Graduate Student Profile
Ashley Rice is a first-year master’s student studying Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication. She grew up on a grain and livestock farm in Philo, Illinois where she was involved in 4-H for 10 years. Ashley received her bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in Agriculture Communications and Leadership in May 2017. Her diverse summer internships at University of Illinois Extension, Illinois Water Resources Center and John Deere Technology Innovation Center pushed her to want to further research and study in the field of agricultural communications. Ashley ultimately chose Purdue because of the immense research and professional development opportunities available in ASEC as well as the broad faculty interests. Ashley splits her time as a Graduate Assistant between College of Agriculture Transformational Experiences (CATE), Dr. Mark Tucker in the Department of Agricultural and Sciences Education and Communication (ASEC) and the Transforming Drainage project in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE). Helping others is a passion of Ashley’s, and after graduation, she would like to work as an Academic or Career Advisor, or in Extension, so she can impact future generations of agriculturalists and consumers. Ashley notes, “Graduate school will help me reach my goal of becoming an agricultural professional because I am learning to apply research, theories and literature to real-world experiences on a daily basis.”
BS Agriculture Communications and Leadership Illinois State University
Ashley’s research interests include public engagement with science and agriculture, agronomic and natural resources outreach and communication.