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Perla Carmenate started exploring the science of agriculture in high school after reading a book about space travel.

The book, “Shades of Earth” by Beth Revis, features a character whose mom is a scientist studying the soils and agriculture of another planet while traveling through the universe. That fascinated Carmenate, who graduates on May 9 with a bachelor’s degree in agronomy.

“She was a scientist, who would take plant and soil samples from a new planet to study and compare it to the agriculture on earth and the spaceship,” Carmenate said. “I just thought that was so cool and I followed that into agronomy which over time has led me to study soils and as I refined my major, I decided to pursue urban soils.”

For Carmenate, agriculture is similar to a beautiful painting composed of several layers.

The 2020-2021 Brown Graduate Fellowship Program as administered by ISU’s Office of the Vice President of Research. This fellowship is to be used to strategically advance ISU research in the areas of study that are governed by the Valentine Hammes Family and Leopold Hammes Brown Family Trust. Fellowship funds (maximum request of $10K) can be used to assist current graduate students or by graduate programs in the recruitment of new graduate students.

Graduate student are eligible that

Congratulations to our spring graduates! 

Brittany Abernathy 

Meet senior Brittany Abernathy, originally from Indianola, Iowa! After graduation, Brittany will be moving to Bear, Delaware where she will be a full time employee for Corteva Agrisciences. Her favorite class during her time here was Weed ID with Dr. Hartzler.

Once Brittany moves, she is definitely going to miss being able to live so close to all of the friends that she has created during her time here. Her favorite memory while being here would have to be meeting with different professionals in the same field and hearing their different experiences and stories.

Macy Heetland graduated in December of 2015, and has kept herself busy working for Syngenta in Murray, Kentucky. She is a support specialist where she assists Syngenta Personal and AgriEdge Specialists and their growers in Land.db. She also trains new AgriEdge and Certified AgriEdge Partners on the functionalities of the Land.db Software. Macy leads the Sustainability Project, and is the Back-up Lead on E-Luminate. Macy likes working with growers from all over the United States and training them on the Land.db software.

Staci (Schmitt) Osborn graduated from Iowa State in 2006 with her degree in Agronomy. She is currently located in Winthrop, Iowa where she is a Field Testing Agronomist for Bayer. Her primary job duties are planning, planting, scouting, and harvesting field trials around northeast Iowa. Staci enjoys the variety that comes with her job. Each day is different and the people that she works with can vary week to week which is a nice change of pace for her.

The Agronomy Department had lots of opportunities to be involved and with those opportunities, they led her to meeting new people. It also provided her the opportunities for speaking and working closely with professors.

Britt Moore comes from Chicago, Illinois where his interest in agronomy started. He attended a high school that focused on agriculture called CHSAS (Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences.) He continued his education at Truman State where he got his bachelors in Ag science. Moore came to Iowa State in 2009 to get his Masters in Crop Production & Physiology and Sustainable Agriculture. After receiving his masters, he moved to Florida where he taught high school environmental science.

When Moore moved back to Iowa he worked with ISU Extension and Outreach as a cover crops specialist. Currently he is working on getting his PhD in soil physics.

The Graduate Club offers the master's and doctoral candidates in the department an opportunity to socialize, gain leadership experience and provide opportunities to further research and presentation skills. The Club organizes the department seminar series every Fall. They hold various social events that bring together graduate students, faculty and staff. Possibly most importantly, they provide a network of people who understand the unique life of a graduate student. Recently the Agronomy Graduate Club elected new officers:

President: Swetabh Patel

VP: Henrique Uliana Trentin

Secretary: Fernando Silva Aguilar

Treasurer: Arthur Pereira da Silva

Seminar Planning Chairs: Cassandra Winn & Teresa Middleton

Social Committee: Anabelle Laurent

GPSS Senators: Katherine Taylor, Rosemary Bulyaba & one vacancy

Faculty dvisers are Rick Cruse & Ken Moore

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