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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.