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Experience Ag Sciences. Follow our students as they study abroad, complete internships, conduct research, and start exciting careers.
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.

Biological engineering senior Tyrel Kling has drawn from experiences growing up on his family farm, to make the most of his Penn State education.
November 14, 2016

Biological engineering senior Tyrel Kling draws from experiences on his family farm to make the most of his Penn State education, which he plans to put to good use in the agricultural machine industry.

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.

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.

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.