national air permitting and compliance consulting firm in Wexford, Pa.
September 17, 2013

Ever since Andrew Neal was a boy, the environment played a significant role in his life. Under the guidance of his father and the Boy Scouts of America, his appreciation for the outdoors grew into a passion, and it is what motivates him today in his natural-resource engineering career.