Featured Stories

May 15th, 2023
Growing up in small-town Iowa, Trevor Clawson knew he loved agriculture and Iowa State University. What he didn’t know was he would find a way to combine those passions into a degree program that would lead to him painting NFL football fields.
May 5th, 2023
Gracie Greiner, recipient of the spring 2023 Leadership Excellent Award, urges students to get out and involved on campus.
May 5th, 2023
A graduating senior double majoring in agricultural education and studies – communication option, and agronomy, Amber Friedrichsen will receive this semester’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council Academic Achievement Award.
May 5th, 2023
Passion. That is the word Sofia Fernandez would use to describe her affinity for helping people in need. This fire for putting others first has resulted in her being selected for the spring 2023 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council Distinguished Service Award.
May 5th, 2023
Joining different clubs, experiencing new cultures and getting to know people from various backgrounds are all things Turner Anderson encourages others to consider doing to become better global citizens.
May 5th, 2023
Leah Mosher’s involvement in agricultural organizations on and off campus helped to shape her future in agriculture policy.
May 4th, 2023
Over the past four years, Nathan Behrends has grown to be a resounding representative of Iowa State University. His congenial character and consistent leadership have earned him the spring 2023 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Senior Award.
May 3rd, 2023
What factors influence a student’s decision to return to the family farm following college graduation? That is what students in Katie Dentzman’s sociology class sought to find out this semester.
May 3rd, 2023
As a senior in microbiology, Vincent Vanyo has conducted agricultural-, medical- and food science-related research to understand the impacts microorganisms have on our everyday lives. He has looked at bacteria, fungi and viruses from multiple perspectives — not just through the lens of a microscope.
May 2nd, 2023
From a young researcher learning the ropes to a more experienced one mentoring younger researchers, Abby Fowler has fostered her research passion through working in Iowa State University labs. A graduating senior in microbiology, Fowler chose to enroll at Iowa State because of the vast research opportunities available to undergraduate students.
May 1st, 2023
Danny Gill is a CALS Ambassador, talking to prospective students one-on-one to give them a personalized experience of what their lives could look like if they chose to attend Iowa State University.
Apr 27th, 2023
More than 50 years after he started his degree program at Iowa State University, Owen Dykshorn will check graduating from college off of his list – and he will do so alongside his grandson, Charlie.
Apr 20th, 2023
What does environmental action have to do with theater? As an Iowa State University senior in environmental science and performing arts, Valentine Chenus believes the two go hand-in-hand when it comes to spreading a message and making an impact.
Apr 10th, 2023
Andrew Hokanson will be headed to Honduras this summer to complete his proof-of-concept project and re-collect the lost samples of germplasm.
Apr 7th, 2023
Despite being more than 1,000 miles away from home and joining Iowa State University’s campus amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Joe Van Essendelft quickly found a home away from home in Ames. “I came here not knowing anyone, and I’m leaving here feeling like I’m part of a family,” Van Essendelft said, looking ahead to graduation in May.
Apr 7th, 2023
Samuel Shobade, graduate student in biochemistry, is the recipient of the inaugural 2023 Dhamu and Kanchana Thamodaran Innovation in Agriculture Student Award. This award was established to support undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences who have innovative scientific, technological or business ideas for solving grand challenges in agriculture.
Apr 5th, 2023
Alexandra Starkey is researching bio-fungicides, using essential oils to prevent sudden death syndrome in soybeans.
Mar 30th, 2023
The 10th annual Raymond F. Baker Plant Breeding Symposium was held on March 24. The event, part of Corteva’s Symposia Series, is hosted by the Plant Breeding and Genetics Graduate Student Club at Iowa State.
Mar 23rd, 2023
A new learning community specifically for transfer students is helping make the transition to Iowa State University a smooth one. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Transfer learning community was created to help transfer students find roommates and a place to live in Ames.
Mar 21st, 2023
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty Joshua Rosenbloom, economics, and Yanhai Yin, genetics, development and cell biology, were among three Iowa State University researchers the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) recently named to its 2022 class of Fellows.
Mar 20th, 2023
Turner Anderson knew from an early age that the only way he could attend college was if he received a full-ride scholarship. With dreams of one day becoming a veterinarian, Anderson buckled down, worked hard and recently made it one step closer to his dream.
Mar 1st, 2023
Mackenzy Ruff, a sophomore in animal science, is a part of Cyclone Alley. This committee within the Student Alumni Leadership Council are the official leaders of the student section in Hilton Coliseum. They start cheers, direct dances and facilitate giveaways at every home basketball game.
Feb 21st, 2023
Earlier this month, students in the class traveled to Van Wall Equipment in Madrid, Iowa, to install a performance upgrade kit on the Ag 450 Farm’s 20-year-old planter. Working alongside John Deere technicians, the students added new hydraulics, electrical systems and row units – the part of the planter responsible for placing the seed in the ground – to the planter’s frame.
Feb 21st, 2023
Three students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have been named recipients of the 2023 Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award. Established in 1968, the award recognizes students who display notable character, high academic achievement, and are actively involved in on- and off-campus activities.
Feb 13th, 2023
Darcy Bonds has always had a green thumb, which led her to major in horticulture at Iowa State University. She also has a mind for science and an eye for creativity that have bolstered her expertise in plant biology, computer skills and landscape design.