Hands-on opportunities at Purdue

As a college student, a lot of time is spent inside the classroom. But there is nothing better than taking what you have learned and putting toward hands-on work experience.  One way to do that is through research.  At Purdue University, there are many avenues for students to get involved in research, and for students in the College of Agriculture, one of those opportunities is at the Animal Sciences Research and Education Center (ASREC).

Located ten miles northwest of campus, the ASREC sits on 1,515 acres of land and has eleven operating units. These units include:

  • Aquaculture
  • Beef
  • Dairy
  • Poultry
  • Sheep
  • Swine
  • Farm Operations
  • Feed Mill
  • USDA-ARS Livestock Behavior Research Unit Lab
  • Little Pine Watershed
  • Wetlands Study

As stated on the ASREC website, the mission of the ASREC is, “to provide animals, facilities, technical assistance and labor to conduct research, provide instruction, and assist in extension educational activities.”

Not only does each unit have its own manager and a full-time staff but part-time student employees put in nearly 500 hours each week. This work opportunity allows them to get out of the classroom, get their hands dirty on the farm, and use their knowledge in a work setting. And, some students are able to utilize these facilities for their own research.

In order to give more insight on the opportunities for students at theASREC, I have put together a Soundslides that highlights an agricultural communication student working at the Purdue Dairy Unit.

Follow this link to check out pictures and audio featuring a student worker at the Purdue Dairy Unit:


Lauren Rowe, a junior agricultural communication student of Auburn, Ind., wakes up at 3:30 a.m. to go out to Dairy Unit.  At the farm she is in charge of tending to newborn calves, preparing the bottles used for feeding, and cleaning and rebeddig pens.

Waking up before sunrise and working at the farm gives Rowe a chance to “start the day off right,” as she would say.  And because she grew up around farm animals, and has a passion for the beef cattle industry, the Dairy Unit is a home away from home.  But not only is it a place of comfort and relaxation, it is also a place for hands-on learning.

Before switching her major to Ag Comm, Rowe was studying animal sciences with a focus on production.  By working with the young calves, she is able to continue to apply what she learned in her ANSC courses, such as biology and animal nutrition.

If you are interested in working at the ASREC, check out there student employment opportunies.

Note: Tomorrow I will be posting my a final blog post for the semester.






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