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.
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.
Madeleine will be graduating this spring and beginning her job as a County Youth/Agriculture Program Coordinator for Iowa State University Extension.
During her time at Iowa State, Madeleine said her favorite class was Agron 463 Soil Formations and Landscapes with Dr. Burras.
"Enjoy your last days as a student. Enjoy your breaks, and enjoy your family and friends. School is great, but don't be afraid to put effort into your life experiences and relationships as well," said Madeleine.
Thank you, Madeleine! Good luck on your future endeavors!
With spring quickly approaching, graduation is just around the corner! Over the coming weeks, stay tuned to meet some of our graduating seniors.
Check out our first senior!
Emma Molburg will be graduating in May and staying with us in the Department of Agronomy to pursue her master's degree in soil science. During her time as an undergrad, Emma says her favorite class was Agronomy 354 - Soils and Plant Growth.
An Iowa State University student has received the U.S. Forest Service LEADing Change Agent award.
Megan Kemp, a senior in agronomy and global resource systems, was one of five students nationwide to receive the award during the 2019 Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) 34th Annual Career Fair and Training Conference April 6 in Overland Park, Kansas.
Our next graduating senior is Nicholas Schuh in both Agronomy and Seed Science. In the spring semester, Nicholas will be attending Kansas State University in the plant breeding graduate student program. When Nick leaves, he will miss the agriculture community.
“I have learned as much from the people in agronomy as I have in the agronomy courses and that has made me a very well rounded and current agronomist.”