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Experience Ag Sciences. Follow our students as they study abroad, complete internships, conduct research, and start exciting careers.
October 7, 2014

A good day for most people does not begin with waking up in a cinder block room in an orphanage in Haiti, but as senior Cara McDonald can tell you, rewarding experiences do not discriminate. They pop up in unexpected places, are often the product of hard work and allow for continued benefits for a long time -- much like the moringa tree.

September 30, 2014

After visiting Europe, Central America and Africa, senior Kelsey Czyzyk has no plans to stop traveling.

September 16, 2014

Farming seven acres of land and selling the vegetables at two roadside stands, three grocery stores and a large market may seem like a lot for a student to take on. For Penn State sophomore Alex Cantey, it's business as usual.

Brynn Mauser posed near animal feed bags at Hubbard Feeds Inc., where she is an account manager.
September 2, 2014

Since graduating in 2008, Brynn Mauser has held a number of jobs, including positions at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the American Association of Meat Processors, but she found her perfect fit at Hubbard Feeds Inc., where she is currently employed as an account manager.

Penn State agroecology major Nancy Kammerer (right) talked with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Maxine Levin, of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, in Washington recently during a meeting with students and coaches from U.S. colleges and universities who took top honors at the International Soil Judging Contest in Jeju, Korea, in June.
August 22, 2014

The study of agricultural sciences can lead to incredible opportunities. Penn State student Nancy Kammerer discovered this firsthand during her recent trip to Jeju, South Korea, for the first International Soil Judging Contest.

Stephanie Roscinski, a 2011 Penn State graduate, is employed as an industry communications manager at Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association, where she puts her degree in agribusiness management to good use. 
August 18, 2014

Since she was a kid growing up in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Stephanie Roscinski has had a particular fondness for dairy animals.

Morgan Brown got experience working with exotic animals that she would not have been exposed to had she just worked in the United States.
August 8, 2014

Morgan Brown took a risk last August when she decided to be one of the first students to travel to South Africa through a newly developed immersion program.

As a freshman, Erica Mellinger -- shown here hamming it up with her research poster -- applied for the Hershey Summer Internship Program for 2013. Once accepted, she was placed in the lab of a graduate professor of microbiology and immunology to work on herpes virus research.
August 4, 2014

Sometimes a life-changing experience opens a student's eyes to what type of career she wants to pursue. For junior Erica Mellinger, that experience was the season of her father's sickness -- a time when he had to be treated in a hospital by research scientists.

Recent Penn State alumna Mollie McGinnis dedicated six months following graduation to a project in Huay Pakoot, Thailand, working to bring elephants from tourist camps back into their natural habitats within their owners' communities.
July 24, 2014

An elephant roaming free would be a strange sight here in the United States, but in other parts of the world, these gray giants are safer outside of enclosures.

Jena Moser, shown here straddling the Earth's imaginary dividing line, traveled to Kenya through a Community, Environment, and Development class that stayed for three weeks. But she stayed three months.
July 16, 2014

After spending three months in Africa, Jenna Moser was disturbed by the way Kenyans viewed agriculture, believing that it consists only of farming and that it is a "poor man's job."