Student Stories

Experience Ag Sciences. Follow our students as they study abroad, complete internships, conduct research, and start exciting careers.
Cullen Dixon, a plant sciences major, helped to perform research to create a biofungicide from sorghum compounds.
April 27, 2017

Cullen Dixon, a plant sciences major, participates in a lab that tests the effectiveness of secondary metabolite compounds produced by sorghum as potential biopesticides in combating foliar diseases of Zea mays, or corn.

Aarushi Rana, an economics major with a minor in mushroom science and technology, prepares a log with spawn to produce shiitake mushrooms. Rana plans to take what she has learned home to Mumbai, India, where she will teach women about how to produce mushrooms.
April 17, 2017

Rana, an economics major, is minoring in mushroom science and technology, and plans to use what she has learned to improve living conditions for people in her home city of Mumbai, India.

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.

Brandon Everett, Hayli Randolph, Denver Greenawalt, Kurtis Miller and Cody Harpster offer free breakfast to everyone in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
March 28, 2017

The Students for Cultivating Change provides a safe, inclusive network for students interested in agricultural sciences who are in the LGBTQ community. Focusing efforts in education, community, and increasing awareness, they strive to promote inclusion and visibility for LGBTQ individuals within the College of Agricultural Sciences and larger Penn State community.

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.

Sara Touey, a Community, Environment, and Development major, studied urban farming -- a subject that’s relatively new to the agricultural world -- during her internship at the Penn State Center in Philadelphia.  
February 15, 2017

“Urban agriculture” isn’t a well-known concept, but Sara Touey plans to change that. Touey, a Community, Environment, and Development major in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences interned at the Penn State Center in Philadelphia, studying urban farming.

Hayly Hoch, left, and Alyssa Gurklis completed a 10-week summer internship with Penn State Extension-Allegheny County in 2015.
January 26, 2017

Although Alyssa Gurkis and Hayly Hoch are both students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, they didn’t know each other when they embarked on a 10-week food-system internship last summer with Penn State Extension-Allegheny County. Now they’re close friends, roommates, and collaborators on a food-system project of their own.

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.