Learn more about the recent accomplishments of INTAD students.

College of Ag Sciences recognizes students, faculty for exceptional achievements

April 8, 2024

During its annual meeting on April 3, the Penn State chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the agricultural honor society, honored faculty and students from the College of Agricultural Sciences - many of them affiliated with the INTAD dual-title degree program.

Forty graduate students honored with prestigious University awards

April 5, 2024

We are proud of Lanre Shittu and Sarah Richards, two INTAD students who have received awards from the Graduate School

Three graduate students honored at inaugural Three Minute Thesis competition

April 1, 2024

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Three graduate students were honored on March 23 as award recipients in the final round of Penn State’s inaugural Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, held at the Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center.

Finalists announced for Graduate School Three Minute Thesis competition March 23

March 18, 2024

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Eleven graduate students have been selected for the final round of the inaugural Penn State Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition including Auja Bywater, doctoral student in food science and INTAD, College of Agricultural Sciences, “Improving Food Safety: Exploring Bacterial Diversity in Hydroponic Farming”.

Video: INTAD Students Share Thoughts on INTAD Dual-Title

March 1, 2024

At the Global Gallery event in February 2024, INTAD students shared their thoughts and experiences about the INTAD dual-title. Hear firsthand how this program is shaping their academic and professional journeys.

Penn State Global announces 2023-24 award recipients for global engagement

February 28, 2024

Zilfa Irakoze, doctoral student in food science and INTAD, has been selected for the Ardeth and Norman Frisbey International Student Award in the graduate student category. These awards honor and recognize outstanding contributions to international understanding by graduate and undergraduate international students.

Common plant could help reduce food insecurity, researchers find

February 19, 2024

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — An often-overlooked water plant that can double its biomass in two days, capture nitrogen from the air — making it a valuable green fertilizer — and be fed to poultry and livestock could serve as life-saving food for humans in the event of a catastrophe or disaster, a new study led by Penn State researchers suggests.

Trip to Uganda has a profound impact on Penn State graduate student

October 30, 2023

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — For doctoral student and agricultural educator Mia Sullivan, traveling to Uganda this past summer with Penn State’s Global Teach Ag Network will be the foundation for her studies and future career.

Cultivating connections: Penn State students make global bonds working in Uganda

October 6, 2023

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Sarah Richards has big plans for her future — she wants to be a leader in finding new ways to help farmers grow food more sustainably, using tiny living things called microbes. To make that happen, the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences doctoral student knows it’s crucial to improve how scientists and farmers communicate and work together to create science and policy that meets real farming needs. She saw this practice firsthand as part of a team of faculty, students and early career professionals from Penn State, Michigan State University, Texas A&M University, Stockholm Environment Institute and African institutions hosted in July by Makerere University in Uganda.

Penn State researchers explore how gender affects agriculture in Ghana

September 7, 2023

A team of Penn State researchers recently held a workshop in Ghana, exploring how gender affects dynamics within the agriculture industry. The trip capped a multi-year effort to better understand time poverty among women peanut farmers.

Extreme heat threatens solitary bees and global food security

August 21, 2023

In a recent study, an international team of researchers led by Penn State University delved deep into the relationships between heat waves, solitary bees, and the protozoan pathogen, Crithidia mellificae.

Seventy-six graduate students earn prizes at 2023 Graduate Exhibition

April 11, 2023

Seventy-six Penn State graduate students earned first-, second- or third-place prizes at the 2023 Graduate Exhibition, held March 20-24 on the University Park campus and online. More than 275 students from more than 65 graduate programs participated in one of five categories: research, design, performance, visual arts and video.

Penn State Global announces 2022-23 faculty, staff, student awards

April 10, 2023

Penn State Global has announced the 2022-23 recipients of its annual awards that recognize the outstanding contributions of individuals and academic programs at Penn State who have helped to advance the University’s global engagement goals.

Graduate students author textbook on global agriculture and food security

March 1, 2023

Written by graduate students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, the book is an in-depth examination of the ecological, economic, social, political and technological factors that influence whether a person, community or nation is considered food secure.

Penn State student competes to expand sustainable agriculture efforts abroad

November 8, 2022

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — When Penn State graduate student Divya Pant entered the Miss Nepal North America pageant, it wasn’t simply the crown she was after — it was the opportunity to promote her waste management organization, Carbon Away. Pant, a doctoral candidate in the BioRenewable Systems graduate program in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, participated in the contest this summer to help raise awareness about the project, which she founded in 2021 with the goal of converting waste generated during the agricultural process into energy and fertilizer.

Plant pathology graduate student receives prestigious research fellowship

June 21, 2022

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Olanrewaju Shittu, a doctoral candidate in the Penn State Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, has been named a Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Fellow for 2022-2025.

Graduate student selected for Young Scientists Cohort at World Food Forum

June 1, 2022

Ram Neupane, a graduate student in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, will be one of 20 members of the inaugural Young Scientists Cohort at the World Food Forum. The World Food Forum is an independent, youth-led global network of partners facilitated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The goal is to encourage and empower young people to raise awareness about the global hunger crisis and shape sustainable development goals for agrifood systems.

INTAD Students Assist With Historic Ice Cream Short Course

March 27, 2022

Marjorie Jauregui, Nixon Meneses-Marentes, Jennifer Goza, and Laura Rolon, four graduate students from the Food Science department taking the INTAD dual-degree option had the chance to assist, participate, and coordinate the 130th edition of the Penn State Ice Cream Short Course (ICSC). ICSC is a week-long class directed by Dr. Bob Roberts, Professor and Head of the Department of Food Science, who has served for the ICSC for the last 24 years.

Student receives Fulbright to study honey bee health, behavior in Kenya

February 15, 2022

In East Africa, beekeepers set up empty hives hoping that migrating swarms of honey bees will take up residence and provide them with honey. However, it is difficult for beekeepers to predict when migrating swarms will arrive and leave and when to harvest honey. Darcy Gray, a graduate student in Penn State's intercollege graduate degree program in ecology, has received a Fulbright Study/Research Award to help beekeepers by examining how habitat and weather patterns drive bee migration and honey production in Kenya.

Black bears could play important role in dispersal of pathogen-carrying ticks

December 14, 2021

The lead researcher in this study is Hannah Tiffin, a doctoral candidate in entomology and INTAD.

INTAD candidate travels to Costa Rica to study soil health on coffee farms

October 30, 2021

Fourth-year Soil Science and INTAD PhD candidate Nina Camillone is currently in Costa Rica conducting field research on soil health on coffee farms in Costa Rica in partnership with EARTH University.

Fulbright award recipient in College of Ag Sciences conducting research in Ghana

October 21, 2021

In rural Ghana, where most rely on farming for survival, families face many challenges, including scarcity of food, running water and electricity. Women carry a hefty workload because they are responsible not just for child-rearing and household tasks but also for farm chores. Though their contributions often leave women with less free time than men, their work is undervalued, and most women are not equal partners in financial decision-making, according to Kaitlin Fischer, a doctoral degree candidate in rural sociology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Cellular agriculture development has potential to change food industry, society

August 30, 2021

Depending on how it occurs, the development of cellular agriculture — food grown in factories from cells or yeast — has the potential to either accelerate socioeconomic inequality or provide beneficial alternatives to the status quo. That’s the conclusion of a new study led by Penn State researchers, who assessed the potential trajectories for a new technology that synergizes computer science, biopharma, tissue engineering and food science to grow cultured meat, dairy and egg products from animal cells and/or genetically modified yeast.

INTAD Student Partners with Indonesian Aroma and Flavor Company to Study Cloves

June 9, 2021

Isabel Gutierrez traveled to Java, Indonesia in December 2019 to learn about cloves and clove farming practices.

Agricultural Sciences student research highlighted in virtual Global Gallery

March 11, 2021

Faculty and graduate students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences will showcase their international research during the third annual Global Gallery, a symposium hosted by the international agriculture and development dual-title graduate program, known as INTAD, and its student association.

College of Ag Sciences doctoral student chosen as Next Generation Global Leader

February 22, 2021

Kelly Chege, a doctoral candidate in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been selected as a member of the inaugural class of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s Next Generation Global Leaders Network

INTAD Alumna Ariel Rivers Elected to Vice President of AIARD

August 22, 2020

International Agriculture and Development alumna Ariel Rivers was recently elected to vice president of the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development.

Extension of adaptive measure for pest control in rural communities of Nepal

February 17, 2020

INTAD student Divya Pant shares her experience working in a livelihood project in Nepal before beginning her master's program at Penn State.

Penn State INTAD Student Focuses on Vegetable Value Chains in Cambodia

January 24, 2020

Penn State INTAD Student Conducts Fieldwork in the Dominican Republic

September 3, 2019

Effie Smith recently spent two and a half months in a former sugar-cane laborer community in the Dominican Republic conducting in-depth interviews to uncover the sources of income of contemporary batey residents.



Melanie Miller Foster
106 Agricultural Administration Building

University Park, PA 16802



Melanie Miller Foster
106 Agricultural Administration Building

University Park, PA 16802