World President of the International Association of Students in Agricultural and Related Sciences
Experiencing the World
I have had the most amazing opportunities at Iowa State. I currently serve as World President of the International Association of Students in Agricultural and Related Sciences (IAAS). It's both a challenging and an incredible opportunity.
Our mission is to promote the exchange of knowledge, experience and ideas for students in agricultural and related sciences all around the world. To do this I travel and communicate extensively with students from all over the world. I work with students from other cultures who are passionate about agriculture and making the world a better place.
At Iowa State students are given the opportunity to both study abroad and interact with international students on campus, but IAAS has given me the opportunity to actually work with people who are living and studying in places all around the world.
In IAAS (Iowa State's International Ag Club) and through the college's other travel opportunities, I've traveled to Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Belgium, Ecuador, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Mexico, and Guatemala, and will be headed many more places during the rest of my term.
I want to work for small-scale farmers in developing nations by improving their access to traditional crops with enhanced tolerance to stress. I'm interested in finding sustainable solutions for farmers and their families through agronomic research.
I'm planning to attend graduate school in plant breeding. My long-term goal is to attain my doctorate degree and work at an international research center.