Name: Morgan Hinz 

Hometown: Hanna, IN 

Major/Minors/Certificates: Agricultural Economics, Policy/Pre-Law concentration, Political Science minor, Public Policy certificate 

Why did you come to Purdue: Purdue has one of the best colleges of agriculture across the country, as well as the Agricultural Economics department being recognized as a top 5 program. The support our department provides emphasized that it's the best place to be. 

Favorite Purdue Tradition: Evening exams in Elliott Hall. What a thrill! 

quiz bowl team

Top three influences at Purdue: 

  1. Having the upmost privilege working with Dr. Todd Kuethe 
  2. Being the AGEC203 TA for Dr. John Lee and Dr. Chad Fiechter 
  3. My teammates on the AGEC Quiz Bowl Team 

morgan in DC

Top five memories of your time at Purdue: 

  1. Lecturing AGEC203 exam review sessions 
  2. AAEA conferences and Quiz Bowl competitions 
  3. Late night runs to Silver Dipper with friends 
  4. HORT classes where I could take home an excessive amount of plants 
  5. Making lifelong friendships through campus involvement and internship opportunities 

morgan hinz

Places you have been as a Purdue Student: 

  • Austin, TX and Anaheim, CA (AAEA conferences) 
  • Washington, D.C. (National Pork Producers Council internship) 
  • St. Louis, MO (academic research conference) 

Favorite Club/Organization: AGEC Envoys 

Favorite student-led event/initiative: Greek Life philanthropy events 

Favorite Purdue event: Purdue Football night games 

Favorite place on campus: Greyhouse Coffee 

mogran with friends

Favorite thing about the College of Ag: the countless opportunities provided to students who are looking to expand their personal and professional goals. 

Favorite class: AGEC 410 

Favorite teacher: Dr. Todd Kuethe 


Three biggest accomplishments at Purdue: 

  1. College of Agriculture Public Policy in Washington, D.C. Scholarship recipient 
  2. Student Section Vice President for the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association 
  3. Presenting research at NCCC-134 Academic Conference 

Something about you that is not listed on your resume: Involvement in Greek life at the chapter and FSCL level 

Future plans: I plan to pursue a career in agriculture policy in for a short stint in Washington, D.C. After, I will pursue a graduate or law degree focusing on agriculture and public policy. 

Advice for lower classmen: Pursue and accept every academic opportunity during your time in the department. You not only expand your knowledge in the field but develop so many meaningful connections with faculty. Professors in the department will be a guide to help support your ambitions in your time at the university and long after.  

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: Never be afraid to push yourself in the areas that are of interest. This can change one's trajectory in life for the better.