Student Stories

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

Participants toured private poultry facilities and government research installations in Spain where they learned about quality control, animal welfare and organic-vs.-conventional production issues.
May 3, 2016

A small group of students and faculty from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences visited Spain over spring break to explore the country's poultry industry and culture.

Animal Science major Antoinette Chase balanced academic and athletic life at Penn State for the past four years.
May 2, 2016

Studying to become a veterinarian and playing for the varsity soccer team sounds like a lot to handle, but Antoinette Chase has it covered. Now a senior, she balanced academic and athletic life at Penn State for the past four years.

Olivia Murphy Sweet poses with a lizard in Belize.
April 12, 2016

Olivia Murphy-Sweet was alone when she ventured into San Jose Succotz, a rural village in the Central American country of Belize. To supplement her coursework as an agricultural and extension education major and international agriculture minor, the senior made the five-week trip last summer to conduct research under the guidance of one of her professors.

Recent graduate Andrew Glass supervises 20 production brewers each shift. He credits his quick success in the industry to the Food Science program in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. When he entered the workplace, he found he already had the skills needed for the job.
April 7, 2016

Most people get to tour a brewery only once or twice in their lives. Fall 2015 graduate Andrew Glass goes to a brewery most days — brewing beer is his livelihood. The Reading native scored his dream job as a brewing supervisor for the Samuel Adams Pennsylvania Brewery in Breinigsville, which is one of the biggest craft breweries in the United States.

One student participating in the program was assigned to McKees Rocks (shown here), an urban community west of Pittsburgh. She will work with the McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation to strategize efforts for better food access.
April 1, 2016

In 2014, a group of undergraduate students and faculty in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences developed a plan to get students working in community- and sustainability-related fields long before they graduate. One of the main goals of the Scholarship, Sustainability and Civic Engagement Program is to give students professional experience in applying the community-development, civic-engagement and sustainability skills and knowledge they've learned in classes, working closely with local professionals.

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.

Hattie Henderson is a farmer, farmhand and student who has teamed with her cousin to create a successful farming operation while changing the perceptions of women's roles in agriculture and conventional agriculture's role in our food system, according to Farm Credit.
March 25, 2016

A student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is among 100 "visionaries" being honored nationally through the Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives search.

Elizabeth Palmer pauses for a photo during her experience last summer at the United States Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska.
February 25, 2016

Senior Animal Science major Elizabeth Palmer learned a lot about livestock and cattle through her internship with the United States Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska.

Participating in 4-H programs from the age of 10 kindled Joshua Cassar's interest in poultry educational and career opportunities. An animal science major with a minor in poultry and avian science who will graduate in May, Cassar had 15 job offers from which to choose.
February 25, 2016

Twelve years ago, Joshua Cassar could not have foreseen 15 job offers, prestigious awards and a resume packed with experiences, internships and international travels. Back then, he was just a kid with an interest in agriculture and poultry science.