Student Stories

Experience Ag Sciences. Follow our students as they study abroad, complete internships, conduct research, and start exciting careers.
Ashley Hallowell holds an owl at the Philadelphia Zoo.
December 17, 2013

Picture this: a flock of parrots gathered around a television, watching Cinderella. If that sounds unrealistic, think again. Ashley Hallowell, a graduate from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences veterinary and biomedical sciences program, got to witness this very spectacle during her internship with the Philadelphia Zoo last year.

Kenzie Brancato's internship at Ainsworth provided an invaluable look into the pet food industry, as well as the food industry, because they are so similar.
December 9, 2013

Penn State junior Kenzie Brancato had a revelation of sorts when she interned with Ainsworth Pet Nutrition last year.

According to Alexandra Lukasiewicz, the island of Bonaire prides itself on having the best diving in the Caribbean, with the best protected marine area and most 'pristine' reefs.
November 26, 2013

Alexandra Lukasiewicz got an up-close look at the oceans' mysteries while she studied abroad in Bonaire.

Part of Megan Romania's job as an intern for the Bradford County Conservation District was talking with farmers about nutrient-management plans.
November 12, 2013

Door-to-door sales can be a frustrating job, but last year, Penn State junior Megan Romania found satisfaction selling conservation to farmers.

Pittsburgh native Michael Bartolomucci, now a senior, is currently the president of the Adult Learners of Penn State student organization.
October 28, 2013

For Michael Bartolomucci, majoring in Agricultural Systems Management in college wasn't his first goal – it wasn't even his second or third. But now, as an adult student, he calls Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences home.

October 23, 2013

Penn State Berks professors and students were recognized for their research at the 37th annual meeting of the Waterbird Society in Wilhelshaven Germany in September. Jennifer Arnold, associate professor of biology; Stephen Oswald, instructor in biology; and three students -- Amy Rutter, Christy Wails and Brittany Morey; were all recognized for their work. Amy Rutter, junior wildlife and fisheries science major, has been conducting research at Penn State Berks for one year, and has completed an international conservation Internship. She won the Best Student Poster Award.

Teach Ag! Society students had many experiences to remember during their trip learning about agricultural education in the Southwest, but this volleyball game at a barbeque on a Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona stands out.
October 22, 2013

As part a newly formed organization, student members of the Teach Ag! Society in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences were not sure what to expect when they chose to do a domestic study-abroad trip to Arizona. But over the course of eight days, 1,500 miles, six agriscience-education programs and three national parks, they found more than they were looking for.

Alyssa Patt spent a summer examining pathogens and bacteria found in all kinds of places. As a public health intern, she worked in the Division of Microbiology at the Pennsylvania Department of Health
October 16, 2013

For the average person, ignorance is bliss. But for Alyssa Patt, not knowing was not an option during her internship with the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Grace Garbini with some of the  trees she planted as part of the hazelnut breeding research program she participated in.
October 3, 2013

Grace Garbini helped plant more than 5,000 trees in the summer of 2012. As part of a Rutgers University research project on hazelnut breeding, she was tasked with transplanting and inoculating hazelnut saplings to test their resistance to fungal infections.

Andrew Neal, a Schreyer Honors College alumnus, currently works as an air quality engineer for Trinity Consultants, a national air permitting and compliance consulting firm in Wexford, Pa.
September 17, 2013

Ever since Andrew Neal was a boy, the environment played a significant role in his life. Under the guidance of his father and the Boy Scouts of America, his appreciation for the outdoors grew into a passion, and it is what motivates him today in his natural-resource engineering career.