Kira Rieck, a junior in Global Resource Systems, spent her summer in Boone, IA interning with the Iowa State University BioCentury Research Farm as an Undergraduate Researcher. The Iowa State University BioCentury Research Farm is the first-in-the-nation integrated research and demonstration facility dedicated to biomass production and processing. Biomass includes lignocellulosic crops, crop residues, and grain. It is internationally recognized as the home of cutting-edge bioeconomy science and engineering.
During her summer, her responsibilities included scouting crops and providing detailed research for different experiments that were taking place in numerous plots. Through her work, at the BioCentury Research Farm, she was able to meet other undergraduate students, like her that were equally passionate about the area they were working in. The networking opportunities that lead to great connections are what Kira values the most from her summer. "I did not come from an agricultural background, so working in this position helped me gain insight on various aspects I needed to “catch up on with knowledge ” in agronomy," Kira shares.