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.”
Introducing Derrick Kapayou, our next senior spotlight. He is a soil science and environmental quality option student. After graduation, he will be attending graduate school. Derrick is going to miss his mid-day naps after he graduates. But he is excited for the income that accompanies full time employment.
His favorite memory from Agronomy was Dr. Christian’s crop seed ID class, and his time spent in the greenhouse learning plant specimens. His Iowa State experience has involved bartending on the weekends and Agronomy studies all week.
December graduation is quickly approaching us! Over the next few weeks, stay tuned to our Senior Spotlights showcasing the hardwork these seniors have put in during their time here.
Check out our first senior!
Hannah Corey, an environmental and soil science option, will be the Product Research and Development Director for Allendan Seed Company in Winterset, IA. She will be working in wildflower and native grass seed production. After graduation, she is excited for the challenge of her new career and to see what this next chapter of life will bring to her!
Megan Kemp spent the summer before her senior year in Kamuli district, Uganda, where she was the Agronomy Intern for Iowa State University - Uganda Program. She conducted a small study on the cultural considerations of agricultural recommendations given through the Uganda Program. Megan interviewed women farmers, where she learned about their culture and how it is interconnected with agriculture. While conducting her study, she also gained insight into careers in agricultural extension. She was able to shadow ISU-UP’s agronomy and land use specialist, Moureen Mbezia, and youth entrepreneurship specialist Martin Lukwata.
Our Stephanie Shuler (senior) won the West Central Division Outstanding Intern Award with Helena Chemical Company. Stephanie was a summer sales and agronomy intern for the Hutchinson, KS, wholesale location. During her summer internship, Stephanie worked with many of Helena’s dealer customers, positioning Helena’s proprietary product lines and managing product trials across the central Kansas market. This was Stephanie’s second summer as an intern with Helena. In 2016, she gained experience working at Helena’s retail location in Montgomery, IN.