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Dec 7th, 2022
When Emma Parkins walks across the stage Dec. 16 during the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences graduation ceremony, she may be reflecting on the event as one of her “full circle” moments. Parkins is the fall 2022 recipient of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council Outstanding Senior Award in recognition of her leadership and efforts to encourage professional advancement for women in agriculture.
Dec 6th, 2022
Food insecurity is a global concern, but it can also strike close to home. The complexity of this issue cannot be solved with a single solution — it must be approached from multiple angles. Students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences teamed up with students from various other departments at Iowa State University to compete in Iowa State’s first-ever Food Insecurity Challenge.
Dec 6th, 2022
From club involvement to building relationships with fellow members of Alpha Gamma Rho, Andrew Boschert’s many roles in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have contributed to him receiving the CALS Council Outstanding Ambassador of Agriculture and Life Sciences Award for fall 2022. Boschert, a senior in animal science from Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, attributes his adventure at Iowa State University to the confidence and leadership abilities he has today.
Dec 5th, 2022
A family friend introduced Jacob Mefford to the world of food science, and he’s been hooked ever since. Mefford, who graduates from Iowa State University later this month with a degree in food science, grew up near Chicago, Illinois. His family’s friend works for FONA International, a flavor company based in Geneva, Illinois. At the friend’s encouragement, Mefford would often take part in FONA’s consumer taste-test panels. That nourished his interest in the science of playing with ingredients to improve the taste of food and beverages.
Nov 29th, 2022
Cameryn Schafer, senior in animal ecology, is passionate about exotic pets, which is why she established Spock’s Sanctuary. She and Cole Reiman (‘21 agricultural and life sciences education) opened this animal rescue operation at their home in Fontanelle, Iowa, to rehabilitate and rehome reptiles and amphibians that previously received inadequate attention. They also strive to teach pet owners about animal health and welfare.
Nov 29th, 2022
Sarah Martin didn’t have it in her plan to teach agriculture education, but a chance placement during her student teaching rotation changed her course. 
Nov 14th, 2022
Every year, the Horticulture Club grows and sells poinsettias for their annual fundraiser.
Nov 4th, 2022
In addition to completing assignments and taking exams, Luke Dietrich’s college career has consisted of laying bricks and drawing landscaping plans. The senior in horticulture is the owner of Pilot Landscaping Solutions LLC, and he has scaled his business while simultaneously pursuing his degree.
Oct 27th, 2022
Campaniling, fireworks, Yell like Hell and even bacon are a few of the exciting things to look forward to during Iowa State University’s 2022 Homecoming celebration Oct. 30-Nov. 5. A year’s worth of planning goes into making Homecoming week a success, and several College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students have had a part in the process.
Oct 20th, 2022
Many students at Iowa State University associate fall semester with football season, and no football game is complete without the marching band. While each instrument has a unique part to play, Kate Heine is one of three drum majors who bring the band together to create its signature sound.
Sep 27th, 2022
Molly Simmons, junior in environmental science and global resource systems, worked for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) of the United Nations in Washington, D.C. as a Borlaug-Ruan Intern. This intergovernmental organization allocates funds to rural communities in other countries, helping small-holder farmers improve their crop production and gain access to food markets.
Sep 27th, 2022
When Rachel Currant was accepted to the 2022 Borlaug-Ruan International Internship program, she was eager to explore the science of plant breeding. She interned with the International Potato Center (CIP) based in Lima, Peru, and worked for the organization’s branch in Nairobi, Kenya.
Sep 27th, 2022
As a freshman in global resource systems, Idania Carrillo-Martin is eager to choose a technical area that aligns with her interests and aspirations. After participating in the 2022 Borlaug-Ruan International Internship program, she has a clearer image of her academic goals.
Sep 23rd, 2022
Julia Campbell, senior in agricultural business and economics, recently attended the Hoover Institution Summer Policy Boot Camp (HISPBC) in California. This immersion program gives college students and recent graduates insight on different aspects of United States public policy.
Sep 22nd, 2022
Students may join the Iowa State University Bee & Wasp Squad with little background knowledge about the pollinator insects, but chances are, after spending a summer conducting field and lab work, they’ll walk away not only knowing more about bees and wasps, but more about themselves, as well.
Sep 16th, 2022
For the ninth time in its history, the Iowa State University Alpha Gamma Rho – Eta Chapter earned top chapter in the country honors. The fraternity received the Maynard H. Coe Award during the National Alpha Gamma Rho convention at the end of July in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The award, presented every other year, recognizes a chapter that has consistently maintained a high level of chapter operations.
Sep 2nd, 2022
Laura Millage, junior in microbiology and genetics with a minor in public health, gained valuable knowledge during her eight weeks in Botswana as part of the Council on International Educational Exchange program, which is a partner to Iowa State University’s study abroad program.
Sep 2nd, 2022
The Iowa State University Agricultural Business Club was awarded the Outstanding Chapter Club and Creative Club awards and earned a top quiz bowl placing at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Annual Awards and Fellows Ceremony.
Aug 26th, 2022
Iowa State University’s Integrated Pest Management program is using poetry and video to bring extension resources to you in a new way: via the Phytopoetry Project.
Aug 23rd, 2022
To fry bacon in water, or not to fry bacon in water? That is the question Jess Pryles, current student in Iowa State University’s meat science graduate certificate program and creator of Hardcore Carnivore, sought to answer for her final project while she was on campus earlier this month.
Aug 22nd, 2022
Earlier this summer, three bronze cow-calf sculptures were installed at Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, the Iowa State Fair and in Toledo, Iowa. The sculptures are replicas of the original one, created by Norma “Duffy” Lyon, which has been on display since 1991 atop a hill overlooking the Highway 63 and Business Highway 30 intersection in Toledo.
Aug 18th, 2022
Nathan Behrends, senior in agricultural studies, was one of the 10 students chosen nationwide to attend the Ag Voices of the Future program in Washington, D.C. earlier this summer. The program, sponsored by the American Soybean Association and Valent U.S.A., took place July 11-14, and is aimed at exposing young people to major policy issues and advocacy within agriculture.
Aug 17th, 2022
Nine students from across the country presented at the Cyclone Scholars Summer Research Experience and George Washington Carver Internship Program Research Symposium as a culmination of eight weeks of mentored research.
Aug 3rd, 2022
Ten Iowa State University students representing six different majors explored France June 5-18 as part of the Cathedrals, Castles, Culture and Cuisine-Sustainable, Safe & Nutritious Food in France study abroad trip.
Jul 26th, 2022
Safety and testing, tractor performance and maneuverability are just a few of the components the Iowa State University Cyclone Power Pullers club focuses on each year as they build their very own quarter scale tractor.

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