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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.
For Samantha Fanelli, who is now in her first year of veterinary school, it was a challenge to balance all the activities she was involved in at Penn State. But they made for a rich collegiate experience.
September 7, 2013

At just 4 years old, Samantha Fanelli had a passion for helping animals. In high school, she knew she wanted to go to veterinary school, so she decided Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences was the perfect place to prepare, with its hands-on, well-rounded scientific programs. As an incoming freshman, she encountered a variety of opportunities that would open doors for her as a veterinary and biomedical sciences major.

Jennifer Chelko loves having the opportunity to share in Penn State's traditions and show her support for the University.
September 3, 2013

During the fall semester, Saturdays are big days for Penn State junior Jennifer Chelko. As a majorette in the Blue Band, she has embraced her role on the squad while pursuing a keen interest in toxicology and other sciences.

Alicia Rickabaugh conducted a variety of tests and projects at the dairy nutrition laboratory operated by the College of Agricultural Sciences.
August 20, 2013

Most folks never think about it, but cows contribute many things to our daily lives, and Alicia Rickabaugh learned all about them last year.

Last summer Forest Science major Brian Crooks conducted forest fire research in the Sierra National Forest of California.
July 23, 2013

After studying wildfire in a year-long independent research project, Brian Crooks last summer journeyed to the West for the first time to see the effects up close in the Sierra National Forest.

Blanca Lopez de Juan Abad has had a passion for animals for as long as she can remember.
June 25, 2013

She may not have her own show on the Discovery Channel, but Blanca Lopez de Juan Abad is doing her part to save wild animals

Forest science major Chelsea Kyler is doing research on the effects of emerald ash borer beetles in this ash plantation on the University Park campus
May 31, 2013

Forest Science major Chelsea Kyler is conducting research in an ash tree plantation on the University Park campus, which was established years before she was born, focusing on the effects of the emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle native to Asia.

Mike Lohr, who graduated in 2005 with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science, poses with a native Hawaiian sea bird. He is trying to protect their threatened populations from predators. It's the kind of work he always wanted to do, he said.
May 8, 2013

Mike Lohr early on knew exactly what he wanted to be. When he was a kid, he called it a "bird scientist." Now he knows the proper title is avian ecologist. The 2005 Penn State alumnus currently is involved in a groundbreaking conservation project at the Ka'ena Point Coastal Reserve in Hawaii.

Tyler Yost paused on a hillside above a German village.
April 26, 2013

Environmental resource management might sound like a white-collar desk job to most, but to Tyler Yost, it is much more. Last summer he studied abroad in Germany, where he had the opportunity to put his Penn State education to practical use.

Brockway, Pa., native Jenifer McAndrew works as a husbandry aquarium technician at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island near Manteo.
April 11, 2013

To most people, swimming with sharks in an enclosed area would be terrifying, but to Jenifer McAndrew, it is just another day on the job.

Devan Burns interned with the owner of the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia.
March 12, 2013

Most of us remember learning about ROY G. BIV when we were kids — the acronym for the sequence of colors in a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. But Devan Burns put her knowledge of the rainbow to use last summer.

Laura Davis poses on a footbridge over a river in Mozambique.
March 1, 2013

Laura Davis had dreamed of traveling to Africa for years. So in May 2012, she jumped at the chance to embark on a journey to South Africa and Mozambique offered through a Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences natural resources embedded course. The trip was a life-changing experience.