Jonah Gray Jonah Gray is a senior in Agronomy and Environmental Science at Iowa State University, and this summer, he was a virtual undergraduate research intern for Kansas State University. Many students became accustomed to remote internships in this past year, Jonah being one of them. Since his internship was virtual, he could do it from Ames and still had the opportunity to build relationships with the other interns and research staff.

Held every Thursday at 2:10 pm in 2050 Agronomy Hall* or virtually join us via Zoom. 

Date Time Speaker Topic Location

Sept. 2*

2:10pm  Mario Perez Bidegain, Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay "Soil conservation policy driven by science in Uruguay"


Sept. 9

Agronomy's crop team attended the national spring invitation crops contest in mid April hosted by Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas.  The event was held in place of the NACTA event which had been canceled.  The Iowa State team placed 2nd overall with Ben Kolbe placing 3rd as an individual overall and 1st as an individual in the math exam portion of the contest. 

Members of the team were Rachel Casey, Jenna Cowan, Ben Kolbe, and Alyssa Swehla.  Wyatt Bailey and Jacob Ewart participated as individuals. 

This senior spotlight is highlighting Majorie Hanneman, who is a senior double majoring in Agronomy and Genetics. One of her greatest accomplishments while at Iowa State was being inducted into the Cardinal Key Honor Society as a junior. This is one of the greatest honors possible to students at ISU. As a sophomore, she placed 2nd place in the R.F. Baker Plant Breeding Symposium Poster Competition, where she displayed her work with transposable elements in maize. Another honorable accomplishment was when she was selected for an NSF/USDA Research Experience for an Undergraduate internship at the Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University.  She was also selected as a Golden Opportunity Scholar by the Agronomy Society of America, Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America in 2019.

The Iowa State Crops Team recently competed at a contest hosted by the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. The team found great success, placing 1st overall in the 4-year division. On the championship team were agronomy students; Rachel Casey, Jenna Cowen, and Benjamin Kolbe. Rachel placed 3rd, Jenna placed 4th, and Benjamin placed 5th as individuals. Alternate, Alyssa Swehla also did very well at the competition.


Jenna Cowan and Alyssa Swehla were the Iowa State Intramural Euchre Champions. The two seniors met at the Freshmen Agronomy Field Trip and have been friends ever since. Both of these seniors are majoring in Agronomy. Alyssa also majors in Global Resource Systems and minors in Sustainability. Besides her Agronomy major, Jenna also is minoring in Sustainability. Alyssa learned how to play euchre from her dad while growing up and has always enjoyed playing cards. Jenna learned how to play euchre from Alyssa during their sophomore year. The two even host regular euchre nights for their friends. They have learned how to complement each other’s moves and dominate games. 

Agronomy student Rosie Roberts had quite the triumph at the recent State of Iowa PAS (Professional Agriculture Students) Conference. She first got involved with the organization as a freshman and now serves as the Vice President. Roberts is a senior double majoring in Agronomy and Agricultural Education. She placed first in both the Turf and Employment Interview competition areas. Roberts will now move on to the National PAS Conference in March to represent Iowa State PAS at the highest level. Advisor Nate Dobbels shared how proud he was by saying, “I know things were different this year, but your success will still rank as one of the best state conferences ever for ISU! Share your success loud and proud, and get ready for nationals!” PAS is a student organization is a student-led organization that allows students to build and sharpen their skills so that they are ready for the workplace.


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