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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.
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.

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.