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Brockway, Pa., native Jenifer McAndrew works as a husbandry aquarium technician at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island near Manteo.
April 11, 2013

To most people, swimming with sharks in an enclosed area would be terrifying, but to Jenifer McAndrew, it is just another day on the job.

Darcy Lester explores a coral reef on the Australian coast.
March 28, 2013

Darcy McKinley Lester does not like baked beans and spaghetti on toast for breakfast, but she said that dish is hard to avoid when you study abroad in Australia. The Mechanicsburg, Pa., native studied at the Australian National University in Canberra last spring.

Devan Burns interned with the owner of the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia.
March 12, 2013

Most of us remember learning about ROY G. BIV when we were kids — the acronym for the sequence of colors in a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. But Devan Burns put her knowledge of the rainbow to use last summer.

Laura Davis poses on a footbridge over a river in Mozambique.
March 1, 2013

Laura Davis had dreamed of traveling to Africa for years. So in May 2012, she jumped at the chance to embark on a journey to South Africa and Mozambique offered through a Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences natural resources embedded course. The trip was a life-changing experience.

Penn State food sciences major Meghan Kane posed on a bridge in the heart of Paris.
February 18, 2013

Penn State senior Meghan Kane visited France not once, but twice through programs offered by the College of Agricultural Sciences.

January 18, 2013

Ever since she was little, Jeanette Blank dreamed about traveling to Australia. After years of dreaming, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences helped her get there at last. When she finally arrived, she was determined to learn as much as she could and take any opportunity presented to her. "Before I left on the trip, someone told me ...

January 4, 2013

Turns out, watching ants is actually pretty entertaining, according to Spencer Malloy. Good thing for him, because it was one of the most important parts of his job last summer. The Penn State senior with a double major in agroecology and philosophy recently completed an internship at the University Park campus investigating how the presence of ...

December 14, 2012

Penn State student Megan Davis has always loved the outdoors and knew from an early age she wanted to dedicate her career to her love for nature. The wildlife and fisheries science major spent the summer of 2011 doing just that. From May to August, Davis completed a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service internship, splitting her time between Parker ...

November 28, 2012

When you're closely involved with something, it's easy to take for granted how good it is. But for junior Veronica Pasi, spending 10 weeks last summer managing invasive species as part of a hands-on internship in Illinois's Glacial Park provided a new appreciation for her Penn State education....

November 8, 2012

Allison Hoover didn't quite know what she was getting herself into last spring when she traveled to Costa Rica with Penn State's Spanish for Agricultural Sciences program. The Agricultural and Extension Education major went with 10 other Penn State students to the city of Turrialba to learn the Spanish language and explore the diverse agriculture ...