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.
Alli Harms, junior in agronomy, spent her past summer in Milford, Iowa, with Cooperative Farmer’s Elevator as an Agronomy Sales Intern. Each day was different throughout her internship. A couple of things she focused on were crop scouting, tissue and nitrate sampling, and attending meetings and plots. A few of her other responsibilities included putting up field signs, training, working on field trials, transporting materials to growers, and flying the drone.
This past summer, senior in agronomy, Brooke Beinhart, had the opportunity to intern virtually with Land O’Lakes as their Corporate Sourcing Intern. Her daily tasks included attending meetings, following markets, and working on her capstone project. The capstone project she was working on consisted of developing logistical models to help meet the needs of the companies customers and finding more efficient ways to track feed consumption at the dairy farm level.
The C. R. Weber Award for Excellence in Plant Breeding was established in 1981 to recognize outstanding academic and research accomplishments by plant breeding graduate students in the Department of Agronomy.
C. R. Weber was a professor in the Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University who made outstanding contributions to plant breeding, particularly in soybeans. The award was established by his family and friends to reward graduate students with the same goal for excellence to which he aspired.
A cash award of $500 will be given to students in the Department of Agronomy with majors in plant breeding who meet the qualifications.
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.
Kuan-Yi Lee came to Iowa State from Taipei, Taiwan with little experience and knowledge in agriculture. Following her curiosity, Kuan-Yi led a great adventure at Iowa State and has big plans for the future.
"I began my college experience at the Department of Agronomy at National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan, where I studied for one year and became very interested in crop production and I learned more about agronomy," said Kuan-Yi. "My family asked me to study abroad and I decided to look for a university with an outstanding agronomy program and I found Iowa State University. In addition, the department chair of agronomy at my former university got his MS in Statistics at Iowa State University and spoke highly of the agronomy department."
Riley Wilgenbusch, senior in agronomy and global resource systems, was named this semester's CALS Outstanding Senior. The award recognizes a senior who has shown exceptional effort in leadership, service, and academia.
"I'm truly humbled to receive this award. To be considered among such a talented group of individuals is such an honor. I know that this isn’t solely my work being recognized," said Riley. "The faculty and staff have so well supported me in the Agronomy and Global Resource Systems Departments, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences administration, and university administrators, plus countless other peers, friends, and family who all helped me achieve these goals, push myself to do the next right thing, and comfort me when things were particularly challenging."