Monday, August 22, 2016

Back at Purdue after a great summer at Cornell!

Welcome back, Boilers! It feels good to be back after almost 9 months of being away from studying abroad at University College Dublin to completing my summer internship. I just wanted to share a little bit about my summer--what a fun experience! 

This summer I participated in a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergradutes (NSF REU) at the Boyce Thompson Institue at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Myself and 20 other undergradutes from around the country worked in various labs on projects related to plant genomics in various systems. and I worked in Dr. Mike Scanlon's lab investigating the establishment of leaf polarity in tomato, specifically using a in situ hybridization. I definitely learned a lot of lab technqiues, as well as how to ask good questions and think critically in a research environment. 

The world of Purdue Agronomy is a small one... Former Agronomy Ambassador and Purdue alumnus Daniel Sweeney is now a graduate student in Plant Breeding & Genetics doing his PhD work in small grains breeding. Funny enough, he gave me a tour when I was in high school thinking about attending Purdue! He showed me some of the wheat and barley projects in the department. Wherever you go, you're never too far from a Boilermaker! 

The Boyce Thompson Institute Plant Genomics intern group, Summer 2016

Visiting Dan at Cornell!

I also got to explore the lovely city of Ithaca, with its lakes and gorges and hiking! A lot of us got to travel to Niagara Falls and New York City, as well. Overall, it was a great opportunity offered through NSF, and I highly recommend any current or future students who are interested in research to look into summer REU program offered through the NSF. 

Here is a link to the NSF REU website:

This is the link to the Boyce Thompson Institute Intern page if you want to see more about my research this summer!: 

The summer was great, but I am looking forward to senior year and taking some fun classes!-- History of Horticulture, Bee Biology & Beekeeping, and Plant Breeding. Have a great school year!

--Hailey Edmondson, Plant Genetics & Breeding '17

Thursday, July 21, 2016


Hello, my name is Abigail Clark and this is my last year here at Purdue. I am from Frankfort, IN so Purdue isn't too far from home. I am one of four children from my lovely parents and we all will be Purdue Alums by this time next year! This coming spring I will be graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Agronomy with a concentration in crop and soil management. My past two summers I have had an internship with Windy Lane Farms as their New Technology Intern. Through that experience I have worked with UAVs, 360 Yield Soil Scan, Y-drops, farming software, and crop diagnostics programs. The internship allowed me take classroom material and apply it to the real world. This summer I was able to train a new employee on a few pieces of technology and equipment. Along with that I have been working part time for Halderman Farm Management. In just a short week I will be off to Ireland with a study abroad group from Purdue where we will be learning about the Equine Industry. I am very excited to travel with Purdue to expand my knowledge on the equine industry abroad. In my spare time this summer I have enjoyed camping with my family, fishing, and spending time with my 6 month old niece. I look forward to this coming semester at Purdue. Boiler Up!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Hello, My Calvin Knotts. I am a Senior in the Agronomy Department majoring in Crop and Soil management. I have spent the past 4 summer working with my best friend raising processing tomatoes for Red Gold Inc.We now have our 2016 crop  transplanted and are working to fertilize and protect them from disease.
I have had the great opportunity today to meet 4 incoming members to our agronomy department. These individuals are participating in the Pathway To Purdue Program and have the intentions of acquiring their bachelors in Agronomy. As a transfer Student from Ivy Tech I could relate well to the group and I encouraged them to set big goals for their future and keep pushing towards them. It's been a great summer so far and I look forward to seeing everyone in the fall and meeting the new members of the agronomy department.  

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Sweet Summertime!

Hello everyone,

My name is Nick Thompson and I am a Junior studying Crop and Soil Management here at Purdue.  I am a new ambassador for this coming school year and look forward to serving the Agronomy Department.  I am also involved with the Agronomy club and personally believe this department is one of the best on campus.  I am currently planning to graduate in December of 2017.  My home town is Warren, Indiana which is a small town south of Fort Wayne roughly 45 minutes.  My family started row crop farming in 2008 which sparked my interest in agriculture and agronomy.  On campus I am also involved with Boiler Gold Rush and FarmHouse Fraternity.  Outside of school I enjoy hunting and the outdoors.  Fun fact, I have been black bear hunting twice and look forward to going many more times.  This summer I am testing the waters with the family business, I am working at Huntington Tool & Die and our family farm when I am needed there.  I enjoy engineering and machining so far and look forward to the rest of summer.  Maybe I'll be able to combine agronomy and engineering someday!

Enjoy the rest of summer and your time at Purdue!

Best regards,

Nick Thompson
Feel free to contact me at

Monday, May 30, 2016

Happy Summer!

Hello everyone!

My name is Sarah Voglewede, and I am one of the new Agronomy Ambassadors this year! I am so excited to be given this opportunity to become more involved in the Department of Agronomy as well as the College of Agriculture! I am a sophomore majoring in Agronomy with a concentration in Agronomic Business and Marketing, as well as a minor in Food and Agribusiness Management. I plan to graduate in the spring of 2019 and then go on to graduate school. In addition to being involved as an Agronomy Ambassador I am part of the Leadership Development Certificate Program, the Dean's Scholars Certificate Program, an officer in Agronomy Club, and a Student Ambassador at the Purdue Welcome Center. Purdue was a great choice for me, and even though I don't have an agricultural background I feel so welcomed. I am originally from the Lafayette area, but I lived in Calgary, Canada from 8th grade through 10th grade. My family now lives in Pittsboro, Indiana which is a small town outside of Indianapolis. This summer I have the wonderful opportunity to work with Co-Alliance as a crop scout in the Region 1 area. I am excited to be able to use the agronomic knowledge from the classroom and apply it out in the field. I am so eager to get to know averyone through my position as ambassador these next few years! If anyone has questions about agronomy or even the College of Agriculture, especially if you have any concerns about not being from an agriculture background, feel free to ask!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Summer's Here!

Hello Everybody!
I cannot believe that my first year at Purdue is already over! Time sure flies by when you're having fun. I am Dakota Westphal and I am very excited to be joining the Agronomy Ambassadors this year. I am a Sophomore majoring in Agronomy with a concentration in Business and Marketing and plan to graduate in the Spring of 2019. In addition to being an Agronomy Ambassador, I enjoy being involved in the Agronomy Club and also being a part of the Purdue Soils Judging Team. My hometown is Remington, Indiana which is just a half hour north of Purdue. I love living in a small town while helping coach a little league softball team, play sports myself, play some instruments, and hang out with family around a campfire. This summer I have the wonderful opportunity to intern with AgVenture D&M who is based out of Kentland, Indiana. I will be traveling throughout Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and Kentucky to learn more about the seed business. Throughout the summer I will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with farmers and AgVenture Yield Specialists alike. I will be prospecting for future customers and performing exercises with farmers to show them what the future of their fields looks like this year. I will get a chance to show them how our company can help drive up their profitability through increasing production and lowering costs. I cannot wait to share what I have learned and am excited to be an Agronomy Ambassador!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Me, myself, and I

Hello folks,

Now that freshman year is over, I feel I am established enough to accurately describe myself. My name is Nick Roysdon, and I am from the small town of Heyworth, Illinois. I graduated with a class of about 54 people, but have transitioned well to the great amount of people at Purdue. Campus really is a big town with a small town feel.

I study Agronomy: Crop and Soils Management, and plan to graduate in spring of 2019. I enjoy hanging out with friends, and growing plants. This summer, I have an internship with co-alliance, working as a crop scout in western Indiana. If anyone is looking for an out-of-state opinion on why to come to Purdue, I would be more than willing to help you out!