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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.
During the internship, Azzara saw concepts he learned in his food science classes applied in  real-world situations. He helped to develop new ice cream flavors that should be in stores in 2017.
September 27, 2016

Set for Oct. 11 at the Bryce Jordan Center, Ag Career Day is an excellent venue for any undergraduate student looking for an internship or full-time job — just ask senior food science major Evan Azzara.

Throughout her college career, Caitlyn Pool enjoyed learning the modern dairy science behind the practical knowledge she learned from her father.
August 17, 2016

Though she graduated this past May with a degree in animal science, Caitlyn Pool’s education began years ago, at home with her father as her teacher.

Mikaela Hermstedt sits on the Cliffs of Moher.
August 4, 2016

Penn State Plant Science majors Casey Baxter and Mikaela Hermstedt may know all there is to know about the Irish potato famine. This past spring, they took HORT 499H Walking in the Footsteps of the Irish During the Irish Potato Famine: Examinations of New World Crops in Old World Societies. The honors class included a 10-day trip to Ireland after a semester of lectures on the potato and other essential crops of both the United States and Ireland.

Chase Palmer, a Community, Environment, and Development major, is spending the summer interning with the city of New Castle, Pennsylvania, inventorying blighted housing.
July 8, 2016

Urban blight in the western Pennsylvania city of New Castle is the focus of Chase Palmer's internship. The rising Penn State junior, double-majoring in Community, Environment, and Development and in Geography, will spend the summer looking back at the Lawrence County community's past, and looking ahead to its future.

Karoline Kent will transition to University Park in the spring of 2017, after she completes her remaining general education credits at Berks this fall. She is majoring in animal science with minors in agribusiness management and equine science.
June 29, 2016

Karoline Kent, last year's president of the 4-H State Council, had a seamless transition from high school into her college career. A rising sophomore at Penn State Berks, Kent is majoring in animal science with minors in agribusiness management and equine science.

Sara Prizzi stretched out by a glacier-fed stream in Iceland. She spent seven weeks there last summer taking classes, conducting research and learning the Icelandic language.
June 1, 2016

Sara Prizzi, a senior environmental resource management major in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, spent seven weeks in Iceland last summer taking classes, conducting research and learning the Icelandic language.

Hattie Henderson plans for her farm to change the public's general perception of gender roles in the industry. During her five years at Penn State, the senior from New Florence, Westmoreland County, also has studied marketing to prepare herself to run her own business.
May 25, 2016

What do farms, feminism and the future all have in common? Hattie Henderson knows the answer. With her interests in incorporating new techniques in the farm industry, she is changing what it means to be a female farmer.

Brett Abele, left, worked closest with the carpenters, as he personally taught them how to build the greenhouses.
May 11, 2016

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Brett Abele often thought about that quote from Margaret Mead during his time in Africa.

Participants toured private poultry facilities and government research installations in Spain where they learned about quality control, animal welfare and organic-vs.-conventional production issues.
May 3, 2016

A small group of students and faculty from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences visited Spain over spring break to explore the country's poultry industry and culture.

Animal Science major Antoinette Chase balanced academic and athletic life at Penn State for the past four years.
May 2, 2016

Studying to become a veterinarian and playing for the varsity soccer team sounds like a lot to handle, but Antoinette Chase has it covered. Now a senior, she balanced academic and athletic life at Penn State for the past four years.

Olivia Murphy Sweet poses with a lizard in Belize.
April 12, 2016

Olivia Murphy-Sweet was alone when she ventured into San Jose Succotz, a rural village in the Central American country of Belize. To supplement her coursework as an agricultural and extension education major and international agriculture minor, the senior made the five-week trip last summer to conduct research under the guidance of one of her professors.

Recent graduate Andrew Glass supervises 20 production brewers each shift. He credits his quick success in the industry to the Food Science program in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. When he entered the workplace, he found he already had the skills needed for the job.
April 7, 2016

Most people get to tour a brewery only once or twice in their lives. Fall 2015 graduate Andrew Glass goes to a brewery most days — brewing beer is his livelihood. The Reading native scored his dream job as a brewing supervisor for the Samuel Adams Pennsylvania Brewery in Breinigsville, which is one of the biggest craft breweries in the United States.

One student participating in the program was assigned to McKees Rocks (shown here), an urban community west of Pittsburgh. She will work with the McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation to strategize efforts for better food access.
April 1, 2016

In 2014, a group of undergraduate students and faculty in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences developed a plan to get students working in community- and sustainability-related fields long before they graduate. One of the main goals of the Scholarship, Sustainability and Civic Engagement Program is to give students professional experience in applying the community-development, civic-engagement and sustainability skills and knowledge they've learned in classes, working closely with local professionals.

Plant science major Rychele Stipcak has been a majorette at Penn State for four years.
March 29, 2016

One might think that balancing demanding studies and a high-profile, sport-related activity is difficult, but senior plant science major Rychele Stipcak, in the College of Agricultural Sciences, has mostly made it look easy.

Hattie Henderson is a farmer, farmhand and student who has teamed with her cousin to create a successful farming operation while changing the perceptions of women's roles in agriculture and conventional agriculture's role in our food system, according to Farm Credit.
March 25, 2016

A student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is among 100 "visionaries" being honored nationally through the Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives search.

Elizabeth Palmer pauses for a photo during her experience last summer at the United States Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska.
February 25, 2016

Senior Animal Science major Elizabeth Palmer learned a lot about livestock and cattle through her internship with the United States Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska.

Participating in 4-H programs from the age of 10 kindled Joshua Cassar's interest in poultry educational and career opportunities. An animal science major with a minor in poultry and avian science who will graduate in May, Cassar had 15 job offers from which to choose.
February 25, 2016

Twelve years ago, Joshua Cassar could not have foreseen 15 job offers, prestigious awards and a resume packed with experiences, internships and international travels. Back then, he was just a kid with an interest in agriculture and poultry science.

With what is left of his time, Josh Van Wyk plays on the men's club volleyball team. 
February 19, 2016

Some students, it seems, don't get nearly as much out of their college years as they should. They don't join organizations, they don't network to prepare for a job search, they miss too many classes and they don't truly experience campus life. That's not the case for Josh Van Wyk, who is using his college time to gain life experience, leadership skills and a jump-start to a great career.

Robby Ost jumped at the chance to experience the unique culture of Israel through a program called Onward Israel, which is offered through Penn State's Hillel. 
January 26, 2016

Robby Ost took his passion for business and the environment abroad last summer. The sophomore Environmental Resource Management major in the College of Agricultural Sciences traveled to Jerusalem, Israel, where he spent three months working for an environmental consulting business.

John-Claude Lacroix with three new cookie varieties he helped to develop.
January 18, 2016

As happens with many Penn State students, an internship led to a good job for John-Claude Lacroix. The recent Food Science graduate was hired by Stauffer's — maker of cookies and crackers — after he interned with the York, Pennsylvania, company during his sophomore and junior years.