Graduate Student Profile
Ashley Rice is a first-year master’s student studying Youth Development and Agricultural Education, specializing in Agricultural and Science 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 YDAE as well as the broad faculty interests. Ashley is a graduate assistant in the College of Agriculture, partly for the College of Agriculture Transformational Experiences (CATE) and partly for her department, Youth Development and Agricultural Education (YDAE). Most of her time for CATE is spent working on the Leadership Development Certificate Program (LDCP), a program designed to help undergraduate students in the College of Agriculture grow their leadership potential. For YDAE, Ashley works with Dr. Mark Tucker on various agricultural communication and 4-H projects. Sharing the story of agriculture through and public engagement and outreach is Ashley’s passion. After graduation, she would like to work in agriculture marketing and communications. 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 engaging farmers in agricultural issues through different communication mediums, soil and water conservation outreach as well as precision agriculture.