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March-April 2022

Anticipating Spring Study Abroad Programs

The CALS Study Abroad office is eagerly anticipating four faculty-led travel courses over spring break that will send a total of 50 students abroad. The college will also be sending five students to the Mississippi Delta through the first Study USA program.

Costa Rica Fall 2021 Group

Soils, Crops, and Natural Resources of Costa Rica

March 9 - 19, 2022

Program Directors: Amber Anderson and Lee Burras

Portugal vineyard

Pork, Port (Wine), and Cork: The Land and Livestock of Portugal

March 9 - 20, 2022

Program Directors: Jodi Sterle, Leonor Leandro, and Matthew Wenger

Uganda AlexisStadtlander
*Photo credit: Alexis Stadtlander

Service Learning Trip to Uganda

March 10 - 21, 2022

Program Directors: Richard Schultz and Dorothy Masinde

Honduras Maria Buitrago

Caribbean Marine Biology, Honduras

March 12 - 20, 2022

Program Directors: Donald Sakaguchi and Jeanne Serb

Mississippi Delta Highway 61 Blues

Study USA: Agriculture and History of the Mississippi Delta

March 12 - 20, 2022

Faculty Leader: Gail Carpenter

Perrotis College Study Abroad Group Spring 2022CALS Students Spend Spring Semester Abroad

A total of 22 Iowa State students are participating in an exchange or semester-long program abroad during this spring semester.


Follow CALS Study Abroad on social media for updates and adventures from current students abroad! Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

Dr Hale Turfan
Dr. Hale Tufan

Shifting Gender Equality from Afterthought to Guiding Goal of Agricultural Innovation Presentation

Gender is integral to agricultural innovation. Yet, gender relations, social inclusion, power, and agency often remain an afterthought in agricultural innovation processes. Using crop improvement examples, this talk will critically explore gender in agricultural innovation and design, including frameworks and approaches for inclusive design, innovative tools and methods that integrate gender research, and how intrahousehold dynamics shape crop trait preferences, varietal adoption, and seed systems. The talk will include big picture reflections for the future: challenges of working across disciplinary barriers; global-local linkages when considering social inclusion in crop improvement; building graduate student competencies on diversity, equity and inclusion; and recommendations for agricultural innovation programming.

  • When: Thursday, March 24 - 7:00 PM
  • Where: Sun Room, Memorial Union
  • Who: The event is open to all faculty, staff, and students
  • Instructors: This event is open for extra credit, instructors can register their classes at: 

Speaker: Dr. Hale Tufan, Professor, Dept. Global Development; School of Integrative Plant Science, Project Director: GREAT, AWARE, NextGen Cassava, and Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement, Cornell University.

In her work with plant breeders and researchers, Dr. Tufan explores how agriculture can contribute to gender equality and social inclusion. Tufan serves in leadership positions of several projects aimed at food security, crop improvement, seed systems, and gender relations. She is associate director, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement; PI, Gender Responsive Researchers Equipped for Agricultural Transformation (GREAT); PI, Muhogo Bora: Cassava for All, division lead, NextGen Cassava; gender research lead, Feed the Future Insect-Resistant Eggplant Partnership. 2019 recipient of the Norman Borlaug Field Award.

Please distribute widely to your students, faculty, and staff. All Welcome!

Sponsors: Corteva Agriscience; International Association of Students in Agriculture and Related Sciences (IAAS); College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Offices of Academic Innovation, Global Engagement, and Global Programs; The World Food Prize; ISU’s Women and Gender Studies; ISU’s Global Resource Systems

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Global Programs Welcomes University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad Visiting Scholars

In January 2022, the Global Programs office welcomed seven visiting scholars from our partner institution, the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, India. The World Bank-Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) awarded funds to the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad (UAS-D) under National Higher Education Project (NAHEP) an Institutional Development Plan (IDP) titled “Augmenting Quality and Relevance of Higher Agricultural Education through Enhanced Learning Outcome and Entrepreneurship Development.” One of the major objectives of this project is to improve the academic ambiance and technology competence of faculty through the international training program. As a part of this program, seven young faculty from the diverse disciplines of Agricultural Sciences are undergoing a 3-month training program at Iowa State University. The program dates for the visiting scholars are January 15- April 15, 2022. Read More.

UASD Visiting Scholars

Dr. Archana Gopalrao Lamdande

Hosted by: Greg Curtzwiler

Dr. Chandrakant D. Soregaon

Hosted by: Arti Singh

Dr. Deepthi

Hosted by: Hannah Scates Kettler

Dr. Ramya Ganesh

Hosted by: Buddhi Lamsal

UASD Visiting Scholars 2

Ravikumar Hosamani

Hosted by: Madan Bhattacharyya

Dr. Shaik Mohammed Akbar

Hosted by: Buddhi Lamsal

Dr.Vinayak Upadhya

Hosted by: Shrishail S Navi

New Student Advising Resources Available

Academic advisors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences promote the personal and academic development of the student while broadening the student’s interest and outlook by encouraging self-discovery and academic breadth. Academic advisors have the institutional knowledge and connections to play a crucial role in connecting and informing students about international opportunities.
The CALS Study Abroad office works closely with academic advisors in the college to provide resources and aid to academic advisors to advise current students on the array of study abroad opportunities. Learn more.

International Students in CALS, Spring 2022

Iowa State University provides programs and services to help international students and scholars achieve their goals and objectives. During the Spring 2022 semester,  44 undergraduate and 127 graduate students from 50 countries enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The Office of the Registrar indicated 2,390 international students enrolled at Iowa State in Spring 2022, comprising 8.4% of the total enrollment.

More specific information on the international students in CALS can be found at

Global Learning in Agriculture (GLAG) - Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL) Presentation

GLAG22 Primary LogoThe Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods will be conducting a virtual presentation on the ISU-Uganda program as part of the 2022 Global Learning in Agriculture Community (GLAG) Conference. The virtual presentation will include an overview of the Uganda program, specific areas of impact, student involvement, and time for Q&A.

The Global Learning in Agriculture Community (GLAG) is an innovative professional development space to synergize diverse educator audiences around global agriculture and food security. This year’s conference will consist of virtual presentations from partners worldwide. The presentations will take place every Wednesday throughout the year. A list of presentations can be found on the 2022 Global Learning in Agriculture Calendar of Online Events.

Complimentary registration is available as part of the ISU community, allowing you to register for just $25! Please follow the steps below to use the complementary code and complete your registration:

  1. Click this link to lead to the registration page:
  2. Click the "Register Here" button
  3. Fill in your personal information and select "Digital Pass" for the Registration Type section.
  4. Navigate to the Order Summary page and enter your complimentary code for the digital pass ($25 value): GLAG22IowaStateReach

The CSRL presentation will take place on Wednesday, April 13, 2022. Additional information on the CSRL presentation will be available closer to the event.

Affording Study Abroad Virtual Session

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 - 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

This informational session is aimed at students interested in learning more about study abroad opportunities, how to find available programs, and understanding the budgeting/financial aid piece of study abroad. Open to all students. 

Questions? Contact Jessica Boertje, CALS Study Abroad Advisor. 

CALS Study Abroad Student Highlights:

Blake Van Der KampAmber FriedrichsenNathan Behrends

"This study abroad opportunity opened my eyes to the food insecurity problems people are facing around the world. Dr. Burras made the experiences practical and more digestible than anything I could have learned in a classroom setting."

Blake Van Der Kamp, sophomore in agriculture and life sciences education, international agriculture, public relations, leadership studies, agronomy

Blake's student highlight

"I’m glad Costa Rica was my first study abroad trip at Iowa State because it helped me get more excited about studying agronomy when I returned to campus. With that said, I think after having one trip under my belt I am excited to explore different programs and branch out a little more when considering my next study abroad experience."

Amber Friedrichsen, senior in agricultural and life sciences education & agronomy

Amber's student highlight

"My experience studying abroad in Costa Rica was full of growth and rewards. The biggest takeaway I had from my trip was the aspect of sustainability. Costa Rica was exceptional in producing enough food and fuel using the resources they had available within the country. It was eye-opening to see the different renewable practices firsthand and challenged me to look at how we produce our commodities in Iowa."

Nathan Behrends, junior in agricultural studies

Nathan's student highlight

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