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.
Marjorie is heavily involved at Iowa State, being active in Cardinal Key Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta/Phi Sigma Honor Society, and the Agronomy Club. She previously served as an officer for the Cardinal Key Honor Society. She is also a national student leader, serving as Vice President and President of Students in Agronomy, Soil, and Environmental Sciences (SASES) in 2019 and 2020, respectively.
She will be pursuing her Ph.D. in genetics or plant breeding following graduation. This career path started with the opportunity to work in a laboratory as a freshman at Iowa State and inspiration for what can be achieved in 4 years despite challenges and a global pandemic. We wish Marjorie the best of luck with her future endeavors and congratulate her on all she could accomplish during her 4 years at Iowa State.