Agricultural Sciences and Education and Communication

How the College of Agriculture is encouraging diversity through mentorship

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

By Emma Ea Ambrose  According to Levon Esters, Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication (ASEC) professor, the main reasons students leave graduate school are lack of funding and a lack of quality mentorship. These two issues often disproportionately affect women and students of color, two populations underrepresented in graduate programs. To address this issue, Esters and…

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ASEC graduate student’s NASA journey

Monday, October 15th, 2018

By Emma Ea Ambrose  Someplace between Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ms. Frizzle of “The Magic School Bus” lies Jessica Merzdorf’s career sweet spot. Merzdorf is a Purdue University graduate student with the Agricultural and Sciences Education and Communication Department. She studies science communication with Linda Pfeiffer, specializing in climate change communication. She was…

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