July-August 2017

Introducing . . .

CALS Global Programs/Study Abroad are pleased to announce the addition of two new staff members!

Nicole Hurlburt joined the team in June as Communications Specialist.  Nicole will handle communications and marketing duties and also coordinate the international visitors program.  Nicole grew up in Boone, Iowa and was a 2014 Graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelors of Science in Business Management and Marketing. After graduating from ISU, Nicole took a position as Marketing Officer for First National Bank in Ames, Iowa.  Nicole currently resides in Ames with her husband Casey and their two dogs.

In July, we welcomed Rachel Pierce as student advisor for CALS Study Abroad.  Rachel will assist students as they determine where in the world they will study abroad.   Rachel is from Columbus Junction, Iowa and attended Iowa State University double majoring in Global Resource Systems and Environmental Studies with a major in Sustainability.  She spent a semester studying abroad at University College Dublin (UCD) in Ireland and took on an international internship in Nicaragua.  Following her graduation from ISU in 2015, Rachel attended graduate school at UCD and completed her Master of Science in International Development in December 2016.  Rachel resides in Des Moines.

Please feel free to stop by 0018 Curtiss Hall to introduce yourself and welcome Nicole and Rachel.

New International Student Programs - American Councils for International Education

The American Councils for International Education has announced two new programs to assist undergraduate students in Russia (YEAR Flyer) and Turkmenistan (THE Prep4Success) in furthering their education in the U.S.  For more information, visit www.americancouncilsnetwork.org/ or contact Ludmila Clark

Nuffield International Farming Scholars Visit CALS

A group of international agriculture leaders, farmers and researchers toured the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and its facilities on June 19 as part of the Nuffield International Farming Scholars program and CALS Global Programs . . .read more . . .

Recent Agreements

The ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has recently signed or renewed agreements with the following institutions/organizations:

Country Institution
Algeria University of Saad Dahlab of Blida
China Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Costa Rica University of Costa Rica

CALS International Visitors

Visit Dates Country
Visitor(s) Department
August 6-25, 2017 China
Jilin Academy of Ag Sciences
12 visitors Seed Science Center
Yuh Shyy

Reaseheath College Delegation Visits ISU

A group of 21 students and 2 faculty members from Reaseheath College based in Cheshire, United Kingdom, visited CALS June 13-20, 2017. The week-long visit, hosted and arranged by the Global Programs Office, gave the group an opportunity to visit farms, feed lots and other facilities in Iowa. Our sincere appreciation to the following organizations that helped make the visit possible by allowing the group to tour their farms and facilities.


Special thanks to Professor Leo Timms from the Department of Animal Science and Russ Hoffman from the Ag and Bio Systems Engineering Department for accompanying the group and leading some of the visits and enriching the group's experience in Iowa.


CALS Students Reflect on Study Abroad - Summer 2017

Animal and Dairy Science in the Netherlands

“It was everything that I needed on every level. It was a gift that keeps on giving with the experiences and knowledge I have taken from it. I would go back in a heartbeat.”

“This trip was the best decision I have ever made. I got to experience cows, great scenery and even greater people!”

“I have gained respect for agriculture more so than I had before. I am a smarter and more equipped leader for tomorrow because of the opportunities that I have today, and for that, I am grateful.”

I am greatly appreciative of all this study abroad had to give to me and I am excited for all the opportunities that is to come with the study abroad.”

Exploring Ethical Challenges of Leadership - Poland and Germany

“I gained a better appreciation for our world's current government. Especially after learning about the Nazi government and their atrocious history. “

“I was able to work together will my classmates and make a lot of strong friendships.”

“I met some great people and had a great time abroad with them.”

Fruit and Vegetable Crop Production in Germany

“It was awesome and I learned so much!”

“This trip was the trip of a lifetime. It is the first time I have left the country and I wasn't disappointed. I learned so much in such a short span of time about the German culture and history. I may try to intern there at some point.”

“I had the best time with a great group.”

Global Food and Agriculture: China

“I gained immense confidence in myself to make friends and establish relationships anywhere in the world.”

“This trip gave me the opportunity to explore agriculture internationally and really solidified the direction of my studies.”

“This trip meant so much to me. My family has never been out of the country nor attended college. I just am still very grateful that I had the opportunity to go and expand my potential and broaden my horizons.”

“I would tell them that other students should be made aware of all of the positive things that come from studying abroad and that we should figure out ways to allow more students to experience these things.”

Rome: Dean's Global Agriculture and Food Leadership Program

Cathedrals, Castles, Culture and Cuisine-sustainable, Safe, & Nutritious Food in France

“This trip gave me a chance to see the world as a whole and understand global impact of a few things”

Study Abroad Opportunities – Spring 2018

Agricultural Production, Business and Trade in Argentina

March 8 - 19, 2018

Students will analyze production agriculture (a typical farm or ranch), business, and trade in Argentina and compare them with respect to the U.S. Pre-departure orientation will familiarize students with the history, culture, politics, geography, soils, agriculture, economy, and trade of Argentina.

Program Directors:

Natural History of Madagascar - NREM

March 8 - 19, 2018

Students will be introduced to the natural history of Madagascar with an emphasis on tropical rainforest and arid spiny forest habitats. This will require short visits to two contrasting regions of the country. This will provide students with an opportunity to:

  1. Contrast competing use of forest resources
  2. Learn how the forests are managed
  3. Experience the incredible biodiversity of Madagascar with a particular emphasis on lemurs, birds, plants, and people. Ultimately, students will place Madagascar biology in the context of evolutionary time, and will examine human impacts and exploitation of natural resources that contrast with a growing ecotourism industry.

Program Directors:

BREXIT:  The British Vote to Exit from the EU . . .History and Possible Outcomes

March 8 - 18, 2018

The Edinburgh & London trip during Spring Break 2018 will offer an opportunity to explore the history and government in both Scotland and Great Britain. The 10 days spent in Edinburgh and London will involve trips to both the Scottish and the British Parliaments and visits to National Museums and other historical sites in Britain, from Roman to modern day. The ultimate goal of the time in Britain is to provide students with an understanding of the complexities of the British culture and the experience of traveling abroad.

Program Directors:

Caribbean Marine Biology, Roatan Island, Honduras

March 11 - 18, 2018

This program is specifically designed to provide students with a unique field marine biology experience. The seminar portion of the course involves lectures on coral reef biology.  The field trip portion of the course will involve on-site lectures at the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences (RIMS) by local experts and extensive diving/snorkeling activities in a variety of marine habitats on the world's second largest barrier reef system.

Program Directors:


Information about our upcoming travel courses can be found at http://www.agstudyabroad.iastate.edu/programs


Twenty-two students were awarded study abroad scholarship for the Fall semester.  These scholarships would not have been possible without the following donor funded scholarships

  • James N. and Cleone B. Warner International Agriculture Development Fund
  • Jim and Connie Mohn Scholarship
  • Max and Denise Rothschild Undergraduate Student Foreign Travel Fund
  • Louis M. Thompson Study Abroad Scholarship
  • Jay and Julie Cornelius Jacobi Scholarship for Agricultural Study Abroad
  • Jerry Benning Study Abroad Fund scholarship
  • Behrens Scholarship for Study Abroad
  • Study Abroad Endowed Scholarship


Click here to learn about these donor funded scholarships and other scholarship opportunities available.

Scholarships . . .Fall 2016, Spring 2017 and Summer 2017






Where Are CALS Faculty/Staff Traveling?




  • Sotirios Archontoulis, Agronomy, Greece, invited presentations/lectures
  • Emily Berg, Statistics, Morocco, participate in international conference
  • Francesca Bertolini, Animal Science, Italy, research; present paper at international conference
  • Julie Blanchong, NREM, Uganda, lead student travel course
  • Steven Bradbury, NREM, Mexico, invited presentation at international conference
  • Tracy Bruns, Seed Science, Mexico, participate in international conference
  • Shweta Chopra, ABE, India, research
  • Jodi Cornell, Global Programs, France, site visit with French exchange partners
  • Philip Dixon, Statistics, Uruguay, teach short course
  • Kevin Duerfeldt, Horticulture, Uganda, lead student travel course
  • David Grewell, ABE, China, Germany, invited presentation/lectures; market of CB2
  • Heike Hofmann, Statistics, Mexico, participate in international conference
  • Russell Jurenka, Entomology, Japan, invited presentation at international conference
  • Kendall Lamkey, Agronomy, South Africa, participate in international conference
  • Sergio Lence, Economics, Ghana, Italy, training; consulting; participate in international conference
  • Stacy Lindshield, Anthropology, Costa Rica, research
  • Elisabeth Lonergan, Animal Science, Ireland, participate in international conference
  • Steven Lonergan, Animal Science, Ireland, participate in international conference
  • Ebby Luvaga, Economics, Belize, student travel course site visit
  • William Meeker, Statistics, Morocco, invited presentation at international conference
  • Bradley Miller, Agronomy, Burkina Faso, invited presentation at international conference
  • Melissa Monson, Animal Science, Ireland, invited presentation at international conference
  • Giancarlo Moschini, Economics, Italy, participate in international conference
  • Gretchen Mosher, ABE, Georgia, teach
  • Rita Mumm, Agronomy, South Africa, participate in international conference
  • Gail Nonnecke, Horticulture, Uganda, lead student travel course
  • Kurt Rosentrater, ABE, France, Uganda, lead student travel course; research
  • Max Rothschild, Animal Science, Ireland, participate in international conference
  • Richard Schultz, NREM, Uganda, lead student travel course
  • Walter Suza, Agronomy, South Africa, participate in international conference
  • Catherine Swoboda, Horticulture, Uganda, lead student travel course
  • Rodrigo Tarte, Animal Science, Ireland, invited presentation at international conference
  • Christopher Tuggle, Animal Science, Ireland, invited presentation at international conference
  • Mary Wiedenhoeft, Agronomy, France, student travel course site visit
  • Jeffrey Wolt, Seed Science, Austria, keynote presentation at international conference
  • Jianming Yu, Agronomy, China, invited visit
  • Zhengyuan Zhu, Statistics, Morocco, participate in international conference


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