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2017

Schreyer Scholar aims to create cost-effective policies that protect environment
November 8, 2017
Aaron Blakney always had an interest in studying — and advocating for — the environment, but he was initially concerned he wouldn’t have enough of a human impact if he went down that particular path.
Student takes on challenges, earns degree and sets sights on medical school
November 7, 2017
"I can honestly say it would have been easier for me to climb out of a 100-foot well, though I would not have learned nearly as much."
A half-century later, Ag Sciences roommates establish scholarship together
November 7, 2017
"When we get together this year, it will be 51 years in a row," said Thomas Mischen, of Gibsonia, a 1970 graduate of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Students dig in to help create new value from potatoes
November 1, 2017
Sterman Masser, Pennsylvania's largest potato producer, knows consumers aren't reaching for 5- and 10-pound bags of raw potatoes like they used to. Growing its business means adding more new and convenient products, so the company is eyeing a new spot in the grocery store's produce department: the ready-to-eat, precut fruits and vegetables section.
Cacao pioneers: Meet Penn State's Colombian Fulbright Scholars - Penn State University
October 31, 2017
Four new Fulbright Scholars, who arrived at the College of Agricultural Sciences in August, are looking to economics, sociology, and soil and plant science research for ways to put Colombia at the forefront of the world's cacao production. Under the guidance of faculty at Penn State, they will attempt to tackle some of the country's most pervasive issues, from education to production challenges and corruption.
Ag Sciences student explores global food practices, nutrition
October 10, 2017
Not every Penn State student can say her research has taken her halfway across the globe, but senior Emily Seiger can. The Lewisberry, Pennsylvania, native spent three weeks in Bangladesh conducting research related to food safety and hygiene practices.
Ag Sciences students to represent Penn State at World Food Prize Symposium
October 9, 2017
Five students enrolled in College of Agricultural Sciences programs will represent Penn State at the 2017 Borlaug Dialogue, one of the events planned during the annual World Food Prize International Symposium, Oct. 18-20 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Penn State hosts 15 new NSF graduate researchers
October 9, 2017
The Graduate School at Penn State is pleased to host 15 new National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award recipients for the 2017-18 academic year.
Penn State student explores the economic impact of disaster relief in Nepal
October 9, 2017
Kelli Herr had an amazing summer. The Haymarket, Virginia, native spent her break a long way from home in Thulo Pakhar, Nepal. She worked with a group called All Hands Volunteers, a U.S.-based nonprofit disaster relief organization. A close friend of Herr’s, who had previously done research and traveled in Nepal, told her about the All Hands organization.
Career day helps senior land dream internship with Land O’Lakes
October 9, 2017
Senior Kayli Kumanchik credits her internship success to Ag Sciences Career Day. “If it wasn’t for the opportunities I got there, I never would have had the chance to do my internship.”
Ag Sciences Career Day will take place Oct. 10 at Bryce Jordan Center
September 22, 2017
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will host its annual Ag Sciences Career Day on Tuesday, Oct. 10. The event draws nearly 200 exhibitors, recruiters and academic program representatives from agricultural and related industries annually.
The Final Ag Frontier: Plant sciences student looks to the skies
September 18, 2017
While it was snowing at University Park, State College native and sixth-year student Laura Reese spent her spring semester in sunny Cape Canaveral, Florida, working for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Medicine and music: Immunology major makes his own way at Penn State
August 28, 2017
Alex Barna, a junior from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, has known that he wanted to be a doctor since the 7th grade. He came to Penn State with an interest in microbiology but discovered an opportunity to distinguish himself from other pre-med students in the College of Agricultural Sciences' immunology and infectious disease major.
Penn State teams excel in food science competitions
July 13, 2017
Three teams of food science students from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences came out on top in national product-development competitions and a trivia bowl in June.
Animal science major Gabel stands out from the herd
May 25, 2017
In Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, one animal science major was able to leverage academics, scholarship and internship programs as well as her alumni network to prepare for a career in dairy cattle genetics.
Student landscaping team builds outdoor space for local Stormbreak house
May 9, 2017
Landscape design and landscape construction classes in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences are known for their incredible community projects.
Graduate student excellence celebrated at annual awards luncheon
May 3, 2017
Penn State Executive Vice President and Provost Nicholas P. Jones presented 10 awards to more than 30 graduate students in recognition of outstanding achievement during the annual Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held on April 18 at the Nittany Lion Inn.
13 graduate students receive the Alumni Association Dissertation Award
May 3, 2017
Thirteen graduate students received the Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award, Distinguished Doctoral Scholar Medal, in recognition of their outstanding professional accomplishment and achievement in scholarly research in any of the disciplinary areas of fine arts and humanities; social sciences — applied and basic; physical and computational sciences — applied and basic; life and health sciences; and engineering.
Plant sciences student helps research natural fungicide
May 3, 2017
It’s common that some people worry about crops that are sprayed with fungicides. But what if the fungicide came from a natural source, such as another plant?
Ag Sciences graduate students win prestigious research fellowships
May 3, 2017
Three graduate students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences — Phillip Martin, Ismaiel Szink and Rachel Rozum — recently received prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships.