As a student Rachael Cox (BS ’09 and MS ’12) thought outside the box. Today she’s going for what she wants in Guatemala and launching a multi-national business, EarthEmpower. Echoing her time in Agronomy.

“When I came to ISU agronomy there wasn’t a path written out for people like me who were a little weird and wanted a little something different with their life,” says Cox. “But there were people who were ready to support me. I was encouraged to start organizations, organize conferences, build networks, and pursue big dreams. All of those activities are parallel to the daily life of a startup founder.”

After graduate school, Cox was hired by CIMMYT in Mexico to coordinate conservation agriculture research partnerships with national research organizations.

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