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September-October 2021

CALS Study Abroad Fair - Tuesday, September 28

CALS Study Abroad Fair September 28
Save the date! The CALS Study Abroad Fair is a great resource for students to find out more about studying abroad through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Active CALS Study Abroad Travel Courses

Maria Buitrago HondurasCaribbean Marine Biology, Honduras 

March 12 - 20, 2022
Program Directors: Donald Sakaguchi, Jeanne Serb
Department: Biology
Application Deadline: October 15, 2021



Allison Lansman France

Cathedrals, Castles, Culture and Cuisine-sustainable, Safe & Nutritious Food in France

June 5 - 18, 2022
Program Directors: Kurt Rosentrater
Department: Food Science, Ag & Biosystems Engineering
Application Deadline: November 30, 2021

Meet Our Student Travel Consultants (STCs)Jack Hubble

Jack Hubble

  • Major: Agricultural Business, Economics, and International Agriculture
  • Hometown: Mahomet, Illinois
  • Experience Abroad: UAE (Thanksgiving 2019), Perrotis College in Thessaloniki, Greece (Spring 2020)
  • On-Campus Involvement: Agriculture Management and Marketing Organization- President, FarmHouse Fraternity, Agricultural Business Club Member, Salt Company 
  • Advice for Students: If you have the opportunity to visit or experience something new, do it. The key to doing these things and getting the most out of the experiences is to come into it with an open mind, and to not let other people's opinions shape your own. Live it for yourself and take from it what you experience!


Andrea SchlieckauAndrea Schlieckau

  • Major: Agricultural Business
  • Hometown: Loganville, Wisconsin
  • Experience Abroad: Perrotis College in Thessaloniki, Greece (Fall 2019)
  • On-Campus involvement: Agricultural Business Club and Block & Bridle
  • Advice for students: Take advantage of the opportunity to travel whenever possible. Life can change very unexpectedly, so be sure to take those opportunities and make the most of them.

Fulbright Scholar works to resolve ammonia emissions and its negative effects

Dr. Richard Gates and Dr. David Kelleghan
Dr. Richard Gates, Director of the Egg Industry Center and Endowed Professor in the Departments of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, and Animal Science (left) and Dr. David Kelleghan, Fulbright Scholar (right)

The growing demand for food worldwide aligned with the increasing drive to reduce emissions and associated impacts has driven David Kelleghan’s interest in resolving the longstanding problems related to ammonia emissions and its negative effects. Dr. Kelleghan, a Fulbright Scholar visiting Iowa State University from Dublin, Ireland is working under the guidance of Dr. Richard Gates, Director of the Egg Industry Center and Endowed Professor in the Departments of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, and Animal Science. “The Fulbright program has offered me the opportunity to travel to the US to work with one of the leading international researchers in ammonia emissions, Dr. Richard Gates. Since I started my PhD, I have been reading Dr. Gates’ work on Portable Monitoring Units (PMUs) which are open-sourced sensors designed to monitor ammonia emissions, it has been a huge honor to work with Dr. Gates.” 

Dr. Kelleghan received his Bachelor of Science from University College Dublin in Environmental Biology, a Master’s of Science in University College Cork in Ecological Impact Assessment and his PhD from the University College Dublin, School of Biosystems and Food Engineering. Through his academic career, Dr. Kelleghan’s main focus has been on ammonia emissions from poultry, swine and the land spreading of cattle slurry. In addition to identifying and monitoring associated ecological and environmental impacts from atmospheric ammonia. Being the nation’s leader in poultry, swine, corn and soybean production, the state of Iowa along with the prior connection to Dr. Gates, Iowa State University was the perfect fit for Dr. Kelleghan’s Fulbright program. Read More

Fellowship Funding Opportunity

Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF) Program: The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2022 Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF) program. Established by the Secretary of State in 2003, this fellowship program serves as an innovative model for engaging the American academic science, technology, engineering, and medical communities in U.S. foreign policy and international development through on-site work at the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). 

The JSF program is open to tenured, or similarly ranked, faculty from U.S. institutions of higher learning who are U.S. citizens. Online applications will be accepted from August 2, 2021 through October 15, 2021 at 5 PM ET. To learn more about the JSF program and to apply, visit

Iowa State University Study Abroad Center Fair - September 16

Study Abroad Center Fair September 16
The CALS Study Abroad Office will be in attendance to share about upcoming travel abroad opportunities through our college. Learn More

Global Programs Staff Highlight

Jessica BoertjeJessica Boertje, study abroad advisor and recruiter for all CALS study abroad programs. Jessica advises students interested in many types of study abroad opportunities and also manages the office’s student workers (Student Travel Consultants). Jessica is also a co-advisor to ISU’s chapter of IAAS (the International Association of Students in Agriculture and Related Sciences).

Before working for Iowa State University, Jessica has lived and worked in 3 countries (outside of the US) and studied abroad for 2 semesters in her undergrad. Jessica earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies at Central College where she studied abroad for two semesters- in London, England and Leiden, the Netherlands. Jessica earned her master’s degree in Cross Cultural Communication and Media Studies from Newcastle University in Newcastle, England. Jessica then lived in Cork, Ireland, working in recruitment before moving back to Iowa. In her free time, Jessica likes to explore the world and learn new perspectives through travel, reading, volunteer work, and meeting new people.

Reach out to Jessica at to learn more about study abroad through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences!

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