Student Stories

Experience Ag Sciences. Follow our students as they study abroad, complete internships, conduct research, and start exciting careers.
Sara Mueller poses in a hole in a glacier in New Zealand.
April 10, 2014

Not many students get to go to Craigieburn Forest Park or Mount Cook, but as Penn State senior Sara Mueller learned, Lincoln University in New Zealand is one school that builds field trips such as these into each semester.

As part of her internship, Olivia Lindsey (center) helped organize community events to generate interest in local-foods projects. Also pictured are Chelsea Holmes, of Women for a Healthy Environment (left), and chef Bill Fuller of big Burrito Restaurant Group.
April 8, 2014

As a member of the Penn State Women's Rugby Team, Olivia Lindsey knows a thing or two about teamwork. So it should come as no surprise that when she went looking for an internship last year, she was drawn to the idea of joining a 50-member multi-institution research team.

During Cory Chelko's time at Penn State, the environmental soil science major was involved in activities outside the classroom, including the Weed Science Team and the Agronomy Club.
April 2, 2014

Long before Cory Chelko graduated from Penn State in 2011, he knew that working with soils was what he wanted to do. Growing up around farms in Sarver, Pa., piqued his interest, as did the potential for real-world applications of the agricultural sciences. Today, as a zone support coordinator at TA Seeds, Chelko provides technical support on products and promotes research and sales behind the scenes.

Penn State student Monica Caparosa worked in research and development and quality-assurance at StarKist's Pittsburgh headquarters.
March 24, 2014

Putting her dislike of seafood aside, sophomore Monica Caparosa jumped at the chance to intern with one of the leading seafood companies in the country. From May through July 2013, her days were filled with various tasks -- including sampling the tuna.

Last summer, senior Kurt Smithgall interned at the Coweeta Long Term Ecological Research Laboratory in Otto, N.C.
March 20, 2014

As an avid whitewater kayaker who recently qualified for the 2014 U.S. Wildwater Canoe and Kayak Team, it's no surprise that Kurt Smithgall found an internship involving rivers and water

Penn State softball player Kasie Hatfield poses with one of the dogs she worked with during her internship. Turns out she's a hit both on the field -- where she plays catcher and third base  -- and training animals with the dog-rescue operation.
March 4, 2014

Penn State senior Kasie Hatfield has always loved animals, so she jumped at the opportunity to return to her home state of Florida last year and help rehabilitate sick, injured and aggressive dogs.

Megan Draper, Matt Freeman, Kara Morgan and Ryan Patrick are among the "incredibly impressive" Penn State undergraduate students featured by in its "Impressive Students" series.
February 20, 2014

In the classroom and laboratory, performing on the field — or in it, doing world-class research and altruistic service around the globe — these Penn State students represent just a small fraction of what is "incredibly impressive" about our University.

Living on a farm with dairy and beef cattle, vet school always has been on Emily Benner's radar, and she hopes to work in a rural, mixed-animal practice someday.
February 17, 2014

Over spring break of her junior year, while many students relaxed or traveled, Penn State Animal Science major Emily Benner found herself in the barns assisting in health checks and veterinary rounds.

Morgan Porter posed with a kangaroo during her veterinary internship in Brisbane, Australia.
February 3, 2014

Many students have the chance to study abroad. Morgan Porter, a senior Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences major, took the concept to a new level last year.