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Experience Ag Sciences. Follow our students as they study abroad, complete internships, conduct research, and start exciting careers.
Darryl Blakey pauses outside a Congressional meeting room during a USDA forum he attended. Graduating on May 10, he intends to embark on a career involved with agricultural policy.
May 4, 2015

Darryl Blakey didn't have the usual doubts freshmen have about choosing a major. For him, agriculture was his first choice -- a dream he has had since high school.

Katie Spiecher took the course because she grew up in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and is interested in water-quality issues. She also hoped to gain real-world experience for a possible career in an environmental field.
April 8, 2015

Katie Speicher recently found herself spending a sunny weekend on the Chesapeake Bay -- but it wasn’t for a vacation. Instead, the trip was just one of the many highlights she experienced while taking an environmental resources management class.

Rachel Robbins, a junior community, environment and development major, posed with presidential pooch Bo during her recent White House internship.
March 20, 2015

Rachel Robbins, a junior in the College of Agricultural Sciences, parlayed her interests in government, history and photography into a rare experience at the White House last semester.

Amanda Dezamits making a clay pot in Pomaire, a small Chilean town known for its clay work.
February 23, 2015

After missing her bus back to Santiago -- Chile's capital city -- Amanda Dezamits spent her most recent birthday sleeping under the stars with one blanket between two friends. This proved to be just one of the highlights of her recent five-month trip to the South American country.

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.