Student Stories

Experience Ag Sciences. Follow our students as they study abroad, complete internships, conduct research, and start exciting careers.
Grace Garbini with some of the  trees she planted as part of the hazelnut breeding research program she participated in.
October 3, 2013

Grace Garbini helped plant more than 5,000 trees in the summer of 2012. As part of a Rutgers University research project on hazelnut breeding, she was tasked with transplanting and inoculating hazelnut saplings to test their resistance to fungal infections.

Andrew Neal, a Schreyer Honors College alumnus, currently works as an air quality engineer for Trinity Consultants, a national air permitting and compliance consulting firm in Wexford, Pa.
September 17, 2013

Ever since Andrew Neal was a boy, the environment played a significant role in his life. Under the guidance of his father and the Boy Scouts of America, his appreciation for the outdoors grew into a passion, and it is what motivates him today in his natural-resource engineering career.

For Samantha Fanelli, who is now in her first year of veterinary school, it was a challenge to balance all the activities she was involved in at Penn State. But they made for a rich collegiate experience.
September 7, 2013

At just 4 years old, Samantha Fanelli had a passion for helping animals. In high school, she knew she wanted to go to veterinary school, so she decided Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences was the perfect place to prepare, with its hands-on, well-rounded scientific programs. As an incoming freshman, she encountered a variety of opportunities that would open doors for her as a veterinary and biomedical sciences major.

Jennifer Chelko loves having the opportunity to share in Penn State's traditions and show her support for the University.
September 3, 2013

During the fall semester, Saturdays are big days for Penn State junior Jennifer Chelko. As a majorette in the Blue Band, she has embraced her role on the squad while pursuing a keen interest in toxicology and other sciences.

Alicia Rickabaugh conducted a variety of tests and projects at the dairy nutrition laboratory operated by the College of Agricultural Sciences.
August 20, 2013

Most folks never think about it, but cows contribute many things to our daily lives, and Alicia Rickabaugh learned all about them last year.

Last summer Forest Science major Brian Crooks conducted forest fire research in the Sierra National Forest of California.
July 23, 2013

After studying wildfire in a year-long independent research project, Brian Crooks last summer journeyed to the West for the first time to see the effects up close in the Sierra National Forest.

John Kaminski and a colleague analyze a turfgrass sample.
July 18, 2013

John Kaminski uses social media to teach turfgrass science and collaborate with colleagues around the world. - See more at:

Blanca Lopez de Juan Abad has had a passion for animals for as long as she can remember.
June 25, 2013

She may not have her own show on the Discovery Channel, but Blanca Lopez de Juan Abad is doing her part to save wild animals

Forest science major Chelsea Kyler is doing research on the effects of emerald ash borer beetles in this ash plantation on the University Park campus
May 31, 2013

Forest Science major Chelsea Kyler is conducting research in an ash tree plantation on the University Park campus, which was established years before she was born, focusing on the effects of the emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle native to Asia.

Erica Pilgram (right) posed in France with her research partner, a master's degree student from Arkansas.
May 24, 2013

How do you get a child to eat his or her vegetables? This is just one of the problems that Erica Pilgram tackled during a summer stay in France.