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Erica M Ballmer

Youth Development and Agricultural Education 

  • Graduate Research Assistant
765.496.1152
Agricultural Administration Building Room 221
615 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2053

Graduate Student Profile
Erica Ballmer is pursuing a Masters of Science in the department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education, specializing in Agricultural & Science Communication. During her undergraduate career, Erica also had the opportunity to gain professional work experience with internships with the University of Wisconsin – Extension: Dairy Youth Program, the Wisconsin State Legislature, and Case IH (CNH Industrial).  As a graduate research assistant, Erica works with Dr. Linda Pfeiffer on the public communication of science. This work includes mixed methods analysis of how media outlets construct science issues for optimal public engagement, with the goal of developing more effective messaging of science.

Education Degrees
BS Dairy Science/Life Sciences Communication University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professional Activities
National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA); Association of Women in Agriculture, Benefit Corporation (AWABC); Midwest Association of Public Opinion Research (MAPOR) 

Research Interest
Food and agricultural marketing; consumer attitudes, choices & purchasing behavior; public opinion on science issues  

Funding Sources
YDAE Assistantship

Advisors 
Linda J. Pfeiffer, Ph.D. (Chair)
Mark A. Tucker, Ph.D.
Torsten Reimer, Ph.D.

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