In this digital world, technology is becoming more prevalent in all aspects of life, and students at Iowa State University have utilized technology to gain the knowledge and tools that will help the world construct crops that can thrive in our ever-changing environment.
One of those students is Ashlyn Rairdin, who enrolled at Iowa State in fall of 2019, after studying biochemistry and graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
“I had always had an interest in engineering, but I have a larger interest in biology, so I chose that when I went to college,” Rairdin said.
One senior in the Department of Agronomy is given the Outstanding Senior Award yearly. Students are selected based on high academic standing, leadership in activities (especially relating to agriculture and agronomy), and good character. The selection is made by members of the senior class in agronomy as well as advisors.
After graduation, Tyler will be working as an agronomist for CNH Industrial. Tyler noted that his favorite class that he took at Iowa State was TSM 433 - Precision Agriculture.
"Have fun and take chances! At CALS Career Day don't leave until you have no more resumes left. That's how I landed an internship with a company I never thought would offer one for agronomy majors, but since I had one resume left I went to them and it lead to an internship which lead to a full time position," said Tyler.
Tyler also enjoyed his time studying abroad, especially with Dr. Burras.
"If it is your first time abroad, go with Dr. Burras. He makes it fun and you will really enjoy your first trip out of the country," said Tyler.
After a crazy past month with everything moving to online and our graduation ceremony being canceled, our seniors deserve some extra love!
Our next senior feature is Austin Day.
Austin will be graduating in May and will be heading out in the industry to work in agricultural marketing. During his time as an undergrad, Austin says his favorite class was Soil Conservation and Land Use.
"Even when classes get hard and you want to give up, keep pushing through. You'll get through your troubles quicker than you think," said Austin.
Best wishes in your new job and future endeavors, Austin!
PhD candidate Qi Mu has recieved the Gerald O. Mott Meritorious Graduate Student Award in Crop Science. The award recognizes top-notch graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in crop science disciplines. Departments select students based on academic achievements, research and teaching contributions, leadership accomplishments, service activities and personal qualifications. The award honors the first CSSA President, Gerald O. Mott, who trained 75 graduate students during his 45 year career at Purdue University and the University of Florida. Many of his students have become eminent forage scientists.
Our next senior is Nick Allen, who is interested in soil conservation.
Nick plans to join the workforce, with hopes to obtain a job that allows him to apply his knowledge in soils.
His favorite class he took at Iowa State was Agron 463 - Soil Formation and Landscape Relationships. Nick enjoyed being able to travel around the state to see the soils and concepts learned in class in person, which really helped drive the points home.
"Don't be afraid to take classes you would not normally take, it may just change your career path," said Nick.
Samantha will be graduating in May and becoming an Assistant Grower and Research and Trial Lead at PlantPeddler.
During her time at Iowa State, Samantha's favorite class was Plant Pathology 408.
"Make sure to join some clubs that you are interested in, participate in a couple intramural sports with friends, and don't be scared to ask your professors questions during office hours," said Samantha.
Our next senior, Blake Lineweaver, will be taking a unique path after graduating this summer.
"I'll be completing a year of national service with AmeriCorps VISTA at Feeding Laramie Valley in Laramie, Wyoming," said Blake. "My position in Food Capacity Development seeks to improve sustainable community access to regionally local, fresh and healthy fruits and vegetables through increased food production and distribution in Albany County, Wyoming, with a particular emphasis on people living with poverty, children and elders, people who are often disenfranchised, people in rural locations, and people living with disabilities and chronic illness."
Blake's favorite class he took was Agron 342 World Food Issues: Past and Present.