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Plant Sciences

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.

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.

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.

Plant science major Rychele Stipcak has been a majorette at Penn State for four years.
March 29, 2016

One might think that balancing demanding studies and a high-profile, sport-related activity is difficult, but senior plant science major Rychele Stipcak, in the College of Agricultural Sciences, has mostly made it look easy.

Julian Subick, far right, and other Penn State students participate in weekly meetings to assist with the student farm planning process.
May 20, 2015

The idea of a student-centered farm at Penn State already has inspired dozens of students to become involved in its planning, even though many will graduate before the farm is realized. Julian Subick and Briana Yablonski, two seniors graduating from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, have devoted much of their last year at Penn State to the rigorous farm-planning process, and they don’t regret a single moment.

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

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.

Megan Draper, Matt Freeman, Kara Morgan and Ryan Patrick are among the "incredibly impressive" Penn State undergraduate students featured by BusinessInsider.com in its "Impressive Students" series.
February 20, 2014

In the classroom and laboratory, performing on the field — or in it, doing world-class research and altruistic service around the globe — these Penn State students represent just a small fraction of what is "incredibly impressive" about our University.