Jen is going places.
She grew up in that most urban of New Jersey counties, Essex, and is now heading off to a fully funded assistantship at Massey University in New Zealand. Fully funded assistantship in New Zealand. Who could say no to that!
But this didn’t happen by chance. Jen has a career goal to become an Ag Industry research scientist. Rutgers School of Environmental & Biological Sciences and her experiences at the Rutgers Agricultural Research & Extension Center farm were the stepping-stones that led to this next waypoint in the journey toward her ultimate goal.
She’s graduating with a 3.6 GPA in the SEBS challenging Plant Biotechnology major, with minor in Biochem. During one summer, she took advantage of a unique opportunity at Rutgers: the Research & Extension Farm Internships. Mentored by our “Ag Renaissance man” Professor Daniel Ward, an Extension Specialist in Fruit, she learned about plants from the molecular, cellular level all the way up to populations of crop plants growing in the fields. This was exactly why she chose the RAREC internship. As she states, “ I wanted to expand my knowledge of plants so that I knew not only how they worked molecularly, but also how they worked as whole plants interacting with their environment.”
We can’t wait to hear about the next leg of her journey.
Education: B.S., Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Field of Study: Plant Biotechnology with minor in Biochemistry
Hometown: Essex County, NJ
Post-graduate Education Plans: Masters in Plant Biology, Massey University, New Zealand.