Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Back to school!

Hey! My name is Julia Fibbe and I am currently a sophomore attending Purdue University studying Agronomy with the concentration of Crop and Soil Management. I am from a small town in Massachusetts called Hamilton which is about forty-five minutes north of Boston on the coast. This past summer I worked as an assistant grower on a farm in my hometown where we grew 20 different crops and distributed them through farmers markets, CSA’s and local restaurant orders. When I wasn’t farming I spent most of my time at the beach or at a lake with my family. I hope everyone had a great summer and are ready to get back to school. If anyone has any questions about the agronomy department or concerns about being an out-of-state student studying agriculture feel free to reach out to me by email at! 

Wow, senior year is here already!!

My name is Jurgin Cripe.  I'm a senior here at Purdue University studying agronomy with a concentration in business and marketing.  I'm from North Manchester, IN which is in the Northeastern part of the state.  We have a row crop, hay, and cow calf operation which takes up much of my free time especially on weekends and harvest time.  Ever since I was a little kid I knew I either wanted to farm or do something in the agricultural field so I decided what better way to pursue that dream than to attend one of the best agricultural schools in the nation.  So here I am, senior year and beginning the application process for a potential dream job. 

This past summer I had the opportunity to intern with Crop Production Services, thanks to Purdue's agricultural career fair they host every semester.  While I was with CPS this summer I was able to work hands on with all aspects of their business.  CPS is the countries leading provider of agricultural inputs.  They provide farmers many ag services, and agricultural products such as fertilizer, chemical, and seed.  My activities this summer included scouting fields, working with farmers, delivering different products to farmers, and other various operations around the plant.  I also had the opportunity to travel around to a different CPS plants once every week all across the state with other CPS interns who predominantly attended Purdue as well. This internship provided for me sales experience, many networking opportunities, and agronomic training which will benefit me throughout my career.

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