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Experience Ag Sciences. Follow our students as they study abroad, complete internships, conduct research, and start exciting careers.
Jess Sourbeer, a forest ecosystem management student in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, is passionate about forestry.    Image: Jess Sourbeer
August 7, 2019

Jess Sourbeer, of Pittsburgh, has found her niche in forestry through internships at both Penn State Extension and Architect of the Capitol, the federal agency in charge of maintaining Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

April 22, 2019

Ben Kline, a wildlife and fisheries science major in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, recently was celebrated for giving an informative presentation at a professional conference.

Brianna Elicker is a quality assurance intern at Penn State’s Berkey Creamery, where she is responsible for microbial plating and environmental swabbing.   Image: Natalie McCollum
March 19, 2019

Brianna Elicker, of York, a senior majoring in food science in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has had a passion for food and agriculture from an early age.

Dominic Lenzi, of Hermitage, a forest ecosystem management major in the College of Agricultural Sciences, is a member of the Penn State Chapter of the Society of American Foresters. Here, Lenzi, kneeling right, is shown with his fellow SAF members at a conference in Gettysburg.   Image: Penn State
February 22, 2019

A summer internship with the Pennsylvania Game Commission helped Penn State senior Dominic Lenzi cultivate his skills in the field of forestry.

Left: Built in 1889, the Agriculture Experiment Station was the first agriculture building on Penn State's campus. Right: Greg Pinto, a Penn State World Campus turfgrass science student, volunteered at the 2017 U.S. Senior Open golf tournament.   Image: Penn State
February 22, 2019

Penn State remains committed 164 years after its founding to providing an agricultural education — no matter where its students live.

Dan Eichenlaub, owner of Eichenlaub Inc., explains to Penn State agribusiness management students how his company is evaluating autonomous lawnmower technology to service lawn-maintenance customers. Students are helping Eichenlaub evaluate the mowers as an experiential-learning case study.   Image: Angela Barr, courtesy of Eichenlaub Inc.
November 5, 2018

Will customers of lawn-mowing services accept robotic, autonomous lawnmowers cutting the lawns at their homes with no human operator nearby? Eichenlaub Inc., an upscale landscape firm in Pittsburgh, is counting on agribusiness management students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to find out.

Hive visits to Wiley Apiary are a highlight for members of the Penn State Beekeepers Club.   Image: Penn State Beekeepers Club
October 11, 2018

The Penn State Beekeepers Club, which was founded in 2013, brings together beekeeping enthusiasts and those who simply are interested in learning about and sharing the beekeeping hobby.

Michael Zaffuto, far right, a food science major in the College of Agricultural Sciences, was a member of a product development team that created FuZen, a dairy-based beverage. He is shown with food science peers Michelle Tran, Taylor Thomas and Gloria Wang.
April 20, 2018

Michael Zaffuto, a food science major, attributes his many accomplishments to Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, his family and his hometown of Sykesville, Pennsylvania.

Margaret Hoffman, assistant professor of landscape contracting
April 3, 2018

Margaret Hoffman recently joined Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences as assistant professor of landscape contracting.

Daniel Stawowczyk, a landscape contracting major at Penn State New Kensington and outdoor enthusiast, hopes to create his own landscaping company.
March 26, 2018

Daniel Stawowczyk, a landscape contracting major at Penn State New Kensington, was the recipient of a scholarship from Pucketos Garden Club that will help support his studies and dream of one day creating his own landscaping company.