Thursday, September 21, 2017


Transferring to Purdue is a much simpler process then you are building it up to be! Once I got all my documents, such as my transcript, etc., sent over to Purdue with the help of my advisor from Ivy Tech and heard back from Purdue that I got accepted, the transition process was a lot easier than I had imagined it would go. I applied during the winter just before my last spring semester at Ivy Tech and I heard back from them in February or March I believe. From there they sent me a list of what the next steps were I needed to complete. The first step was to attend the Agriculture Transfer Day that was held at Purdue. That day I got to hear from a panel of currently enrolled students from all different departments within agriculture at Purdue. They also happened to be transfer students and had some great feedback for us, prospective students, on what to expect when becoming a future boilermaker. From there we were able to talk and get a quick glance within the departments of our choosing. The first department I chose to talk to was the agribusiness department, because that was my plan all along was to go for agriculture business. That department helped me figure out my course plan for the classes I would need to take but there was just something missing I wasn't getting from that department. So then I decided to go off and talk to the agronomy department, just to weigh out all my option. From there it was all history. The first person I was introduced to was Lee Schweitzer. He is one of the friendliest people you will ever meet. He took a look at my schedule and gave me a guideline sheet of what classes I would need to take if I chose the agronomy department based off of the major I chose. From there he went and introduced me to Sherry Fulk-Bringman. She took me under her wing instantly and basically taught me a weeks worth of soil science knowledge just from what was sitting out for the AGRY 255 (Introduction to Soil Science) students that week. Just the way those two people took care of me and made me feel at home made my decision that much easier when deciding to choose agronomy as my department. From there I needed to attend STAR day, which is Summer Transition Advising and Registration. That day everything happened. You went and heard from the Purdue Agriculture Dean of Students about Purdue Agriculture. I mean it was a room full of 20-30 students along with there parents and or guardian so it was pretty interactive, he helped answer any general questions students or even parents had which was very helpful. Then they split us up based off of which department we applied for which my department happened to be agronomy, obviously, and from there they then helped me by making any revision of classes that I needed to make sure and take to complete the guideline list for the major I chose, then they helped me register for those classes to set up my fall semester. From there STAR day was basically over unless again you had any questions that you may have wanted to run by your advisor or anyone else in that department. Then before the semester started there was a couple of documents that are posted on blackboard that you have to complete before a certain deadline but other than that really you are ready to start your first semester at Purdue University! I mean the process really couldn’t get much easier than the way they had it set up. They walk you through everything you need to complete and present to you step by step how everything needs to be done. I best thing is if you have any questions about anything you are uncertain of they are more than glad to help you or point you in the right direction of who you should talk to about your problem. If you are looking for that type of interaction with faulty and also looking for a place you can call a second home then the Purdue agronomy department is where you will find it.

Boiler Up!

Nathan Slavens

Saturday, September 16, 2017

MACA Conference 2017

Hello everyone,

Last week, I had the opportunity to represent Purdue at the annual Mid America CropLife (MACA) conference in Kansas City, MO. I applied for the young leader scholarship last semester and was chosen in the spring to be apart of the program. The program provides an opportunity to have an all expenses paid trip to the annual conference along with a scholarship to assist with college expenses.

Young Leader Scholarship Recipients
I arrived in Kansas City and took part in a professional development session with industry hosts. We learned how to present ourselves in an interview and how important it is to share our story. During the remainder of the conference, I had the opportunity to do a lot of networking with representatives from all of the major crop protection companies, such as Monsanto, Dow Dupont, Syngenta, and many more. It was refreshing to see companies that compete with each other come together in collaboration on developing new safety standards, advocation, and industry updates. The abundance of kindness from everyone made me appreciate MACA and what they do for the industry at a new level.

My Industry hosts and I
As I return to Purdue, I am thankful for all the opportunities that the college of agriculture has to offer its students. In the Agronomy department, we are blessed with great faculty and staff that invest in us and help us accomplish our dreams through the many opportunities that Purdue offers.

Boiler Up!

Andrew Chupp

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Teaching Biochemistry 309

Hello All!

As the semester has begun to settle in, I'm really excited to share my experiences so far working as a Teaching Assistant for the Biochemistry 309 course here at Purdue!  I took the course last year, and while it was quite challenging, I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about biomolecules, how to perform Bradford and enzyme activity assays, and how to construct my own protocol to purify an enzyme I had no previous experience with!  The course really helped me gain proficiency in using lab equipment and working with spectrophotometers, and I know the skills I gained will help in any future lab setting I am in.  I also really enjoyed the lab coordinator, Dr. Hart, as she is so committed to student learning.  She's very detail-oriented, and I truly look up to her as a role model in the science world.

For all these reasons, I was super thrilled when I applied and was accepted to be one of her TA's for this semester!  This is my first time working as a TA, and I must say, I've learned so much from the experience already.  One of the key lessons I've learned so far is how to be patient and to be more aware of the differences in learning habits students have.  While a calculation may seem intuitive to me, it may be a little challenging for someone else to grasp, so I've learned how to break down information in a way that helps students understand concepts better.  I've also enjoyed working one-on-one with students during my office hours, and I appreciate it when they want to improve on their skills and better understand the class material.  I know my experiences now will really help when it comes to being a TA in grad school.  I can't wait to continue to help students learn as the semester continues, especially when they start purifying LDH!

Best of luck with this semester!


Friday, September 8, 2017

Study Abroad at Purdue

I was lucky enough to spend a semester at Wageningen University in Wageningen, the Netherlands during the spring semester of my sophomore year.  While I was there, I took courses that contributed to my degree plan, so going away did not delay my graduation. I also took a few classes that allowed me to lighten up some of my last semesters. The education system is different in the Netherlands; I was in class from 8:30 to 5:30 everyday, but there was no homework! They also operate on a period system, which meant that I one class for about a month then another one would start.  In addition to an invaluable academic experience, it was possibly a once-in-a-lifetime experience to live in another country and become immersed in the culture. I took Dutch classes and traveled around most of the country. I also was able to travel around the rest of Europe during breaks. Because Wageningen is such an international school, I enjoyed meeting people from all over the world. I had a really fun and enriching semester at Wageningen University!

One of the most exciting things about the College of Agriculture is that they have their own study abroad office. This is a huge advantage because it helps the students ensure that studying abroad can fit in their plan of study or is applicable to their field. Study abroad programs differ by length: there are trips over Winter and Spring Breaks, short-term summer programs (2-4 weeks), long term summer (more than 4 weeks) and semester/year exchange. The shorter-term programs are typically lead by Purdue faculty. Currently, Purdue University is offering the Purdue Moves Scholarship to help offset the costs of a study abroad program.

I really encourage every new student to consider studying abroad during their time at Purdue. For more information about the Purdue Agriculture Study Abroad, please visit

Boiler up!

Mary Rose Mangan

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Welcome Back Fall 2017!

Hey Folks!

Its great to be back at beautiful West Lafayette after a great internship with Beck's Hybrids this summer. Despite the great learning experience, and all the fun I had, I was ready to get back to campus and back to classes.

This semester I am looking forward to my weed sciences class, Botany 304. The class covers a verity of topics related to weed sciences including weed ID, morphology, physiology, and herbicide resistance, which is a hot topic in agriculture right now.

I am also excited to continue in my position of the agronomy club president, and plan some great and exciting events for this year. I am looking forward to interacting with visiting students on campus, and can't wait to answer any of the questions you may have!


Summer Experience

Hello everyone! 

My name is Hannah Padgett and I’m a junior. My major is Agronomy: Crop and Soil Sciences and I’m minoring in Agribusiness and Marketing. I’m a local from Lafayette, IN. This has allowed me to live at home and commute to campus every day. Within campus I’m the recording secretary for the Agronomy Club and involved in Alpha Zeta. I also teach religious education at my church. I recommend joining a club within you major and one to do for fun to allow you to meet new people. 

This summer I had an internship with Crop Production Services. I had the opportunity to learn about the sales process while learning about the products and going on a few sales calls. I got to go out and scout fields for tassel, disease, weeds, and stage of plant. I also got to do soil and tissue sampling. One day this summer I got the opportunity to help one of our farmers apply different nutrient trials to his corn which we later had to come back and take multiple tissue samples from.

Hannah Padgett

        Hello everyone I am Kyle Fogle

       I hope everyone has had a good summer and kept busy without letting fly by too fast.  

       I am a junior here at Purdue in Agronomic Business & Marketing major.  My summer internship was with Premier Ag a southeastern Indiana based company. My internship was focused on crop production and I worked under there Traxx program mainly scouting crops, along with taking nitrogen and tissue samples. I worked a lot on my own, reporting back to the account manager for different recommendations. I also spent time on sales calls with different account managers.