The Outstanding Graduate Student Award is to recognize the efforts and accomplishments of a graduate student toward completing course work, research, professional development, and other departmental service activities in his or her time at Iowa State University. It is presented by the Agronomy Graduate Student Club.
Kaleb Baber recently got back from a study abroad trip to the University of Tasmania in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. He went through Iowa State University’s Study Abroad Center. Kaleb was there from July through November, and he took three classes; Genetics, Pasture & Animal Science, and Soil Formation.
Nate and Lizzy met as students in the Agronomy Department and are recent graduates. Nate asked Lizzy out on their first date after he had kissed her. He stopped and said that he wanted to do it the right way, so he asked her on a date mid-kiss. Of course Lizzy said yes, and Nate planned the perfect date. Mini golfing, sushi and a night under the stars in a hay field with a bottle of red wine and plastic wine glasses, which they still have.
The couple got engaged last Christmas at the High Trestle Trail Bridge in the freezing cold and with a secret photographer, but it was perfect. The bridge was the first place where the couple spent time just the two of them talking about life and their purpose.
Not only is Zach Timm a junior in Agronomy, crop production and business option, but he also throws shot put for the Iowa State Men’s Track and Field Team. The Men’s Track and Field Team has already began its season, with the first meet being on December 8th at the Jimmy Grant Invitational in Iowa City.
Practices typically range from 1 hour to up to 3 hours normally. Starting in August, when everyone returns to campus, practices are a limited amount of hours, but starting in October they begin full hours depending on the year.
Jacob Wright’s (AGRONOMY) adventure has taken him across the country. From his home in Virginia to Iowa State, Jacob wanted to learn all he possibly could. He was determined to get experience with a variety of crops and focus on the environment. His adventure continued carrying him west, to California for an INTERNSHIP with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Napa.
A huge congratulations is in order for Jacob Wright on receiving two SSSA scholarships. Jacob received the Golden Opportunity Scholarship and the Hubert Byrd Scholarship. The Golden Opportunity program, sponsored by ASA, CSSA, and SSSA, develops the agronomy, crops, soils, and environmental science professions by strengthening the next generation of leaders in the profession. Undergraduate students from across the world in associate or bachelor degree programs are considered. Specifically undergrads interested in graduate school.
Our next graduating senior is Nicholas Schuh in both Agronomy and Seed Science. In the spring semester, Nicholas will be attending Kansas State University in the plant breeding graduate student program. When Nick leaves, he will miss the agriculture community.
“I have learned as much from the people in agronomy as I have in the agronomy courses and that has made me a very well rounded and current agronomist.”
Introducing Derrick Kapayou, our next senior spotlight. He is a soil science and environmental quality option student. After graduation, he will be attending graduate school. Derrick is going to miss his mid-day naps after he graduates. But he is excited for the income that accompanies full time employment.
His favorite memory from Agronomy was Dr. Christian’s crop seed ID class, and his time spent in the greenhouse learning plant specimens. His Iowa State experience has involved bartending on the weekends and Agronomy studies all week.
December graduation is quickly approaching us! Over the next few weeks, stay tuned to our Senior Spotlights showcasing the hardwork these seniors have put in during their time here.
Check out our first senior!
Hannah Corey, an environmental and soil science option, will be the Product Research and Development Director for Allendan Seed Company in Winterset, IA. She will be working in wildflower and native grass seed production. After graduation, she is excited for the challenge of her new career and to see what this next chapter of life will bring to her!