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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.
Eric Ranck and Jennie Diehl agreed the most important part of the trip was the experience of seeing firsthand how the farmers lived.
February 13, 2015

A group of 12 Penn State students traveled to Thailand and Cambodia last winter to witness recent agricultural developments that could play a role in alleviating poverty and ending world hunger

One of students' main projects was to build an anaerobic digester -- or biodigester -- for a local dairy farmer. Drew Paul (left), had never heard of a biodigester before this trip.
February 4, 2015

In recent years, searching for renewable energy resources has become something of a treasure hunt. A group of Penn State students spent their spring break in Costa Rica learning about one of those “treasures” -- cow manure.

Nicole O'Block graduated from Penn State in 2012 with a degree in agricultural science and minors in international agriculture and leadership development.
January 20, 2015

Rewind to the year 2008: Only a college freshman, Nicole O'Block sits nervously in anticipation of her first Ag LEAP meeting, in which she enrolled on a whim.

Since she was 10 years old, Arianna De Reus has been volunteering in developing countries, where she has seen how poverty affects national security.
December 18, 2014

Arianna De Reus, a senior in the College of Agricultural Sciences, is moving ever closer toward her dream of working in national security. The Hollidaysburg native's next step in realizing that goal is a spring semester internship with the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

Kaitlyn Benson landed an internship last summer with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, working in the Clean Water Program. 
December 13, 2014

Junior Environmental Resource Management major Kaitlyn Benson traveled to Costa Rica in high school around the time of the BP oil spill, and was motivated to make a difference.

Jonathan Frankman views his trip as one of the most fulfilling experiences of his life.
December 5, 2014

Jonathan Frankman made the most of his recent trip to Southeast Asia. While studying abroad in Singapore, he earned credit for taking classes in immunology, genetics and pathology. He also found time to visit seven other countries over the span of just seven weeks.

Leah Giralico feeding an auodad goat kid.
November 18, 2014

Undergraduate students could take a page out of Leah Giralico’s book when it comes to figuring out a focus for their studies. Although the veterinary and biomedical sciences major in the College of Agricultural Sciences has always had a passion for animals, she came to Penn State unsure of what type of practice she wanted to pursue.

From May 2013 to January 2014, Eddie Harbaugh helped maintain the three full-sized fields that host Eagles, Temple Owls and Army-Navy games
November 11, 2014

Many people dream of setting foot on the same field as the Philadelphia Eagles, but only for a few is the lure of greatness marked by painted numbers, lines, borders, hash marks and logos. Senior Eddie Harbaugh is a turfgrass science major with such ambitions -- one who realized his goals as a grounds crew intern at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

November 4, 2014

Where in the world can you network with professional leaders in the food industry, visit the headquarters of numerous food-manufacturing plants and learn how to make a McDonald's Big Mac? That place would be the Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Food Institute in Chicago.

October 23, 2014

Penn State offers a wide variety of summer internship opportunities to its students. For senior Dylan Kubina, one of the most important guidelines for her research is a simple one -- don’t forget the bug spray.

October 17, 2014

The College of Agricultural Sciences' Ag Career Day is an event designed to bring students and the companies that need them together. For recent graduate Laura Elberth, last year's event led to a full-time job with one of Pennsylvania's oldest employers -- the Henry F. Michell Co.

October 15, 2014

After multiple internships and a professional job offer, senior agricultural systems management major Brenton Sutton has nothing but great things to say about the College of Agricultural Sciences' Ag Career Day.

October 7, 2014

A good day for most people does not begin with waking up in a cinder block room in an orphanage in Haiti, but as senior Cara McDonald can tell you, rewarding experiences do not discriminate. They pop up in unexpected places, are often the product of hard work and allow for continued benefits for a long time -- much like the moringa tree.

September 30, 2014

After visiting Europe, Central America and Africa, senior Kelsey Czyzyk has no plans to stop traveling.

September 16, 2014

Farming seven acres of land and selling the vegetables at two roadside stands, three grocery stores and a large market may seem like a lot for a student to take on. For Penn State sophomore Alex Cantey, it's business as usual.

Brynn Mauser posed near animal feed bags at Hubbard Feeds Inc., where she is an account manager.
September 2, 2014

Since graduating in 2008, Brynn Mauser has held a number of jobs, including positions at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the American Association of Meat Processors, but she found her perfect fit at Hubbard Feeds Inc., where she is currently employed as an account manager.

Penn State agroecology major Nancy Kammerer (right) talked with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Maxine Levin, of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, in Washington recently during a meeting with students and coaches from U.S. colleges and universities who took top honors at the International Soil Judging Contest in Jeju, Korea, in June.
August 22, 2014

The study of agricultural sciences can lead to incredible opportunities. Penn State student Nancy Kammerer discovered this firsthand during her recent trip to Jeju, South Korea, for the first International Soil Judging Contest.

Stephanie Roscinski, a 2011 Penn State graduate, is employed as an industry communications manager at Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association, where she puts her degree in agribusiness management to good use. 
August 18, 2014

Since she was a kid growing up in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Stephanie Roscinski has had a particular fondness for dairy animals.

Morgan Brown got experience working with exotic animals that she would not have been exposed to had she just worked in the United States.
August 8, 2014

Morgan Brown took a risk last August when she decided to be one of the first students to travel to South Africa through a newly developed immersion program.

As a freshman, Erica Mellinger -- shown here hamming it up with her research poster -- applied for the Hershey Summer Internship Program for 2013. Once accepted, she was placed in the lab of a graduate professor of microbiology and immunology to work on herpes virus research.
August 4, 2014

Sometimes a life-changing experience opens a student's eyes to what type of career she wants to pursue. For junior Erica Mellinger, that experience was the season of her father's sickness -- a time when he had to be treated in a hospital by research scientists.