Learn more about the recent accomplishments of INTAD students.

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.

Student travels to Washington to share passion for international agriculture

July 23, 2019

Sulav Paudel, a doctoral candidate in entomology and in international agriculture and development in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, traveled to Washington, D.C., in June to participate in two conferences aimed at advancing international agriculture and rural development.

INTAD Candidate Ilse Huerta Receives Three Awards

May 10, 2019

Fulbright grant will support Penn State doctoral student’s research in Zambia

April 25, 2019

Jacob Johnson, a doctoral candidate in forest resources and in international agriculture and development in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has received a Fulbright Study/Research Award.

Ilse Huerta Arredondo receives the Frisbey International Student Award

April 15, 2019

Penn State graduate student Ilse Huerta Arredondo has been awarded the Ardeth and Norman Frisbey International Student Award. This award, in honor of the Frisbeys, recognizes the personal support the late Norman Frisbey offered during the 27 years Ardeth Frisbey served in the Office of International Students.

Thirteen graduate students receive the Alumni Association Dissertation Award

April 15, 2019

Thirteen graduate students received the Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award, Distinguished Doctoral Scholar Medal in recognition of their outstanding professional accomplishment and achievement in scholarly research in any of the disciplinary areas of arts and humanities; social sciences—applied and basic; physical and computational sciences—applied and basic; life and health sciences; and engineering.

Graduate student Bipana Paudel Timilsena receives International Research Award

April 15, 2019

Bipana Paudel Timilsena, a doctoral student in entomology with a dual title in international agriculture and development, received the Graduate Student International Research Award. The purpose of the award is to promote and support international research and scholarship by graduate students that has the potential for global impact.

Entomology students' global research to be supported by inaugural Guyton Award

April 3, 2019

Two students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are the recipients of the Guyton Award, a global learning scholarship established recently by Bill Guyton, an agricultural economist and internationally recognized expert in sustainable development. Julie Baniszewski and Bipana Paudel Timilsena, entomology doctoral candidates in the college's International Agriculture and Development (INTAD) dual-title degree program, plan to use the awards to advance their international research in pest management.

INTAD Course Travels to Costa Rica

March 31, 2019

INTAD 820 traveled to Costa Rica over spring break in order to learn about the Costa Rican agriculture system and meet with researchers, farmers and government officials.

Johnson named recipient of Peace Corps' Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Award

November 1, 2018

Jacob Johnson, a doctoral candidate in forest resources and in international agriculture and development (INTAD) in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has received a Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Award in recognition of his service to others.

Cacao for Peace

September 16, 2018

Lina Tami is a second-year dual-title MSc student of Rural Sociology and International Agriculture & Development at Pennsylvania State University. Lina is a Fulbright-USDA Scholar and her research is in the framework of the Cocoa for Peace Project headed by Penn State.

Thirsty plant calling for help: Impact of drought on the ability of plant to attract enemies of plant-feeding insect

August 31, 2018

For the past 6 months, since March of 2018, Po-An Lin, Ph.D. candidate in INTAD and Entomology has been collaborating with National Taiwan University (Taiwan) and University of Tsukuba (Japan) to conduct field research focusing on how environmental stress affect the communication between plant and enemies of plant-feeding insects.



Melanie Miller Foster
106 Agricultural Administration Building

University Park, PA 16802



Melanie Miller Foster
106 Agricultural Administration Building

University Park, PA 16802