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As part of their senior capstone project in biological engineering, students designed a device that assists apple pickers. The device mounts on a vehicle that can travel between the trees in an orchard.
July 25, 2017

For their senior capstone projects, biological engineering students at Penn State designed possible solutions to real problems in agriculture and the environment.

Francis Alvaré participated in a multi-part prescribed fire experience for the National Guard at Fort Indiantown Gap as part of his major in forest ecosystem management.The National Guard conducts controlled fires to maintain the safety of its grounds and practice how to deal with wildfires.
June 6, 2017

Francis Alvaré, a forest ecosystem management major with a minor in military studies, assisted the National Guard's forestry department in a series of prescribed fires on training facilities as part of an independent study program in the spring of 2017.

A new undergraduate certificate program will help train the next generation of conservation professionals at a time when agricultural producers are under mounting pressure to adopt measures aimed at protecting water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
May 17, 2017

A new undergraduate certificate program offered by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will give students interested in agricultural stewardship an opportunity for classroom and hands-on learning in the sustainability of agricultural soil and water resources. The Agricultural Stewardship and Conservation Certificate program will provide critical coursework and practical experience that will help make students marketable for jobs in the public and private sector.

Harrison Fritz working to hardscape the trash cubby at Stormbreak House, a halfway house for girls in State College.
May 9, 2017

Penn State’s landscape design and landscape construction classes are known for their incredible community projects. But with this year’s undertaking, the courses have gone above and beyond.

Kasie Kerr is the show manager for the Little International Livestock Exposition held at the Snider Ag Arena. 
April 5, 2017

The Little International Livestock Exposition, commonly dubbed “Little I,” has been a staple of the Penn State agricultural community for many decades. And this year, senior animal science major Kasie Kerr is running the show.

ERM major Francesca Ramacciotti at the Poas Volcano — just one place she was able to visit during her study abroad programs.
March 27, 2017

The senior environmental resource management major traveled to both New Zealand and Costa Rica as part of two separate embedded courses. She was first introduced to these study-abroad opportunities through her major’s coursework.

Sara Getson, shown here working in a greenhouse, chose to abandon her math major and explore her passions for mycology and plant pathology. The fifth-year senior is now double-majoring in plant sciences and French and francophone studies, and triple-minoring in plant pathology, entomology and mushroom science and technology.      
February 16, 2017

Sara Getson came to Penn State and developed an unexpected academic passion — fungi.

Morgan Lingle's internship with Monrovia involved eight areas of plant production, including propagation, trimming and potting. She also learned about grafting, which involves cutting into a plant's living tissue and fusing parts of two plants together.
December 13, 2016

Switching majors in college is not unusual, but Morgan Lingle followed an unusual path. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology before she began pursuing her interests in plants professionally.

Biological engineering senior Lauren Oeste has accepted a full-time position at Mondelez, following an insightful internship in summer 2016.
December 12, 2016

Biological engineering senior Lauren Oeste accepted a full-time position at Mondelez after completing a manufacturing internship with the company during summer 2016.

Nettie Baugher, of Adams County, Pennsylvania, worked in the operations department of Monsanto's large corn-breeding facility in Hawaii.
November 15, 2016

Is there a better place for a summer vacation than Hawaii? After spending 12 weeks on the island of Maui interning with Monsanto, Nettie Baugher, a senior plant sciences major, doesn't think so.